U.S. News & Word Report named Napili Beach as one of the best things to do on Maui in 2022. Though not nearly as expansive as Wailea or Kaanapali, crescent-shaped Napili Beach is particularly popular with families. Napili’s waters are much calmer than those at other Maui beaches, so kids and adults alike can take to the seas for swimming, paddle boarding and boogie boarding. Plus, Napili Beach provides a quiet, laid-back atmosphere that sunbathers love.
If you plan on visiting Napili, make sure you bring your snorkel gear. Napili’s reefs conceal a wide array of fish, not to mention a sizable sea turtle population. (Just note that it is against the law to touch sea turtles; those who violate that law could face a steep fine.)
You’ll find Napili Beach a few miles south of Kapalua on Maui’s northwest coast. Most travelers recommend driving to the beach, which can be accessed from the Honoapiilani Highway (Route 30); however, plan to get there early, as parking is limited and finding a space in the afternoon can be a trying experience. If you’re planning to spend the whole day, make sure to bring supplies – you won’t find the amount and variety of restaurants there that you would at other Maui beaches (the beach is lined with hotels and condos), so snacks are key.