Kapalua Coastal Trail
Kapalua Coastal Trail
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A two-mile walk along Maui's northwest coast, the trail begins and ends on a beach. In between, you'll see spactacular oceanfront and bountiful greenery on the dramatic coastline.
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  • M Moore
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice beautiful trail
    Beautiful trail. We thought it was going to be all paved, but was not, lots of dirt and rocks, so wear sneakers. I was surprised you could get to the end of the rocks, and wasn't blicked off. Stay where it's dry and you'll be safe.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 January 2024
  • redfamfive
    Laguna Niguel, California10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking Hike
    Don't miss this breathtaking hike on an easy trail! Roundtrip from Napili is about 3 1/2 miles, and it is gorgeous the entire way. You are able to have 180 degree ocean views, with whales breaching and spouting, the whole hike. Also, the turn around point is at Flemings beach - which is beautiful - and there is a burger shack there with killer mai tais, if you want a fun stop at the half way point. This hike compares to the memorable national park hikes that we have taken. I did it 3 times during the week I was on Maui, and already look forward to going back and doing it some more!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 February 2024
  • ctmom123
    Freeland, Washington68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the effort. Beautiful views.
    I’ve seen mixed commentary on how difficult this hike is. Some say moderately difficult, and others say it’s very easy. I did it on a rainy/windy day, so it was occasionally slippery in the mud. It is rocky (both lava and rocks) and at times you are climbing up and or down rocks to continue along the path. I saw some people starting out in flip flops - they did not complete the trail. Some with kids turned back. The trail is pretty well marked, although there is a lava part that is a little confusing. It’s a beautiful view. It’s worth the effort, but I would not call it an easy hike.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 March 2024
  • Jonnyjubb
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go Early To Getting A Parking Space
    Went on this walk based on previous reviews. Had to go twice as there was nowhere to park the first time, so got there early the following morning. Sensible shoes are strongly advised as the terrain is quite rocky. There are hills and steps, but I wouldn’t say it’s that difficult a hike. Great views along the way. Took us about 90 mins there and back and stopped for a coffee near to Napili Beach on our return. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2024
  • Amy C
    Walnut Creek, California15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning easy access trail
    This trail is stunning!! A relatively flat trail with many access points and stunning views. Right along the ocean with some portion on a built up boardwalk. We walked it in the morning and the evening and both times were lovely and not overly crowded. I can’t recommend this trail enough. Lovely!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 June 2024
  • Lindsey M
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful cliffs, volcanic rock, ocean views
    A wonderful trail to see the volcanic formation cliffs along the beaches. The beginning section is a sidewalk that runs alongside the Ritz Carlton hotel and then turns into a parking lot to the left where you will find monuments for ancient burials that are close by. Follow the red dirt trail(very muddy if it has rained) to the Dragon teeth made from volcanic rock then back to the trail and take your next right into the beach access. Trail heads to the left and runs alongside a bird sanctuary and then into more volcanic rock formations and eventually dead ends as concrete stairs. Good way to see nature and take some nice photos. It rained today when we hiked but it was still manageable. I walked in Earth Runner sandals and my husband wore No Bull All Day shoes; both held up great and were able to be rinsed (red dirt) before getting back into the car.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2024
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Benjamin W
21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Very nice walk, quite easy to complete. But not handicap or wheelchair accessible as you will have to walk over some rocky areas that are not paved trail. Not much shade or anywhere to sit. We ended up staying on our way back at the beach at the beginning of the trail, Kapalua Bay beach Found this little cove to be better than the better known Ka'opala Beach. This small beach has very calm water since it's a cove and is crystal clear with some reefs to snorkel over as well. It has limited space and gets a lot of people from the hotel next to it.
Parking for the trail or the beach is challenging if you don't get there early. There is a small parking lot which fills up quickly from people going to the beach. Everybody else parks along the side of the road so you may have to walk a bit and be very careful from all the traffic.
It would be nice if there was some sort of vendor nearby or long the trail where you could get a drink or buy snacks while you are at the beach, but there is absolutely nothing. Everybody seem to bring their own stuff.
I definitely recommend this trail if you're looking for an easy walk along the coast for great views and some nice photos. About halfway through the trail it goes inland along the hotel properties so you won't be seeing the coast at that point. It was a nice way to fill some hours before going to our scheduled luau that evening.
Written 3 September 2022
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Tucson20,598 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
From the Marriott/Whaler's Village, we took the local bus ($1 for seniors, $2 for regular fare) up to the Kapalua golf course. From there, we walked down to the beach (D.T. Fleming), around the Honokaihua Burial site (ancient, sacred, cultural grounds), along the Kapalua Coastal Trail, and back to the bus stop (route #28) in front of Sea Horse Restaurant.

