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Beaches of Maui
With nearly 200 kilometres of coastline, Maui boasts around 50 kilometres of beautiful beaches. On these world famous shores you’ll find white, black and red sand beaches, renowned surfing and windsurfing spots as well as some of the best beaches in the world to simply swim, snorkel and sunbathe. Many are easily accessible beach parks with lifeguards, picnic facilities and public toilets. Others are undeveloped, "secret spots", found off the beaten track. Discover Maui’s world-famous beaches below:
West Maui Beaches:
Kaanapali Beach: West Maui's "signature" beach, Kaanapali Beach offers around five kilometres of white sand. Easy walking access from all Kaanapali hotels, this was named "America's Best Beach" in 2003.” Puu Kekaa, also known as Black Rock, on the northernmost section of the beach is excellent for snorkelling.
D.T. Fleming Beach Park: This classic Kapalua beach was named "America's Best Beach" in 2006. Facilities include picnic tables, public toilets and lifeguards.
Kapalua Beach: Known to Maui veterans as Old Fleming Beach, Kapalua was the first of Maui's beaches to be named "America's Best Beach" in 1991.
Launiupoko Beach Park: Just south of Lahaina, this local favourite offers a unique natural pool surrounded by a lava rock wall excellent for small children. Picnic tables and public toilets are available.
Puamana Beach County Park: This Lahaina beach provides swimming, picnic tables, public toilets, grills and a grassy park with waves that are excellent for beginning and intermediate surfers.
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 favourites.
Keawakapu Beach: A beachcomber's delight with classic views, this Kihei beach is an 800-metre 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, public toilets and picnic facilities.
Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach): Makena Beach State Park is one of Maui's signature beaches. With white sands extending about one kilometre 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 public toilets are available.
Wailea Beach: Named "America's Best Beach" in 1999, Wailea offers excellent swimming with public toilets 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, public toilets, showers and picnic tables are available.
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, public toilets 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 public toilets 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, snorkelling 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.