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Napili Beach, Lahaina

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#2 of 31 in Beaches in Maui
Known as the "hidden gem" of Maui, Napili Beach offers swimming, snorkeling, and a possibility of encountering sea turtles. It is a rare beach on the island where there are no sharp coral reefs on the shoreline. The ocean bottom is soft and sandy, and rather steep, which makes it suitable for surfing, given that the weather permits. Showers and toilets are available, and there is a general store several minutes away. You will find food places in the area too. Shade is not common, so bring a sun umbrella. Put Napili Beach on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Lahaina sightseeing planner .
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  • My grandson LOVED this beach! he just had a blast playing in the surf, the sand, and the water. We were able to see a couple turtles a pod of spinner dolphins playing and a whale jump! Who could ask f...  more »
  • Tried snorkeling at Napili November 1 and found the surf was too rough to enter the water from the shore.  more »
  • The palm trees just sing Hawaii at this location, and the cliff side restaurant at Napili Shores is highly recommended. Water was dumpy with a strong undertow when we visited, so not suitable for chil...  more »

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Where to stay in Lahaina

Despite its popularity with tourists, Lahaina offers relatively few accommodations, which boil down to rental properties and several hostel-like establishments with rooms available on a nightly, weekly, or monthly basis. If you don't have to stay in Lahaina itself, consider lodgings in Kaanapali, less than 15 minutes away by car. Other good options are the resort hotels just to the north of Lahaina, and oceanside campgrounds to the south.
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