All About Kapalua Maui

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Kapalua is located on the Northwest side of Maui. The region offers stunning beaches, golf courses, and luxury resorts and spas. Kapalua is also home to one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

Why are we sharing Kapalua when we’re located over an hour away? Because so many of our Haleakala bike tour guests come from the Kapalua area on Maui’s west side and ask us what there is to do near where they’re staying. Here are some fun facts about Kapalua.

Kapalua Maui Area


What To Know About Kapalua Maui


1.  Kapalua is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, including Oneloa Bay, Napili Bay, and Kapalua Bay.

Kapalua Maui Beaches

2.  The area offers a wide variety of activities, including golfing (Kapalua Golf), hiking, swimming, and snorkeling

3.  Dragon’s Teeth can be accessed by trail here, which is a pretty spectacular spot for photos.

Kapalua Maui Dragons Teeth

4.  The luxury spa at Montage Kapalua is famous as the ultimate spot to pamper yourself after a day of exploring the island.

5.  The restaurants and bars at Kapalua are some of the best on Maui. Check out Merriman’s, The Sea House, Cane and Canoe, Sansei, and many more.

6.  The views from Kapalua are breathtaking, especially during sunset. Walking the Coastal Trail is great any time of day, but sunset is on a whole other level.

Kapalua Maui Sunset

7.  It’s a great place to escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet. 

8.  The weather in Kapalua is sunny and mild most of the year, though it does tend to be affected by a big cloud system that changes from mauka to makai. This helps explain just how green it stays in this region.

Kapalua Maui Rainbow

9.  Staying in Kapalua generally costs more. With the likes of Montage and the Ritz-Carlton, even the many villas around are higher-end. That said, you get what you pay for. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Kapalua Maui, there’s a wide variety of accommodations, from luxurious suites to spacious villas.

10.  You’re only a short drive to Kaʻanapali. It’s a great spot to visit for the day. Hit some beaches, hit some balls, and end with a great meal.



Ritz Carlton Kapalua Maui Resort & Montage Kapalua Bay

The Ritz Carlton Kapalua is one of the most popular resorts on the island. The Ritz Carlton Kapalua Resort features stunning ocean views and world-class amenities. Stunning white sand beaches, world-class golf courses, Honokahua Bay, and Honolua Bay are just moments away from this Kapalua resort.

Kapalua Maui Beach Path

The Montage Kapalua Bay is another popular Kapalua resort in an area full of award-winning accommodations, and this resort offers stunning views of the bay and also has dining events at the Cliffhouse.

Kapalua Maui Cliff House


Napili Kai Beach Resort Kapalua

If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, there are also plenty of options next door. The Napili Kai Beach Resort is a great choice if you’re looking for a beachfront property. Although the Napili Kai is not technically a Kapalua resort, it is the perfect getaway in close proximity to all of the luxury accommodations, golf courses, and white sand beaches without the hefty price tag.

Kapalua Maui Napili Kai


Things To Do In Kapalua

There are also plenty of things to do in Kapalua. Kapalua’s championship golf courses are some of the best on the island, and there are also plenty of hiking trails and beaches nearby. Award-winning restaurants offer some of the best food on Maui, and there are plenty of bars and nightlife spots as well.

Kapalua Maui Adventures

Kapalua is definitely one of my favorite places on Maui, and even if you are not staying in Kapalua, it’s worth the ride to check it out.


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Know Before You Go

Haleakala is a 10,000 ft volcano and as you bike down Haleakala through scenic Upcountry Maui, you will experience incredible views, a fascinating history, and underappreciated culture. However, you are also riding in unfamiliar territory, through unpredictable weather, on rental bicycles, and on paved public roadways.

Elements to be Aware of on Bike Ride:

Some elements that you need to be aware of may include but are not limited to the following:

Curving/winding paved roads with many 180 degree turns
Steep inclines and declines
Road reflectors, guardrails, and pylons in place for cars, not for bicycles
Roadway debris
Varying climate including hot and cold temperatures, dry and wet weather, high altitude and minimal visibility
Vehicular traffic – private and commercial

Before you participate in this activity, please consider the risks involved which are not limited to those listed here or in the waiver and risk acknowledgement form. You must be capable of competently riding a bicycle and should have recent biking experience.

Requirements to Participate:

Have recent biking experience
Ability to use a mountain bike with disc brakes, suspension, and gears
Capable of completing several miles of a downhill bike ride at a safe speed
Physically healthy and not have health concerns that may affect your ability to complete the ride safely.
Meet the age minimum of 15 years AND the height requirement of 4’10” or taller.
Understand, acknowledge, and adhere to ALL provided rules and guidelines.
Have not gone scuba diving within 24 hours prior to the activity. (Check with your dive master for details)


Your safety and the safety of others that use the road is our top priority, so we ask that you know before you go, what this activity entails and the risks involved in such activity.