Nestled between the northwest side of the West Maui Mountains and the open Pacific, Kapalua is one of Maui’s exclusive and breathtakingly beautiful areas.
Whether you are staying at the Ritz-Carlton or just in the area for the day, here are some of our favorite things to see, eat, and do in Kapalua.
If the West Maui Circle Drive seems a bit much, you can still capture the beauty of Maui’s northwest coast just past Kapalua by visiting either D.T. Fleming Beach or the world-famous Honolua Bay.
Fleming beach boasts sandy shores, barbecues and restroom facilities. It is also one of the few beaches on the island with a manned lifeguard tower. If you want to spend a day at the beach, this one is less crowded, but still a family-friendly option.
Honolua Bay is better known for its snorkeling, so grab your fins! Both of these beaches can have large waves in the winter, so check the surf forecast before hitting the water. Surfers, enjoy!
You can also enjoy Ironwoods beach and some of the other beaches in the Kapalua area along the Kapalua Coastal Trail, an easy hike that features stunning views of the Pacific. Check out any of the hiking trails in Kapalua; they’re all a blast, though generally easier than most on the West side, so committed hikers may be up for a bit more of a challenge.
The Kapalua Zipline
The Kapalua 7-line Zipline boasts incredible views and one of the country’s longest ziplines. All ziplines are dual so its a great experience to share with a friend. You can choose between the 5, 6 or 7 line tour. Find out more here.
Play a round of Golf
As the host of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Kapalua holds claim to the Plantation course, one of the most famous golf courses in the world and the top-rated course in the state of Hawaii. While a round won’t come cheap, if you’re an avid golfer, this is a course that shouldn’t be missed. Be sure to plan your outing in advance, as bookings can get crowded depending on the season. Find out more here.
Where to Eat
Honolua General Store is one of the island’s most beloved stops, with basic general shopping (stock up on snacks!) as well as local food prepared daily. If you’re in the mood for something more upscale, try Cane & Canoe at the Montage Kapalua Bay or Sansei, one of the best sushi restaurants in Hawaii.
We hope you enjoy your time in Kapalua. Let us know your favorite spots in the comments section below.