Consider this a casual walk along the coast with great scenic views!
Here’s the quick list of what to do to see the best of the Kapalua Coastal Trail!
- Park at Dragon’s Teeth trailhead
- Hike to Dragon’s Teeth and Makaluapuna Point
- Walk or drive to Kapalua Ironwoods parking lot
- Continue on the Kapalua Coastal Trail
- See Oneloa Beach
- Continue walking along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
- See Hawea Point (turn back around here if you want to make it a shorter walk, or…)
- Continue walking along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
- See Kapalua Bay
- Head back to where you came from!
1. Park at Dragon’s Teeth trailhead
2. Hike to Dragon’s Teeth and Makaluapuna Point
3. Walk or drive to Kapalua Ironwoods parking lot
4. Continue on the Kapalua Coastal Trail
6. Continue walking on the Kapalua Coastal Trail
7. See Hawea Point
After you go to Hawea Point, you can turn around to make it a shorter walk, or…
8. Continue walking along the Kapalua Coastal Trail
9. See Kapalua Bay
10. Head back to where you came from!
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That is the island of Molokai you see off in the distance when you are hiking the Kapalua Coastal Trail!
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MAP: Kapalua Coastal Trail
The “you are here” marker is at the start of the Dragon’s Teeth Trail, which goes towards the ocean (no trail marked on the map).
For another visual, here is the suggested route as listed above to enjoy the Kapalua Coastal Trail!
How long is the Kapalua Coastal Trail?
And how much time does it take?
The Kapalua Coastal Trail is officially listed at 1.76 miles, which would make it around 3.5 miles round trip.
If you were to casually walk the full length out and back without stopping, from Fleming Beach to Kapalua Bay Beach (or in the opposite direction), it might take around 1 to 1.5 hours.
This Kapalua Coastal Trail distance doesn’t include the side trail to Dragon’s Teeth and Makaluapuna Point, which might add on around 20-30 minutes total.
Is the Kapalua Coastal Trail paved?
There is a part of the Kapalua Coastal Trail that is paved. There are also parts of the Kapalua Coastal Trail that are not paved. The unpaved portion includes a dirt surface like a typical hiking trail, and it also includes a boardwalk trail.
Where to start the Kapalua Coastal Trail: Where is there parking?
Here are some of the main parking lots along the Kapalua Coastal Trail that you may consider:
Because the trail extends point-to-point, you can make the “start” of the trail at either end.
For the purposes of planning out this day, we will call the start of the Kapalua Coastal Trail at the northern end. I would say this is the quieter end.
On the northern end, you can park at DT Fleming Beach Park, Dragon’s Teeth Trail, or Kapalua Ironwoods. Dragon’s Teeth and Kapalua Ironwoods are relatively small parking lots. DT Fleming Park has a bit of a bigger parking lot, but it’s also tends to get more people. (aka it’s possible it’ll be nearly full.)
On the southern end, you can park at Kapalua Bay. This is also a parking lot which tends to get more people.
So basically, you can also plan out your day to start and end at a beach!
At the northern end of Kapalua Coastal Trail is DT Fleming Beach
DT Fleming Beach is at the northern end of the Kapalua Coastal Trail. This is more so known as a boogie boarding beach, which means that the ocean waves might be a little rougher.
There is also an oceanfront dining option here, where you can order a shake as your snack to keep you energized for your walk! (Maybe split it with someone so you don’t get too full to move. ;)) Or, make it a full meal after your walk. See the menu with prices.
Ritz Carlton Kapalua is also at the northern end
And then there is also the Ritz Carlton Kapalua that is at the northern end of the Kapalua Coastal Trail.
There’s a paved path that runs in front of the resort that is considered to be part of the Kapalua Coastal Trail, so if you do start at the northern end from Fleming Beach, then you will walk right past it.
At the southern end of Kapalua Coastal Trail is Kapalua Bay Beach
In general, Kapalua Bay can be seen as calmer and more of a beginner-friendly beach. Kapalua Bay Beach is considered one of the best snorkeling spots on Maui too.
Montage Kapalua Bay is also at the southern end
And then there is also the Montage Kapalua Bay that is at the southern end of the Kapalua Coastal Trail.
Similarly, there’s a paved path that runs in front of the resort, so if you walk this portion of the Kapalua Coastal Trail, you’ll walk right past the Montage Kapalua Bay.
Getting to the Kapalua Coastal Trail by bus
It’s possible to get to the Kapalua Coastal Trail by bus. There’s a bus that goes to Kapalua.
There are a couple of bus stops that are within walking distance of the Kapalua Coastal Trail. The Dragon’s Teeth Trail and Kapalua Ironwoods are both around a 5-10 minute walk from the nearest bus stop. Kapalua Bay is around a 5 minute walk (or less) from the nearest bus stop.
If you’re coming from Kaanapali or Lahaina, then it will be a direct bus to get to Kapalua. It’s around a 45 minute bus ride from Kaanapali, and around a 75 minute bus ride from Lahaina. If you’re coming from elsewhere, then you’ll transfer at Lahaina to get on the bus to Kapalua.
Google maps is a reliable way to get around Maui by bus. You’ll select the public transit option. If it’s not showing that the bus stop is as close as mentioned, then that likely means the bus is temporarily not going there. But in normal times, you can get there by bus!
This bus route is generally once an hour, so it’s best to plan ahead and pay attention to the bus timings!
And that’s a bit about hiking the Kapalua Coastal Trail!
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HAPPY HIKING IN KAPALUA!