Bay, "America's Best Beach"
1991, Kapalua Bay gained worldwide attention with its accolade in
which a study ranked first out of a total of 650 beaches. The survey
was based on 50 physical, biological and human considerations, including
texture and color of sand, frequency of breaking waves and degree
of solitude. This famous beach fronts Kapalua Bay Hotel and includes
a beach activities desk offering a wide variety of watersports equipment
and activities including snorkeling.
Fronting The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, D.T. Fleming Beach is a long white
sand beach great for running and sunning. A variety of beach activities
and equipment are available through the beach activities desk, including
snorkeling, kayaking and boogie boarding.
This white sand beach stretches from The Bay Villas to The Ironwoods,
Oneloa Beach is a favorite of locals for boogie boarding and just
plain sun worshipping in a secluded setting.
and Mokule'ia Bays
Since 1978, Honolua Bay and the adjoining Mokule'ia Bay, located
just north of Kapalua, have been protected by the State. The late
Colin C. Cameron, Kapalua's founder, is credited with having the
State of Hawai'i declare Honolua Bay as a "Marine Snorkel Life Conservation
District" in an effort to protect the island's unique ocean resources.
Fishing is strictly prohibited. Beneath the waves, submerged gardens
thrive containing beds of lava rock rich in a variety of corals
and abundant marine life, including humuhumunukunukuapua' a (Hawaii'
s State fish), manini, aholehole, uhu, octopus, damsel fish and
sea urchins, to name a few. Honolua is an excellent place to snorkel.
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