Best place to stay on Maui!!!
I've stayed here multiple times and every time I go I am never disappointing! When I think of staying in paradise, I picture this hotel! It is located on the beach of Napili in a tiny bay with only about three other hotel locations that share the beach. It's small and because they are also condo's, the layout consists of small bungalow's rather than a hotel tower.
All of the employees are so friendly with most of them have worked there for years so they really care about the well being of the resort and it's guests. It's nice that the property also holds condo's because all of the people who own property there love talking with guests and giving suggestions about activities and what not. From just about every room you can hear the waves crashing and are just steps away from the actual beach. The resort also offers a great restaurant, The Sea House which offers a walk up bar for a quick drink/snack without even putting on a shirt and shoes!
Napili Kai also has it's own Hula Show on property every Tuesday! The Napili Kai Foundation is a non profit organization created to preserve the Hula tradition for the children of Maui! This is a great show for the family since it's very inexpensive ($10 for adults and $5 for Children) and is put on by children ages about five to probably eighteen. The show is so good, and it's so cute to see how talented this kids are!
The resort usually hosts a handful of other events during the year, and often has weekly Hawaiian musicians perform to play music and tell Hawaiian stories. They also host a coffee bar in the morning on the sand as well as have a torch lighting ceremony every night at dusk.
Every time I stay at Napili Kai, I feel like I'm getting a real Hawaiian experience and like I am staying with family rather than staying at a large commercial hotel. You will love it!!!
Kapalua Beach & Bay
This is one of my all-time favorite snorkeling beaches in Hawaii. Kapalua is located in northwest Maui and is known for its world class golf. It's got several beaches and bays but the one shown has public parking and is a favorite for snorkelers. Waters are protected by a reef and a large population of tropical fish inhabit the area. It's a great place for children to learn to snorkel since access into the water is easy and fish can be observed in a few feet of water. The beach is sandy and crescent shaped and has a lovely view of Molokai.
Lower Honoapiilani Rd inbetween Napili Kai Beach Resort and Kapalua Bay Hotel. The small public parking lot fills up early. Can also park along the road or try the beach late in the afternoon. Snorkeling and seeing whales breeching in the distance.
We were going to go to Maui for one reason - SNORKELING! My boyfriend says the snorkeling there is better than Kauai or Oahu (I loved the north shore of Oahu). So, my expectations are huge. Here are some snorkeling spots to check out on Maui - all to the west coast of the island starting with the most southern end (Beg-Beginner, Int-Intermediate, Adv-Advanced):
La Perouse-Excellent place to snorkel if it isn't too windy. There is a pod of dolphins that frequents the area - usually in the early morning hours. If you are lucky they will swim with you! Located past Ahihi Reserve, this is end of the road unless you have 4-wheel drive & a lot of clearance. Beach is rocky to none. Int to Adv
Ahihi Keanau Reserve-We snorkeled in this spot. There's isn't much of a sandy beach at all so walking on the rocks is challenging when you are bare footed. But getting in and out of the water isn't too hard. The current is mild (on this particular day) and lots of fish in the area, The water wasn't too clear but I imagine there are better days here in this bay. Located south of Wailea & all of the hotels, after the road narrows & follows the coast closely, you will begin to see Ahihi Keanau Reserve signs. Beach is rocky. Beg to Adv
Five Caves-Is a snorkel or scuba spot. Abundant marine life including many turtles. Not for beginners due to the swimming distance. Many caves and "swim-thrus" for advanced scuba divers. Visibility is sometimes poor after rain or south swells. Located south of Wailea on Wailea Alanui, turn toward the ocean on Makena Rd, just south of the Makena Surf Condos. In about 1/4 mile, you will see some dirt parking on both sides of the road & a small graveyard between the parking and the ocean. Follow the trail to the sea and look for an inlet for entry. No Beach. Int to Adv
Polo Beach-by the Kea Lani Hotel. This is a pretty sand beach with the best snorkeling area to the right. Nice coral formations and plenty of fish. Located between Wailea and Makena in front of the Kea Lani Hotel. Take Kaukahi (the road on the south side of the hotel) toward the ocean and turn right at the bottom of the hill, following the beach access signs. Showers, change rooms, restrooms. Nice sandy beach. Beg to Int
Mokapu and Ulua-two beaches separated by a nice little snorkel point. This is a nice place for the family, especially if you are staying in the Wailea area. Parking lot may be full if you are not there early or later in the afternoon. Located in Wailea between the Renaissance & Outrigger hotels. See the sign on Wailea Alanui and turn toward the water. Showers, change rooms, restrooms. Nice, sandy beach on either side of snorkel area. Beg to Int
