Exploring Kapalua Maui by Bike
Located in Northwest Maui along the Honoapi’ilani Highway, Kapalua is one of the coolest places on Maui to explore by e-bike. Sitting on a previously thriving 23,000 acre plantation, this community has a rich history, beginning as early as 1836. Now, Kapalua is a master-planned world class resort known for its stunning shorelines, championship golf courses, award-winning restaurants and luxurious boutiques.
Kaanapali to Kapalua – 7 miles
Translating to “two borders” in Hawaiian, Kapalua is positioned between Oneloa Bay and Honokahua Bay. It’s about 7 miles north from our shop in Kaanapali and we recommend taking the Lower Honoapalii Road – instead of Route 30 – since it offers slower traffic speeds and better views. It’s also home to the Pu’u Kukui Preserve, home to 18 native plants found nowhere else in the world. The area has implemented conservation programs and is dedicated to fostering an appreciation for nature, and promoting a sustainable way of life.
Over the years, Kapalua Bay has been recognized as one of the top beaches in America by the Travel Channel, Stephen Leatherman and host of the renowned Kapalua Wine & Food Festival. Whether you’re looking for luxury, relaxation, adventure or culture, Kapalua has something for everyone. Rent an electric bike for a half or a full day and experience the beauty and excitement that Kapalua has to offer. Or, book a self-guided tour for 2-hours, 4-hours or a full day and get access to our curated route, map, and step by step directions.
What to do in Kapalua:
Looking for something to do outdoors on Maui? Go for a hike!
- Mahana Ridge Trail – accessible from D.T Fleming Beach, this strenuous out and back hike rewards hikers with spectacular views of the Honokahua Gulch. Approximately 10 miles round trip.
- Coastal Trail – a popular flat coastal walk along the ocean’s edge running from Kapalua Beach to D.T Fleming Beach Park. Approximately 3 miles round trip. Along this hike, you’ll pass by Dragon’s teeth and Makaluapuna Point, Oneloa Beach and Hawea Point.
- Honolua Ridge & Maunalei Arboretum Trails – See native Hawaiian plants and flora from around the world such as the Surinam Cherry and the Travelers Palm. Choose from 3 trails ranging from a quick .5 mile loop to the 2.5 mile out and back trail along the ridge.
- Acid War Zone Trail – For a great photo op, head towards mile marker 38 and take this rugged 30 minute hike to Nakalele Point. You’ll get to watch the seawater spurting from the famous Nakalele Blowhole as high as 50 feet in the air. Proceed with caution and don’t get too close! Pro tip: if you don’t feel like hiking, park at mile marker 38.5 to watch the blowhole from the viewing area.
Kapalua Coastal Trail
- Kapalua Bay – Award-winning beach with golden shores, colorful coral and tropical fish and sea turtles. Perfect for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving
- D.T. Fleming Beach – the most popular body surfing beach on West Maui named after the man who introduced pineapple to West Maui
- Oneloa Bay – Watch the surfers at this secluded local spot found along the Coastal Trail.
- Honolua Bay – Marine Conservation District great for snorkeling in the summer and surfing the large swells in the winter.
D.T. Fleming Beach
Best things to do on Maui: More Popular Activities and Attractions in Kapalua
- Golf – Kapalua’s two championship golf courses are also certified Audubon sanctuaries, protecting 23 species of birds. Schedule a tee time at the famous Bay & Plantation Golf Courses, which has held over 20 major professional tournaments and is consistently rated one of the top courses in the world.
- Spa – Schedule a spa day and prepare to get pampered! The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers treatments based on native practices, such as the Coconut Crush Body Renewal and the Pohaku Wela Hot Stone Massage. Spa Montage is another popular place to rest and refresh.
- Zipline – feeling adventurous? Get your adrenaline pumping on Maui’s largest dual zipline course. Kapalua Ziplines offers an experience with an ATV ride, a 360ft suspension bridge and photo worthy panoramic views.
- Horseback Riding – journey from the mountains to the sea by horse! Ironwood Ranch is the place to go for horseback riding and guided nature walking tours.
- Self-Guided E-Bike Tour – We have curated four different self-guided e-bike tours, including our popular 2-hour scenic route through Kapalua. We provide everything you need including an electric bike, a scenic map, helmet, and lock. Keep in mind that it takes about 45 minutes each way to get to and from Kapalua, so if you want some time to explore, we recommend a 4-hour or full day rental.
- Snorkeling, SUPing, kayaking and other ocean activities – Honolua Bay and Mokule’ia Bay are both Marine Life Conservation Districts, making for some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii and home to ancient lava formations, marine life and vibrant coral gardens.
Where to Eat in Kapalua
- The Burger Shack: Beachfront bar with creative burgers and shakes, cocktails, beer and wine.
11am – 4pm | One Ritz-Carlton Drive
- Sea House: Ocean views in an open-air setting with a fantastic happy hour menu and live music
7am – 9pm, Happy Hour: 2 – 4:45pm | 5900 Lower Honoapiilani Road
- Gazebo: Popular poolside gem offering breakfast and lunch known for their big buttermilk pancakes and famous fried rice.
7:30am – 2pm | 5315 Lower Honoapiilani Road
- Plantation House Restaurant: Experience their recently renovated restaurant. Dine on warm fresh banana bread and a blackstone benedict while overlooking the world class golf courses and endless blue ocean.
Tues – Sun: 8am – 2pm, 4:45 – 8pm (closed Mon) | 200 Plantation Club Drive.
- The Pour House: Italian wine bar that uses locally-sourced ingredients and plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu items.
Mon & Tues: 5-9pm, Wed-Sun: 12pm – 9pm | 700 Office Road
- Honolua Store: Cute historic landmark offering plate lunches, fresh deli service, an espresso bar and plenty of grocery items, fine wines and gifts.
6am – 7:30pm | 502 Office Road
- Merriman’s: Renowned oceanfront restaurant boasting a farm to table prix-fixe menu using 90% locally sourced ingredients
4pm – 8pm (Reservations Required) | 1 Bay Club Place
- Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar: Popular contemporary sushi spot with new wave Asian inspired dishes.
5pm – 8pm daily | 600 Office Road
- Taverna: Great spot for classic Italian dishes with a modern twist. They also offer weekend brunch and happy hour.
Hours vary | 200 Village Road