Three Tiered pool with ocean view Kapalua Maui

Planning Your Trip

Radiantly beautiful Maui — Hawaii’s second largest island — is one of the world’s most sought-after locations. Offering sparkling beaches, gorgeous sunsets, locavore dining and eco adventures, the island has something for everyone. The only conundrum? You may start planning to extend your trip as soon as you arrive.

Kapalua Coastal Walk
Kapalua Coastal Walk
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What To Pack

For more than a thousand years, Hawaiian culture developed independently from outside influences. Spanning cultural, culinary, artistic and spiritual practices, its origins are in the Polynesian people who first voyaged to Hawaii. Learning about and respecting these diverse traditions, from traditional healing to the art of hula, is at the soul of any meaningful Hawaiian journey. A little advance research will deepen your understanding — though once you arrive, you’ll find a warm introduction to the islands’ traditions from the Ladies and Gentlemen of the resort, including the hotel’s cultural adviser, Clifford Nae’ole.

Resort Essentials

Famed for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters and miles of hiking trails, Maui beckons visitors to experience the outdoors.

  • Pack swimwear, sunscreen, a sun hat, sunglasses, sandals and casual wear or a chic cover-up for long days at the beach. Bring a lightweight jacket as well as long pants (men) and one or two going-out dresses (women) for evening.

  • Bring running shoes for working out (along with your usual fitness attire) and hiking. Take along one dressier pair of shoes for any business meetings or evenings out.

  • Don’t forget to have your camera (even if it’s just your smartphone camera) with you for every photo op. A waterproof case keeps your valuables dry and lets you take underwater photos, too.
Beach Vacation

Let the spirit of Aloha guide you on a mellow coastal escape to Maui, nature’s playground.

  • Plan to wear your swimwear with sandals and a cover-up or casual wear to the beach. Bring plenty of sunscreen, water and your favorite reading material in your beach bag. You can rent neoprene/wetsuits and watersports gear at the beach.

  • If you’re traveling with little ones, consider gear such as kid-friendly sunscreen, swim diapers, beach toys, hats and rash guards. A lightweight beach tent provides a shady place to play or nap.

  • If you’ll be island-hopping, packing cubes are a great way to stay organized without having to unpack in every destination. A nylon laundry bag separates your clean and dirty clothes — you can throw a wet swimsuit into it, too.
Day Trips

Plan for a few scheduled day trips in advance; otherwise, you may just decide to never leave the beach.

  • A sunrise or sunset hike up Mount Haleakala, Maui’s amazing dormant volcano, is a must. Aside from sturdy walking shoes, you’ll need warm layers — socks, hat, scarf, fleece jacket and long pants.

  • Bring sun hats, sunscreen and sunglasses for hiking (such as to Maunalei Arboretum), ATV rides or a whale-watching boat ride.

  • Carry a backpack or cross-body bag to hold your daily essentials, including electronic devices and extra water, while keeping your hands free.
Kapalua Bay Snorkeling
Kapalua Bay Snorkeling
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What To Reserve

A Kapalua itinerary is almost impossibly forgiving. Simply lounging on the beach and gazing out at the horizon does wonders for the soul. But there are a few experiences you won’t want to miss.

ATV Tour Kapalua
ATV Tour Kapalua
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A vision of lush land, pristine beaches and crystal, blue water, Maui has a well-earned reputation as a destination for adventurers and relaxation seekers alike. From swimming under waterfalls and sailing past whales to enjoying farm-to-table fare and handcrafted cocktails, there’s truly a Maui for everyone. And at the heart of it all is The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua, a secluded island resort that exudes the Aloha spirt and captivates guests with thoughtful amenities. Whether it’s your first trip or your 50th, there’s always something new to discover on the Valley Isle.

Top Things to Do

From spas to snorkeling, discover the best things to do, eat, and see in Maui, Hawaii. If the world is your oyster then consider The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua in Maui your gleaming pearl. Perched on the shore of the Pacific, this Hawaiian resort is the epitome of paradise. Here, blogger Karina Reske answers the call of the ocean alongside explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau.

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Coastal Rainbows
Coastal Rainbows

Maui Memorable Moments

Discover timeless island luxury nestled among 22,000 acres of pristine wide-open space on Maui’s Northwest shore. The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua is located minutes from downtown Lahaina on the island of Maui.

