In a nutshell: A less crowded, low-key resort beach with a much more family feel than many in West Maui.
Minuses: Parking can be difficult.
Sound-bite: “What is the definition of resort, anyway?”
Napili Bay has a sandy cove nestled in mid-range resort which is itself nestled in a residential neighborhood.
This “resort” is reminiscent of an older mainland beach town; multiple low-rise condos make up the resort area. Much more basic than the high-end Ka’anapali resorts, and also less expensive and less commercialized which seems to attract families and European travelers.
– Napili Shores
– Napili Surf Beach Resort
– Napili Bay Resort
– Napili Sunset
– Hale Napili
– Napili Village
– Mauian on Napili Bay
– Napili Kai Beach Resort
Don’t let the class of lodging fool you, the beach here is spectacular and world-class – a five-star resort would be at home here, and some day I’m sure it will.
Entry is sandy, and the bottom is sandy with moderately steep entry and then reef further out (you can see the reef in the Google satellite image below.)
Sea turtles frequent the bay, and snorkeling can be fair when the surf is mellow. When the surf is up visibility, and thus snorkeling, is poor.
The water is frequently glassy, but when big swells come in waves can become quite large, and the rip currents which form here pull directly out to sea. Less experienced swimmers should avoid the water here during such conditions.
There are restaurants, bathrooms and a general store in the resort. There is a shopping center with supermarket between the main highway and the resort.
Location: Along Lower Honoapi’ilani Dr. – via Napilihau Rd. @ 29 mile marker of Honoapi’ilani Hwy (Hwy 30)
GPS Coordinates: 20.995219,-156.66652
Facilities: Public showers, no lifeguards, restrooms in various resort buildings.
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