The views are incredible and the walking paths are varied, ranging from picking your way through rocky inclines to flat, paved pathways (and everything in between).

Just a word of caution: if you can avoid driving a car here, you will have a much better time. Parking is all on the side of the road and the spaces are such a challenge that it is a wonder how many fender-benders happen while negotiation the limited spaces. On a nice day, it is near impossible to find a space within walking distance.

Do consider the bus. It will take you back to Whaler's Village and from there, you can catch the free local green bus that will take you to the Marriott and further if the short walk back to the Marriott is something you don't want to do. That freebie bus services the local Kaanapali Hotels.

Also, that bus service (different route number) will also go to Cannery Mall and to downtown Lahaina.

This made for a near-perfect day. Loved our walk and the ease of taking the bus to do it.
Written 11 February 2023
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Jerilyn W
Anthem, AZ22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We did this last week with our teen boys. Beautiful, easy hike, mostly paved or easy paths. Only a short part is rocky. Take water as there is no shade and go early to beat the crowds and get parking. Maui is mobbed with tourists now as you will see on some of the beaches you pass on this hike.
Written 2 August 2021
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Katherine S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
There are several places to access the coastal trail: from the Kapalua Beach parking lot to the Ritz Carlton. You can stop along the way for swimming, snorkeling, cliff jumping, cliff walks, bogie boarding, surfing or visiting dragon's teeth and the labyrinth. Parking may always be an issue, however, you can park for $10/day at the Kapalua Tennis Club parking lot across from Merriman's restaurant. The views are simply spectacular and it is totally free. You will love all the photo ops available. Bring water because there aren't many water fountains along the way. Travel lightly because you don't want to have to cart many things around while on the trail. It is not strenuous although you need a good had to shield the bright sunshine. Do this and commune with the ocean. The white water breaking on the cliffs is mesmerizing.
Written 6 April 2023
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NancyinDerby
Derby, KS597 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
LOVE getting to walk the Kapalua Coastal Trail! It varies by the time of day, weather, but it is filled with so many varied beautiful vistas. There is some flat walking, hills, moderate rocky climbing-it has it all. This is a moderate trail that families can surely enjoy.
Written 16 February 2020
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Wikumj
Bromley, UK393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
A stunning and easy coastal walk with plethora of picture perfect postcard views across a range of different types of terrain. We went during the evening for sunset and there were a number of people with photographers getting professional photographs taken. One of our favourite activities on our day trip to West Maui.
Written 8 August 2022
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Hatzlacha
Virginia914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It’s a nice, relatively short, but quite scenic trail that was the most enjoyable around sunset. Minimal areas were challenging, though I wouldn’t necessarily do it in flip flops. One of the highlights was dreaming of how the wealthy people live in the amazing adjoining gated communities. Great trail to soak in the good Maui life.
Written 29 February 2020
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,598 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We took the Maui bus to Kapalua Beach and walked the path up to the trail. There are nesting birds in the environ so tread softly and carefully!

The views are incredible" Molokai Island is right in sight and the expanse of clear beautiful water is worth the walk to see. But the walk to the end will go down to D T Fleming Beach which is a long walk away.

We really enjoyed our time here but did not hike the rough lava-rock terrain. You pick your battles. Not today, thank you.
Written 6 February 2022
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Lee4shalom
Chicago, IL176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
We stayed at a hotel in Kapalua and I couldn’t get enough of this gorgeous path along the water. It’s about 1.6 miles each way. It’s especially beautiful in the early morning and around sunset. Parts of it are more rough than others so be prepared to clean your shoes afterwards. Definitely walk out along the lava rocks to try and spot sea turtles, whales and dolphins. You can walk one way on the path and the other way on a sidewalk along the street if you like. There’s several beautiful beaches along the way. Love it!
Written 19 December 2020
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SandiS778
Spokane Valley, WA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Easy hiking and so beautiful! We have been on this hike several times. However, most people were not wearing masks. If you love fantastic views and a great walk, we highly recommend. You will walk by beaches but also cliffs that are truly amazing! We saw turtles and whales (February visit). Very windy so dress accordingly and ladies, recommend putting hair up.
Written 4 March 2021
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