DT Fleming Beach Park
DT Fleming Beach Park
A truly stunning beach awaits you if you seek out this park. Flemings Beach has been listed on many top-ten beaches of the world lists, and for good reasons. The water is a rich aqua blue color due to its abundant sandy bottom, and the bay has spectacular views of the nearby cliffs and the island of Molokai offshore. This is one of the most remote beaches on Maui's West Side, yet it is easily reachable as the park is just 5 minutes drive past the resort area of Kapalua, which is your closest supply depot in the area.
AT A GLANCE
HIGHLIGHTS: Gorgeous long wide soft-sanded hidden-away beach with spectacular views of the ocean and Molokai island. Great facilities and lots of parking.
ACTIVITIES: Swimming, running, beach walks, body boarding, and some surfing.
LIFEGUARD: YES 8 am to 4:30 pm daily.
WARNINGS: Sometimes shore-break waves create rip currents here, lifeguards do post warning flags.
AMENITIES: Shower, picnic tables, BBQs, rest rooms, and ample parking.
County of Maui: D.T. Fleming beach website link:
The beach is 250 yards end-to-end and about 50 yards wide. It is level and even, with soft light sand and a great tree line at the back for natural shade shelter. The sheer width and remoteness of this beach make it fairly uncrowded, even though the guests of the nearby Ritz-Carlton use it. Most beach-goers congregate around the lifeguard tower, leaving either end of the beach fairly empty.
As a county beach park it has great facilities, and an easy-access loading zone to drive up and unload before parking in the huge parking area directly across the street. There are many picnic tables with ocean views, and they are ADA accessible. Some have nearby built-in grills so bring some coals and make a barbeque of it.
The lifeguards are very friendly and prefer visitors checking in with them with any questions before going swimming. If predominantly hazardous conditions are in effect, flags and a sign will be posted on the beach. Facing the ocean, toward the right end of the beach are the most active wave conditions and underwater rock hazards. The easier and safer swimming is to the left of the lifeguard stand.
Take Route 30 from Ka'anapali heading north for about 15 minutes. Look for the Kapalua Resorts entrance off the highway. Your destination is 0.9 mile further, on the downhill portion of Honoapiilani Highway, on the left it will be your second paved road. There is a small roadside sign set about 10 yards back, along Honoapiilani Road. Once on the side road, proceed about mile and beach parking will be on your right and left. The road dead-ends at the parking area.
Lower Honoapiilani Rd. at Honoapiilani Highway