The Coolest Maui
This is a protected marine preserve, so snorkeling in Maui can be fun here if the water is clear and the surf is calm - mornings will be your best bet for finding good conditions for snorkeling. Same with swimming - as long as the water isn't too rough, going for a dip here can be a great way to cool off!
This cute little Kapalua beach still has quite a bit of shade even at mid-afternoon. Although I haven't been here at all times of day, I suspect that simply due to the tall walls of earth surrounding the beach there is likely a fair bit of shade here most of the time.
However, if the sun is what you seek, it's best not to come first thing in the morning - wait for the afternoon to head over here so you can find your own patch of sunny warm sand like we did!
Because this Kapalua beach is a marine life conservation district, please don't take any "souvenirs" of sand, rock, coral or marine life with you.
There are no restrooms or other amenities on site. To keep the area in pristine condition for future visitors, be sure to bring back any garbage with you so that it can be properly disposed of later.
To get here, head north on the Honoapiilani Highway. Keep driving past the main Kapalua resort area. Once you pass Lower Honoapiilani Road (the turn-off for D. T. Fleming Beach), it's only about another minute before you'll see cars parked along the makai (ocean) side of the road in front of some chain link fencing. This is your stop! Park your car and walk over to the far end of the parking area where you'll see Mokule'ia Bay signage and a staircase leading down and away!
Literally a minute or two further down the highway is one of the island's best known spots for snorkeling in Maui: Honolua Bay. Even if you don't intend to snorkel here, believe me, the views alone make the walk down to the bay well worth it!
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