Your Guide to Planning an Affordable Vacation to Maui

Beaches in Maui

Ringed by 120 miles of coastline, Maui boasts over 30 miles of beaches. Many are easily accessible beach parks with lifeguards, picnic facilities and restrooms. Others are undeveloped, pristine, "secret spots" off the beaten path. All of Maui's beaches feature sparkling crystal-blue waters, tropical tradewinds, and azure skies that go on forever. Most of Maui's beaches have white sand but black and red sand beaches are also a part of our island's inventory. Several of Maui's beaches are known worldwide for unrivaled surfing and windsurfing conditions. Others are well suited for the beginning snorkeler, beachcombers, families and children.

Scroll down this page for an overview of Maui's favorite beaches.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Even though the ocean is Maui's playground there are precautions to observe. Offshore winds and currents can be powerful and they can change suddenly. That means not straying too far from shore or heading out to kayak, windsurf or sail if warning signs are posted, or if conditions warrant caution.


Black Rock -- Ka‘anapali Beach.

Black Rock Beach is excellent for beginning snorkelers and swimmers to experienced SCUBA divers. Coral and tropical fish are abundant. This is the northernmost section of Kaanapali Beach. A beachwalk winds through Kaanapali with easy access to beachfront hotels, shopping and restaurants

D. T. Fleming Beach Park -- Kapalua

A favorite for body and board surfing, this public park also features good swimming. Facilities include picnic tables and restrooms. Lifeguards on duty.

Ka‘anapali Beach -- Ka‘anapali Resort

West Maui's "signature beach. Three miles of whitesand; sailboat and catamaran rides and rentals; surf and windsurf lessons. Easy walking access from all Kaanapali hotels. Features “Dig Me Beach. Named "America's Best Beach" in 2003”

Kapalua Beach -- Kapalua Resort

Known to Maui veterans as Old Fleming Beach, Kapalua is the first of Maui's beaches, and the first beach ever, to be named “"America's Best Beach" (1991).” A truly beautiful tropical beach which offers swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA diving. Kapalua Bay This beach was listed as the Best Beach in the World for many years. It is right at the foot of the Kapalua Resorts, and offers a gorgeous view of the sunsets.

Launiupoko Beach Park -- South of Lahaina

Another local favorite with a unique natural pool surrounded by a lava rock wall. Excellent for small children; picnic tables and restrooms.

Napili Bay -- South of Kapalua

Napili Bay is noted for its sandy beaches and good swimming. An excellent snorkeling spot for novice and expert ocean adventurers.

Puamana Beach County Park – Lahaina

This beach provides swimming, picnic tables, restrooms, grills and a grassy park. Waves are excellent for beginning and intermediate surfers.

Wahikuli State Park – Lahaina

Another local favorite with calm water conditions for swimming, snorkeling and boogie boarding. Restrooms, picnic tables and grills are available.

Olowalu - Mile Marker 14

This is one of the island's best snorkel spots. The beach itself runs next to the highway for about two miles, the center of which has the mile marker 14 signpost.


Kama‘ole Beach Parks I, II and III – Kihei

Ample parking, lifeguards, volleyball courts and excellent swimming conditions make the Kamaole Parks local favorites.

Keawakapu Beach – Kihei

Classic views and varied conditions mark this beach. A beachcomber's delight, this beach offers a half mile walk to the Wailea Resort.

Charlie Young Beach - Kihei

This is right in Kihei, on Maui's South Shore. It is one of the best places to learn how to surf. The water is warm and shallow. and there are constant, regular breakers, giving beginners a chance to learn how to control their boards.

Sugar Beach - Kihei

Stretching more than three miles, the South Kihei Beach runs all the way around to Maalaea. It is one of the longest white sand beaches in the world, and has a constant breeze coming across the island.

Kihei Beach – Kihei

A series of beaches, coves and tidepools along over six-miles Kihei coastline. Some areas offer lifeguards, restrooms, and picnic facilities

Mai Poina ‘Oe Ia‘u Beach Park – Kihei

Excellent swimming kite-surfing, and windsurfing. Facilities include picnic tables, showers and restrooms. Wintertime whale sightings are almost guaranteed.

Makena Beach State Park - Makena

Makena Big Beach at Makena is one of Maui's signature beaches with a seemingly endless expanse of white sand. Picnic facilities and restrooms are available. The adjacent Little Beach is an informal (and nominally illegal) clothing optional beach with excellent body surfing. Makena - Big Beach This is one of Maui's most famous beaches. Over a mile long, and a hundred yards wide, it is possible to have hundreds of people sharing the beach, and still have nobody sitting near you! The waves are big enough for body surfing, without getting too dangerous. It's one of the farthest points along South Maui, but it's worth the drive!

Little Beach

Right around the corner from Big Beach is the Little Beach. Same sand, same sun, but this one is clothing-optional, for the people who want the all-over tan.

Maluaka Beach – Makena

This beach, adjacent to the Maui Prince Hotel, offers excellent swimming and snorkeling. Keep your eyes peeled for the green sea turtles which are abundant here.

Mokapu Beach Park – Wailea

Excellent swimming and snorkeling. Water sports equipment rentals are available at concessions in front of the Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort.

Polo Beach Park – Wailea

Another superb Wailea beach, popular with Maui residents and visitors. Excellent swimming and snorkeling, picnic tables and restrooms are available. Named "America's Best Beach" in 1999.

Ulua Beach Park - Wailea

Another local favorite with excellent swimming, snorkeling, and beachcombing. Early morning and sunset walkers and joggers abound

Wailea Beach – Wailea

Excellent swimming with restrooms and equipment rentals. Along with most other Wailea beaches, the venue for a paved beachwalk meandering past Wailea's hotels, restaurants and shops. Named "America's Best Beach" in 1999.


Kanaha Beach Park – Kahului

Famous the world over for its excellent windsurfing conditions, Kanaha also offers good swimming and diving. Close to town, this beach is a popular spot for lunch and local volleyball enthusiasts. Lifeguards, restrooms, showers and picnic tables. This beach is most notable for windsurfing. Near the airport in Kahului, this beach has a constant wind coming off of the ocean. It is a great place to learn how to windsurf, or just sit back and watch the pro's.

Waihe‘e Beach -- Waihe‘e

This beach is narrow and relatively free of crowds. It faces east and is a popular surfing spot.


H. A. Baldwin Beach Park – Paia

A picture-perfect Hawaii beach with excellent swimming and bodysurfing. Also features a "baby beach" with a protected lagoon. Lifeguards, restrooms and picnic facilities.

Ho‘okipa Beach Park -- Pa‘ia

A world-famous venue for professional windsurfing and board surfing. Many contests are held at Ho'okipa. Winter surf can be massive, with excellent and safe viewing and photography. Picnic tables and restrooms are available.

Hamoa Beach - Hana

Author James Michener called Hamoa Beach the most beautiful in the Pacific. Outstanding swimming and bodysurfing

Hana Beach Park – Hana

A favorite with local families, Hana Beach Park is one of the safest swimming beaches on the island. Many local community events are held here

Red Sand Beach - Hana

A "secret beach" with volcanic red sand and good swimming and snorkeling. Free spirits love this beach despite its challenging location -- not for the faint of heart!

Wai‘anapanapa State Park – Hana

Excellent camping facilities, as well as cabins make Wai‘anapanapa State Park one of Maui's best beaches. Overlooks a black-sand beach with good swimming, snorkeling and freshwater pools in caves.

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