Restore at Waihua Spa

Handcrafted to honor Maui’s iconic Road to Hana, The Waihua Spa at The Ritz-Carton Maui, Kapalua is a rejuvenating escape beckoning you to bliss. Indulge in the signature Lomi Lomi Massage treatment and a HydraFacial leaving your skin as soft as the Maui sun.  Make sure to allow time for a relaxing soak in the lava rock grotto and eucalyptus steam.  Reconnect with the cultural significance of Kapalua by taking our complimentary hula lessons on the property. Learn about this unique dance and how it preserves and perpetuates the stories, traditions, and culture of Hawaii.

Maui Mai Tais

No time on Maui is complete without the sips of the island’s beloved rum punch.  Enjoy unique Mai Tais at each of our resort restaurants, as well as the famed signature Mai Tais with honey lilikoi foam at Merriman’s Kapalua. Savor sunset happy hour and pupus on ‘The Point’, a bluff overlooking the Pacific at Merriman’s.

Haleakala State Park

A visit to Maui is complete with a trip to Haleakala State Park.  From sunrise to sunset, the Haleakala crater is not a site to miss.  An early morning departure is required, but the views and memories you will make are unforgettable. Whether you’re adventurous and bike down the mountain or a lovely scenic drive back down, stop for breakfast at Komoda Bakery in Makawao.  They’re known for their rich cream puffs and guava-filled malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts), but all their pastries are outstanding. The bakery has been run by Tazeko Komoda’s family since he started it in 1916 (the recipes were created by Ikuo, one of his five sons). Alternately depart the hotel for a fabulous late lunch at Mama’s Fish house before heading to the crater.  Enjoy a spectacular view of the sunset from the crater before heading to the airport for your flight home.

World Class Golf

A bucket list destination for any golfer, Kapalua’s two 18-hole courses create a golf Mecca. The Plantation Course is home to The PGA Tour’s Tournament of Champions and The Bay Course offers the only hole in Maui to over the ocean.  Enjoy a meal or beverages with a view after your day of golf at the Plantation Course and take in the breathtaking sites of Kapalua.

Kapalua’s Beaches & Bays

Stroll along Kapalua’s Coastal Trail to discover the Kapalua Labyrinth, walking through a circular rock path as you take in the fresh air and surrounding West Maui coastal and mountain views. This 1.5-mile trail leads you to explore D.T. Fleming Beach (home to The Burger Shack), white sand Oneloa Bay (Ironwoods Beach), famed Kapalua Bay, and gorgeous Napili Bay. To the right of our resort is neighboring Honolua Bay Beach.  Pack a picnic and walk through the lush, wooded forest until you emerge upon the beach for a day of snorkeling and adventure.

Ambassadors of the Environment

Hosted in partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau, this resort-based program introduces guests to the local culture, natural surroundings, and traditions of Hawaii through guided, family-friendly excursions. Cities Under the Sea and Whale Watching (November – April) create memories to last a lifetime.

Kapalua Adventures

Experience Island life from up above with an adventure with Kapalua Ziplines.  This excursion provides stunning panoramic ocean views and will deliver excitement and a hint of adrenaline. Experience eight ziplines as well as West Maui’s only suspension bridge. Join Maui Off-Road Adventures for a scenic ATV tour through some of the most breathtaking areas of Maui. Get your heart racing as you drive through this pristine terrain.  If heart-racing adventures are not your speed, embrace the outdoors and explore the many Kapalua trails that offer miles of trails from mountain ridges to the coastline. You’ll find trails weaving a diverse tapestry throughout the land for every kind of hiker.

Explore our Historic Paia Town

Lunch at iconic Mama’s Fish House is a Maui highlight featuring vintage Polynesian décor and oceanfront views with the tiki drinks and local island fare. Surrounding Paia Town features boutiques full of hand-crafted and unique treasures. Nature lovers relish hiking in Paia’s deep forests and lush valleys.  Vintage Polynesian décor and oceanfront views welcome you and the tropical tiki drinks and local island fare will fill you up to shop around Paia Town.   All your souvenirs can be found in these boutiques full of unique gifts. Take a short hike to Twin Falls and enjoy the serene botanical trails.  Ho’okipa Beach is infamous for Ho’no sightings.  Continue your upcountry journey to Makawao, where Espresso Mafia and The Maui Cookie Lady are a great afternoon sweet treat.