Maui Beaches and Best Maui Beach Hotels and Resorts

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Black Rock, Kaanapali Beach, Maui – Photo by Bill Hurley, all rights reserved

The Mahana Resort is one of the
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Maui – “The Magic Isle – is a special paradise of its own within the larger paradise of Hawaii. Not only does Maui have more than 30 miles of some of the best beaches in the world, it offers a quiet, lush respite from the busier island of Oahu but more to do and see than some of the other Hawaiian outposts.

Maui has repeatedly been voted “Best Island” by top travel reviewers. Two of the most ideal locations for beach lovers on Maui are Kaanapali Beach on the West Coast and Wailea on the South Coast, both of which are lined with a wide choice of highly rated beach resorts, connected by scenic walkways along the beach, many restaurants and bars.

But if you want to do something away from the beach, you can drive the winding road to Hana with its amazing scenery or drive through the clouds to the top of the 10,000-foot Haleakala volcano. Other attractions include the seaside community of Lahaina and fertile rural Upcountry.

You will find outstanding snorkeling both from the beaches and in excursions to offshore reefs. Maui beaches are all about variety – you will find white, black and red sand beaches, quiet secluded beaches and busy ones bustling with activity. The three-mile Kaanapali Beach is one of the most popular locations on Maui, with a string of resorts connected by a beachside walkway and featuring the Black Rock (photo above), which offers excellent snorkeling right from the beach.

According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, other popular beaches include:

West Maui Beaches:

Launiupoko Beach Park: Just south of Lahaina, this local favorite offers a unique natural pool surrounded by a lava rock wall excellent for small children. Picnic tables and restrooms are available.

Puamana Beach County Park: This Lahaina beach provides swimming, picnic tables, restrooms, grills and a grassy park with waves that are excellent for beginning and intermediate surfers.

The Four Season Resort is one of the
Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.

South Maui Beaches:

Kamaole Beach Parks I, II, & III: Ample parking, lifeguards, volleyball courts and excellent swimming conditions make the Kamaole Parks in Kihei local favorites.

Keawakapu Beach: A beachcomber’s delight with classic views, this Kihei beach is a half-mile walk to the Wailea Resort.

Kihei Beach: A series of beaches, coves and tide pools along six-miles of Kihei coastline. Some areas offer lifeguards, restrooms and picnic facilities.

Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach): Makena Beach State Park is one of Maui’s signature beaches. With white sands extending nearly 2/3 of a mile long, it is one of the largest beaches in Maui.

Polo Beach: This Wailea beach is popular with Maui locals and visitors. Picnic tables and restrooms are available.

Wailea Beach: Named “America’s Best Beach” in 1999, Wailea offers excellent swimming with restrooms and equipment rentals. A paved beach walk lets you meander past Wailea’s hotels, restaurants and shops.

Central Maui Beaches:

Kahana Beach Park: World famous for its excellent windsurfing conditions, Kanaha also offers good swimming and diving. Close to Kahului, this beach is a popular spot for locals. Lifeguards, restrooms, showers and picnic tables are available.

The Hana Kai is one of the
Photo courtesy of TripAdvisor.

East Maui Beaches:

H.A. Baldwin Beach Park: This picture-perfect Paia beach with excellent swimming and bodysurfing. Also features a “baby beach” with a lagoon. Lifeguards, restrooms and picnic facilities are available.

Hookipa Beach Park: A world-famous contest venue for professional windsurfing. Winter surf can be massive, with excellent and safe viewing for photography. Picnic tables and restrooms are available.

Hamoa Beach: Author James Michener called Hamoa Beach the most beautiful in the Pacific. This Hana beach was named one of “America’s Best Beaches” in 2006. You’ll find outstanding swimming and bodysurfing as well as showers and limited facilities on this family-friendly beach.

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

Wainapanapa State Park: Excellent camping facilities make Waianapanapa State Park one of Maui’s best beaches. You’ll find a black-sand beach with good swimming, snorkeling and freshwater pools.

Note: Heed all warning signs and be aware of changing conditions, strong currents and reefs. Use your own best judgment to determine whether a particular beach is appropriate for you and your ability level.


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