Kamaole Beaches-1, 2, & 3 are stretches of sandy beaches along South Kihei Road. Each beach is bordered by rocky points. These points are the best snorkeling. Great family beaches with plenty of stores and restaurants close by. Located on South Kihei Road in Kihei. Showers, change rooms, restrooms, lifeguards, phones, park facilities. Nice, sandy beach. Beg to Int
Coral Gardens-lots of coral and tropical fish. Good spot to see turtles. Unless you are on a boat, this is only recommended for advanced snorkelers due to the long swim & sometimes difficult access. Located on Hwy. 30, about 1/2 mile north of the tunnel. The first parking area north of the Pali (cliffs). Enter by parking area and swim south in front of the cliffs. Showers, change rooms, restrooms. No Beach. Adv (Beg to Int from a boat)
Olowalu-Acres of coral reef. You could spend the whole day here and not see it all. If it's a little murky at first don't get discouraged-just go further out. This area stays shallow for a long way out. Follow the sand channels until you are deep enough not to scrape your belly on the coral. This location is also a good choice in the afternoon as it more protected from the trades. Located on Hwy. 30 at mile marker 14, about 10 miles south of Lahaina. See mile marker post on the mountain side of the road. Be careful not to park in soft sand! Narrow sandy beach. Beg to Adv
Wahikuli Park-Located just north of Lahaina on Highway 30. Across the street from the Post Office & Lahaina Civic Center. Showers, change rooms, restrooms. Sandy beach. Beg to Int
Black Rock-wall dive for snorkelers. A lava outcropping with coral attached. Swim from the South end up to the north & back again. If there is no ocean swell, this can be a very clear snorkel. One usually sees turtles along the way and an occasional tako (octopus). A common spot for night dives. Located on Hwy. 30 in Ka'anapali turn toward the ocean on Ka'anapali Parkway. Look for the free beach access parking. If it's full, you'll have to park at Whaler's Village parking. If you decide to eat or buy something at this mall or have lunch, you can have your ticket validated. Lots of parking (some free some not - see above), showers, change rooms, restrooms, pay phones, shops and restaurants. Beautiful sandy beach. Beg to Int
Kapalua Bay-prettiest beach on Maui & a good snorkeling spot. Best snorkeling is on the north side of the bay unless you are very experienced, you should stay within the bay due to the potential for strong currents outside. Located on Hwy. 30, at the Napili Plaza, turn toward the ocean on Napilihau Street. When Napilihau Street "T's" at Lower Honoapi'ilani Road, turn right. Drive almost a mile to Napili Kai Beach Club and turn toward the ocean at the Shoreline Access sign. Park in the lot and walk through the tunnel to the beach. The best snorkel access is on the north side of the bay. Showers, change rooms, restrooms. Sandy beach. Beg to Int
Makulei'a Bay-known as "Slaughter House" to surfers, is a good place to snorkel. The snorkeling isn't quite as good as Honolu'a, but if there are some in your group that want to just hang out on the beach, this would be a good compromise. If you are an experienced swimmer, you could snorkel around the northern point to Honolu'a. There are coral formations on each side of the bay and lots of colorful fish. The chance of spotting a few turtles here is good. This is a marine reserve so you are not allowed to take anything. Located north of Napili on Hwy. 30, at mile marker 32, you will see a chain link fence at the top of the cliff. Park where you can and walk down the concrete stairway to the beach. Be sure to park off the road. If you are not completely outside of the white fog line, you may get ticketed. Sandy beach. Beg to Adv
Honolu'a-The website below indicates this is the best Maui snorkeling spot on a good day. We enjoyed this place a lot. The beach is very nice, not too crowded. The snorkeling to the east side or right side of the bay is better. I did see one turtle thought the water was sorta murky, I did get a photo. A good day here is when there have been no recent North swells or rain. During North swells, this is a world class surfing spot & not for good snorkeling. If there has been a recent rain in the area, the run-off enters at the mouth of the bay and ruins the otherwise great visibility. Most of the time this is a great place to snorkel or dive. There are coral formations on each side of the bay & lots of colorful fish. The chance of spotting a few turtles here is excellent. This is a marine reserve so you are not allowed to take anything. Located north of Napili on Hwy. 30, about 1/2 mile past mile marker 32, you will see a metal gate (teal colored fence) down in a wash. Park where you can & walk around the gate, through a canopy of trees and to the water. Be sure to park off the road. If you are not completely outside of the white fog line, you may get ticketed. Large beach, smooth rock. Beg to Adv
Info obtained at the website listed below: Snorkel Tube and Goggles
Flippers (I don't like to use these)
Reef Shoes for rocky lava areas
Bathing suit (I don't think swimming naked is allowed)
To prevent goggles from fogging up - wipe inside of goggles with your own spit (sounds gross but it really works)
Best place in Hawaii
Napili Kai is the most magical place to stay in Hawaii. Beautiful beach, great rooms, friendly staff 5 pools (& the HUGE whirlpool), plus it's across the road from magnificent Kapalua Golf Resort. There's nowhere I'd rather be than Napili Kai, ever. We've stayed there many times, BBQ every night and never have to venture far to be perfectly happy.
