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Ka‘opala Beach

Beaches/Public Recreational

4739-4809 Lower Honoapiilani Rd
Lahaina, 96761

Snorkeling, Swimming

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Snorkeling, Swimming

Ka'opala Beach

Have fun in the sun on Maui

Ka'opala Beach, nestled between Kapalua and Kahana in West Maui, offers a unique coastal experience, albeit with some considerations. Its relatively undiscovered status provides an opportunity for solitude, a rarity among the bustling beachfronts in the area, allowing visitors to appreciate its serene beauty.

However, there are drawbacks to be mindful of. Ka'opala Beach lacks facilities, featuring a small stretch of sand with rocks and limited space, especially during high tide. It may not be ideal for those seeking an expansive, sandy shoreline. Swimming comes with caution due to a creek's discharge to the south, affecting water quality. A 2019 survey revealed elevated turbidity levels, and the name "Ka'opala," translating to "garbage" or "muck," reflects this aspect.

Despite these considerations, Ka'opala Beach occasionally offers clear waters, attracting waders and snorkelers. For enhanced snorkeling experiences, Keonenui Beach to the north is recommended. The beach's small size and secluded ambiance often make it a tranquil destination, although it may see occasional surf-casting by locals. Timing your visit to avoid crowded periods ensures a more enjoyable experience at Ka'opala Beach.

Ka'opala BeachHave fun in the sun on MauiKa'opala Beach, nestled between Kapalua and Kahana in West ....

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