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Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, Maui, HI
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We have been visiting Kapalua Beach on Maui for over three decades and have witnessed the evolution of the site from quiet, undeveloped hidden hideaway to the hotel encircled, crowded white sand crescent it is in 2018. Yet this remains a favorite place to relax,...More

Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our family visited Maui in mid August 2018. We went to Kapalua beach for snorkeling. The beach is beautiful! My husband and two girls (teenagers) went snorkeling. They only swam about 20 meters into the ocean and saw a lot of colourful tropical fishes. A...More

Thank Tianxue Z
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A little tough to reach, this beach has beautiful sand and gentle waves. There are coral reefs not too far off the sand, so be mindful... it can be sharp. Ok for kids, but need to keep eyes on as the water gets deep (for...More

Thank mjd496
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't see a lot when we snorkeled here but it was a little late in the day. There is plenty of parking. The beach is beautiful, nice place to relax.

Thank Andrea F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The parking is somewhat limited if you go later in the day..we parked on the street. The walk in was fine, but be careful and pay attention when going down the steps. There is a lot of sand on them, which can be slippery even...More

Thank 1amalie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When Ritz Carlton demolished the elegant Kapalua Bay Hotel and replaced it with timeshares, they hosed their equipment off into the storm sewer that feeds into the bay. We could see the dirty water pouring into the bay from the pipe. This covered the reef...More

1  Thank Joseph_Meyer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is amazing! There are a ton of shady spots to setup for the day. The entry to water is sandy so it is easy for kids. My daughter loved playing in the waves. The snorkeling was amazing! Terrific reef and rocky edges. Lots...More

Thank backpackerjmk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kapulua beach for many will be accessed via the tunnel by the public car park and provides a great view of the beach. Generally this end of the beach is busier but the far end is better by the beach rentals as it has a...More

Thank Mark L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a close second for me, but my wife and kids loved it. We saw turtles, Moray Eels and other see life. Also they were one of the few beaches I noticed with lifeguard staff on hand. Which they were super friendly and talkative...More

2  Thank williamtreicampbell
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Get here early to find a parking spot in the main lot. If you come later, you will have to park on the street. That's also ok, but the lot is much better!!!! We usually come before 9am. The snorkeling is really nice here, a...More

1  Thank OCGirl58
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27 June 2018|
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Response from ladydi50CA | Reviewed this property |
It's public. I highly recommend getting there early in the morning, as parking (as well as the beach) fills up. Parking is limited.
25 January 2018|
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Response from Micheale P | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there was a small hut on one end of the beach where you could rent snorkel gear. I don't know about prices, didn't pay attention, as we had bought snorkel masks on Amazon and brought them with us.
James M
28 February 2016|
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Response from 65oski | Reviewed this property |
The Ritz Carlton has a beach rental shed at Kapalua Bay that includes SUP's and kayaks. Don't know their rates or whether you have to be a Ritz Carlton guest to rent. Check with the hotel. The bay is very sheltered so it'd... More