If Maui’s majestic natural splendor is beckoning you to get out and explore the island, head to West Maui and enjoy a scenic hike along the ocean. The Kapalua Coastal Trail is the perfect warm-up trail: walkable, in good condition, and not too long; you can make it from one end of the trail to the other and back in about three hours.
Another highlight of the Kapalua Coastal Trail is the beach access. Walkers frequently head off of the trail for a quick pit-stop at the beach. Ready to embark on your hiking adventure? Hold your horses; let the team at Parrish Maui walk you through everything you need to know about hiking Kapalua Coastal Trail.
Location & Parking
Kapalua Coastal Trail is located close to many of West Maui’s luxury resorts and vacation rentals; you might be able to start your hike a little early by walking to the trail. However, if you would prefer to drive, several parking lots are right near the trailhead. You might want to have payment handy; some nearby parking lots require a fee to park after a certain time.
Walking the Kapalua Coastal Trail: What to Expect
The Kapalua Coastal Trail runs right along the coast, giving hikers magnificent oceanfront views. The trail consists of mixed terrain, including a boardwalk, pavement, lava rocks, and sand. However, do not be scared off by the rocks and sand; this trail is very flat and easy to navigate, making it a favorite for families with kids.
Kapalua is an out and back trail; going one way is approximately 1.75 miles, giving this trail a total length of about 3.5 miles. As the trail snakes through the coast, walkers will pass Kapalua Bay, Namalu Bay, Oneloa Bay, and Honokahua Bay, home to the fantastic D.T. Fleming Beach Park. We recommend giving yourself three hours to complete the trail, but more time is required if you decide to stop for a beach break.
Speaking of the beach, bring or wear a swimming suit. As you have no doubt discovered, Maui can be quite hot and sunny, so breaking up this walk with a dip in the ocean is an absolute treat. The beach is also a great spot to stop for a snack or, even better, a picnic lunch. Some people also bring snorkeling gear; Kapula Bay Beach is one of the best snorkeling beaches on Maui, and snorkelers frequently spot sea turtles, eels, and more marine life.
Return to a Luxury Maui Vacation Rental After Your Hike
After hiking Kapalua Coastal Trail, head back to your luxury vacation rental from Parrish Maui. Our well-appointed vacation rentals are rich with fantastic amenities and are located in some of the most sought-after destinations on Maui. Please browse availability online or call 877-854-9070 to stay with us.
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