Situated on Maui’s northeastern shore, Nāpili Bay Beach Maui is a beautiful crescent of white sand that perfectly conveys the picturesque, idyllic Maui fantasy. Nāpili beach is very popular for locals and visitors alike, and those staying in resorts and vacation rentals within walking distance of this gem are very fortunate indeed.
Nāpili Bay Beach History
Though known to be the site of an ancient Hawaiian battle, there is little recorded history regarding pre-contact Nāpili Beach. The first resort planning at Nāpili Bay began in 1957, after Canadian Jack Millar was told about the beautiful bay by a neighbor. In 1960, Millar acquired a 30-year lease on the land, and Nāpili Kai, Ltd. was born. The Nāpili Kai Beach Club, a modest, 16-room resort, was completed in 1961, and has been expanded several times.
Nāpili Beach Facilities
The are no facilities or public restrooms at Nāpili Beach, Maui itself; restrooms and showers at the Nāpili Kai Beach Resort are reserved for guests. Parking is off-street in the neighborhood.
Nāpili Beach Swimming Conditions
Nāpili Beach in Maui is a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling and surfing. The turquoise waters of this idyllic white sand beach are primarily known as a great surf spot; there’s a sandy entrance in the center, though the bottom drops off quickly. If the surf is high, it is advised to stay out of the water. As with all Hawaiian beaches, check the current conditions and pay heed to all posted signs regarding ocean conditions and safety.
How to Get There
From Lāhaina, take Highway 30 north past Kaʻanāpali. Just after mile marker 29, turn left on Nāpilihau Street. When you get to the end of the road, turn right on Lower Honoapiʻilani Road and you will see Nāpili Beach Maui. Parking can be found roadside on Nāpili Place (second left) or Hui Drive (third left).