I want to go back!!!!
Paradise....That is the one word that best describes the Napili Kai Beach Resort. This was our first trip to Maui and had heard several good things from friends and family about the resort, but it wasn't until we actually experienced it ourselves that we understood exactly what they had all meant. The rooms are simple, yet wonderful. The sand seem to follow us to our room each time we came back from the beach, but our room was always spotless after housekeeping had been there. Our lanai looked out over a lush green area that overlooked the ocean. We spent every morning and every sunset out there enjoying the spectacular view. The snorkeling was awesome. We truly felt like we were swimming in an aquarium. The fish and the turtles were abundant and the water is calm and clear. The beach was never too crowded and the 10 am coffee/juice and snacks is always a treat. The staff is extremely friendly and everywhere you turn someone is smiling as they pass.
We can't wait to go back!!
The Unhurried Way of Life
Not sure why tripadvisor has Napili Kai in the Lahaina area? Anyway, Napili Kai is “The Unhurried Way of Life”. It is not for everyone but I recommend it for those who have been to there done that in Maui. It has an excellent beach in front of the property for relaxing, swimming, and snorkeling. Each day I was there I saw Honu's (sea turtles) either popping out of the water for air or when I went snorkeling in the water. The rooms at the property are simple and clean. It has a rather large putting course to enjoy while sipping on one of the best Mai Tai’s I’ve ever had. The Sea House Restaurant has amazing views Molokai and no doubt whales when they are in the islands. The food is comparable to Mama’s Fish House. (I had the stuffed Ahi) My wife and I stayed at the Ritz on our honeymoon and when we asked about going snorkeling they took us in a van to the Kapalua Bay beach which is just across the street of Napili Kai and I found the Napili Kai beach less crowed and better snorkeling.
I just have to disagree with reviewer who said this napili kai was awful. I have just stayed for six days over new year with my family in the Honolua building and it was fantastic. Spotlessly clean, no bugs indoors and certainly not damp - even after torential rain. We could step straight out almost onto the beach. The staff were excellent and very friendly, the views fantastic. Evaryday we thanked out lucky stars we did not book one of the awful highrise blocks around Lahaina. Would go back to Napili Kai tomorrow if we could.
The PERFECT Honeymoon or Vacation Destination!!
Our honeymoon was my first trip to Maui from September 27 - October 2, 2004. My husband and I were extremely fortunate to find Napili Kai Beach Resort! We plan on returning as often as possible. The staff was always smiling and always friendly. They did an excellent job of maintaining the beautiful grounds each day, as well as keeping our room spotless. The private access to the Napili Bay was fantastic, and the sea side path along the ocean provides breath-taking views of each Maui sunset. I've read a few reviews where others have mentioned bugs which concerned me a little before arriving. However - we did not come across a single bug during our entire 5 day stay. The Sea House Restaurant was honestly some of the best food I've ever sampled. The room itself was fantastic, allowing the cool breeze in or air conditioning (whichever you desire). The room's lanai was also wonderful when sunbathing got the best of me and I needed some shade. I can't imagine a better resort to stay in and get that kind of Maui experience. Also, having a choice of four pools was wonderful! As soon as one would get "crowded" (more than 4 people!), we could pick up and relocate to another pool with breathtaking views of the Napili Bay! My husband was thrilled that the Kapaula Golf course was so close by, as well as the shopping district in Ka'anaapli. We have already recommended this resort to family and friends and will continue to do so!
really liked Naili Kai
Went to Hawaii for my 50th birthday and were on Maui from Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2004. We really liked Napili Kai but heads up on a couple of things. They were doing construction in one wing and we were placed in the wing next to it so during hte day if we were in the room we heard construction. I wanted to request a room change which I feel sure they would have complied if they had the rooms but my husband did not want to move our luggae to another room so we stayed put. Also we had heard you do not miss air conditioning, well we did! The trade winds to blow but you still need your ceiling fans on and have to have your windows to the lani open at all times when you are in the room. The problem with that is that you hear all the outside noises and we could hear our neighbor on his lani hacking and coughing and spittin over the railing as well as his TV if we were on our lanig. We really missed air conditioning. When the sun comes up in the morning up wake up to as it shines in with no curtions over it.
Now for all the positives and there were plenty. Napili Kai is set on beautiful Napili Bay and is a low rise complex that blends into the environment. OUr condo was very clean and neat. They have fully stocked kitchenettes and the views outside of our oceanview lani were beautiful. The staff were all very friendly and efficient and as helpful as they possibley could ahve been. The restaurant, the Sehouse is very nice and the food we had there was very good. It is quiet in that area of Maui and just a short walk over to Kapaulu. It was a short drive to Kaanapili and Lalhina as well.
