Were Hollywood to film a Maui beach flick, the location would be Napili Bay. Palms fringe a perfect sand crescent and no hotel or condo is taller than the palms. Like all West Maui beaches, the view toward Moloka‘i and Lana‘i is stunning. Sunset watching is a ritual.
Sometimes calm as the bathtub, Napili also can be turbulent in winter, even drawing surfers. Summer also can bring high surf. On most days families play near shore and serious swimmers stroke evenly across the bay. Snorkeling is good near rocks at either end, where sea turtles may be spotted.
This palm-fringed crescent is a bigger brother to adjacent Kapalua Bay. Napili curves more deeply into the shore, and its drop-off is steeper, making the shore break a little higher and a real boon to the kids who Boogie board all day long.
Public access is from its south and north ends. Parking is tight so get there early in the day.