Are you looking for a more laid back, less busy area of Maui to visit? Napili is for you! On Maui, nestled on the shore between Kapalua and Ka’anapali, you find yourself in the quiet resort town of Napili. You will find many attractions just a short distance from Napili, as well as right in town. Whether you prefer to explore directly in Napili, or around the area, you will find much to do. Should you prefer to keep sightseeing to minimum and spend your days relaxing on the sand and water, Napili has you covered.
Napili Farmers Market
If you are searching for unique gifts, handmade jewelry, locally sourced hot sauce, and live Hawaiian music, come to the Napili Farmers Market! Come shop the market Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 am to noon. You will find fresh juice, Hawaiian honey, organic artisan kombucha, baked goods, and even macadamia nut spreads and dressings. You will see and taste the most beautiful local fruits and vegetables. Be sure to arrive early for the best selection!
Honokowai Beach Park
Honokowai Beach Park is your sandy retreat for swimming and snorkeling for the day.The name Honokowai means “Bay for drawing water” as there used to be freshwater springs at the edge of the water. Rest in the sand and sun or shade as you prefer. There is a long shallow pool that is perfect for children to play in. Bring a picnic and have a grilled meal on the barbecues and eat at the picnic tables. Playgrounds are also here for the children to use, perfect to make a full day of it.
Honolua Bay Marine Reserve
Less than a ten minute drive from Napili you can visit the Honolua Bay Marine Reserve. Honolua Bay is part of the forty-five acre Honolua-Mokuleia Marine Conservation District. As a protected environment, these waters provide a coral that is abundant with creatures of every kind. You will find Humpback whales here when in season, green sea turtles, and even spinner dolphins swim these waters. Explore the area by snorkel, surf (experienced surfers recommended), or you can take a kayak or outrigger tour.
Golf in the Area
If you are interested in hitting the links, there are two magnificent courses within a ten minute drive for you to enjoy. Explore the magnificent Kapalua Bay Golf Course, featuring the only hole on the island that plays over the ocean. The Bay Course has hosted over 20 professional tournaments. You will definitely want this feather in your cap.
The Plantation Course is consistently ranked as the number one golf course in Hawaii. You will marvel at this course located on the base of the West Maui Mountains, offering you breathtaking ocean views from almost every hole.
About twenty-five minutes from Napili you will find the amazing Nakalele Blowhole. Spraying water up to one hundred feet in the air like a geyser! Stand close and you will get wet, but definitely don’t get too close, you want to avoid getting sucked into the hole or caught on the slippery rocks in the excitement. This is truly a sight you will want to catch while in the area.
A Few Restaurants Worth Mentioning
If you love to taste craft brews or enjoy unique pub food crafted from the same beers and locally sourced menu, you need to come to Maui Brewing Company Lahaina Brewpub. Come for happy hour, every day from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Or you can take beer to go in four or six packs, or grab a growler of your favorite brew!
Fish Market Maui
Just one mile down the shore you will want to visit Fish Market Maui. Dine al fresco, eat inside, or grab some lobster salad or sushi rolls to go. Local fishermen bring the catches fresh daily, almost right to your plate! Come enjoy the fresh Ahi or chowder in a bread bowl! Nothing beats these fresh seafood dishes.
Come to The Gazebo for the French Toast. Or maybe you prefer fried rice topped with eggs and filled with generous meat and vegetable chunks. Pour some coconut syrup over your pancakes and savor them. You can enjoy breakfast or lunch all day, from 7 am to 2 pm. There is almost always a wait here, but you will find it is so worth it! As an added bonus you can enjoy the ocean view while you wait.
Weather and Transportation
With average lows in the high 60’s and average highs in the mid 80’s this area is perfect for a visit any time of the year.
Renting a vehicle will afford you the most freedom of movement throughout the area and the island. There are bus lines and taxis, but the buses cannot take you to or from the airport. You will have access to Uber, Lyft, and taxi as transport from the airport, as of February 1, 2019.