We would certainly stay there again but I would ask if there was construction and to be put far away and ask for a room in the wing that did have air conditiong.
I plan to put pictures up but have not done so yet. Email me if you have any questions.
We chose the Napili Kai because we were looking for a low key relaxing environment and this place fit the bill perfectly. Napili bay and the nearby Kapalua bay have wonderful beaches and decent snorkeling. We were a little apprehensive at first because our room didn't have air conditioning but we decided that the view overlooking the bay made it worthwhile. We didn't miss the AC either, the ceiling fan and afternoon breezes provided adequate comfort. The room was clean and very comfortable with a full kitchenette. Most amenities such as beach towels, snorkel gear and parking are free. The Sea House restaraunt was very good (but expensive) and there is a more reasonable place for breakfast/lunch across the bay (The Gazebo). The Kapalua/Napili area is very nice and quiet with most buildings three floors or less. There are several excellent restaraunts in the area. I've stayed in nicer hotels but I woudln't hesitate to return to the Napili Kai.
Napili Bay Condos - Question?
We are a married couple interested in an oceanfront condo in Napili Bay in late January. We're not brining kids.
Would really any appreciate feedback on what might be our better options for a condo stay there from any folks that may been there recently.
RE: Napili Bay Condos - Question?
Napili Kai Beach Club.
But I also recommend the Kaanapali Alii or the Whaler.
RE: Napili Bay Condos - Question?
Hey Griff, they are looking for a quiet area north of Ka'anapali and the heavy tourist traffic. I suggested the Honokeana Cove Condos. Do you know of a good condo in the Napili area?
RE: RE: Napili Bay Condos - Question?
Napili Point, One Napili (3 bedroom 1/2 blk from beach) and Napili Kai Beach Club. The others are a bit dated. I don't like Kahana beaches but, there are some nice condos. Kapalua Villas are very nice but you have to walk or take the free shuttle to the beach. I also go through a direct from owner group called Ridge Rentals. Much better pricing
Honeymoon Kauai or Maui?
Me and my wife are planning to go for our honeymoon either in Maui or Kauai beginning of April. Which island has better beaches for swimming and relax? Can you also recommend a hotel which will be close to a nice swimmable beach?
RE: Honeymoon Kauai or Maui?
Pretty much all of Maui is good. Makena up to Kapalua. Have a look for The Napili Kai Beach Resort.
Kauai is also wonderful. I would recommend Poipu, The Kaihuna Plantation or the Hyatt.
RE: Honeymoon Kauai or Maui?
Kauai is the more naturalistic of the two islands. If you're looking for a balance between the naturalism of Kauai and the commercialism of Oahu, then Maui would be the better choice. The Hyatt on Kauai is supposed to be very very nice. I met several people on Maui a couple of months ago who had split their trip between the two islands and loved it. The Wailea area on Maui is a popular area for honeymooners. The Kaanapali area is our favorite, but is the most commericialized area of the island, with the town of Lahaina nearby. For us, we loved going into Lahaina in the evenings and strolling the mainstreet, having dinner & drinks and people watching. Enjoy whatever you choose.
Thinking of Maui for a 1 week vacation - can anyone recommend an area that would be beachfront, and not high rise condos?
Re: Quiet location?
When we were last in Maui, we stayed in the Grand Wailea, part of the Waldorf Astoria Collection. It is magnificent, but pretty pricey. The beach is wonderful and that area is quieter than Kaanapali.
Re: Quiet location?
I would think you would find the GW to busy (very much a convention hotel). Napili may be perfect. Makena also might be perfect.
Best of all would be Hana.
Now you didn't say if afternoon rains are a problem because you will get them on most days in Napili and Hana.
Re: Quiet location?
Sorry, The GW is very pretty and luxurious but might not fit.
Re: Quiet location?
I love Lahaina, but it is so long since I've been there that I can't remember what sort of beaches were there. It is a really quaint town and I stayed at the Pioneer Inn, which is very old worldy and I am told is still there.
Re: Quiet location?
Well, I lived on Maui for a number of years, so am fairly familiar. No beaches in Lahaina, really. Kaanapali, three miles from Lahaina, has the big high rise hotels. The road between Kaanapali and Napili is where the condo properties are. Wailea does have some lowrises, but I would recommend the Napili Kai Beach Resort. It is a well established hidaway, that has been in operation for several decades.
There is a shuttle bus service into Kaanapali and then into Lahaina..
If you need any information on my Maui, don't hesitate to ask. Maui no ka oi, - Maui is the best........d:o)
Aloha Nui Loa......
Re: Quiet location?
I recommend Mama's Fish House Inn - beach cottages in Kuau... http://www.mamasfishhouse.com/ if you want quiet, ambience and good food. It has a cove and the famous windsurfer's Hookipa Beach.