are some beaches that we visited in our time in Maui.
There are many beautiful beaches and parks, usually
within a short drive of any accommodations either for
swimming or surfing. I have tried to group the beaches
into those best for swimming or surfing. Areas that
are best for snorkeling
on Maui are listed separately. A few of these parks
are near large hotels and parking is limited. Also,
certain things offered at the beach (lounge chairs,
etc.) may be only available for hotel guests. We probably
enjoyed Wailea beach the most and went there a few times
during our stay. Please remember that offshore winds
and currents can be powerful and they can change suddenly,
especially if a storm is approaching or offshore.
beach - adjacent to the Hotel Hana Maui. Nice beach
surrounded by vegetation, but a bit of a hike from parking
on the road (none near the beach). One caution is that
there are NO protecting reefs here and the surf can
get pretty high. Caution is advised. Amenities: restrooms,
Beach Park - fairly safe swimming here, but avoid going
out to far (beyond the lighthouse). Amenities: picnic
tables, restrooms, showers, changing rooms.
black sand beach - not really black sand but small,
smooth, lava pebbles. Arches and lava tube sea cave
are around the beach. If you have a calendar from the
islands that shows a black sand beach, this is probably
it. Amenities: restrooms, showers, picnic facilities,
swimming, snorkeling, diving, kiking trails. Camping
area and cabins available at adjacent Wai‘anapanapa
sand beach - volcanic red sand beach. The path to the
beach is pretty slippery due to decaying wet vegetation
on the path and the swimming is not that great, but
the view was nice with the red sand and blue water.
A secluded place if you are looking for a tan with no
lines... Amenities: none.
Honokowai Beach Park - offers good swimming,
and sunbathing. A favorite location for famalies
staying at the number of condos around Honokowai
as the water is pretty tame in this area. Nearby
stores and shops make it convinient for planning
a picnic. See below fo some pictures from just
north of Honokowai beach park. Amenitites: picnic
area, BBQ grills (6), playground equipment, restrooms.
Black Rock - northernmost section of Ka‘anapali
Beach. Easy access to beachfront hotels, shopping
and restaurants via a walkway. As is typical with
the beaches around hotels, parking for beach access
is minimal but is available. We once had to pay
for valet parking to get to the beach. There can
sometimes be strong currents around the rock itself.
Ka‘anapali Beach - the southernmost section of Ka‘anapali
Beach was named "America's Best Beach" in 2003.
See left for a rainbow that we saw on our visit
there! Amenities: restrooms, showers.
Beach Park - close to the largest city on Maui, this
beach offers excellent windsurfing conditions offshore
and decent swimming. Amenities: picnic area, BBQ grills,
volleyball courts (bring your own net and balls), restrooms,
Bay - sandy beaches and good swimming. Also the nearby
convience store proved handy when we ran out of suntan
lotion. Amenities: none.
Beach Parks I, II and III - several advantages including
large grassy areas which can serve as picnic grounds
or a great place for sailing a kite. Amenities: restrooms,
picnic tables, showers, BBQ grills.
Beach - good for beachcombing although access is a little
hard to find because of the large homes on the beach.
A brisk walk to the Wailea Resort area. Amenities: showers.
Poina ‘Oe Ia‘u Beach Park - excellent place for sunbathing
or swimming. Good windsurfing at the south end of the
beach. If the wind is up and you want to get away from
the crowd go to the north end of the beach. Amenities:
picnic area, restrooms, showers (south end of beach).
Beach Park - great area for kids here and there is a
pool area. Amenities: picnic tables, BBQ grill (1),
restrooms, showers, phone.
Beach County Park - Besides swimming the waves are excellent
for beginning and intermediate surfers. Waves here are
very regular and consistant, making it great for someone
just learning. Amenities: picnic tables, BBQ grills
(2), portable toilets, showers (outdoor).
State Park - calm water conditions for swimming, snorkeling
and boogie boarding (but not enough for surfing). Amenities:
restrooms, phones, picnic tables, BBQ grills (12).
Beach - at 0.66 miles long and 100 yards wide it is
easy to see why they call this big beach. Often crowded,
it is best to plan this as a day or 1/2 day outing and
get a parking spot early. As you turn off to the beach
several vendors selling shaved ice are recomended, especially
with condensed milk added! Amenities: portable toilets,
picnic tables, hiking trails.
Beach - adjacent to big beach is an informal (and nominally
illegal) clothing optional beach. Amenities: see above.
Beach - adjacent to the Maui Prince Hotel. Keep your
eyes peeled for the green sea turtles. The gentle slope
of the beach makes the currents not as strong (but still
be careful!). Amenities: restrooms, picnic tables, showers.
A. Baldwin Beach Park Paia - features a "baby beach"
with a protected lagoon. Outside of this surf can get
pretty rough. Amenities: restrooms, showers, BBQ grills
(3), phones, sports fields, picnic areas and pavilion.
Beach Park - excellent swimming and snorkeling. Equipment
rentals are available at concessions in front of the
Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort, although at peak times
I think they give preference to hotel guests. Adjacent
to Ulua Beach park. Amenities: showers, restrooms.
Beach Park - Great place for a day trip as there are
BBQ grills available. Amenities: restrooms, showers,
picnic tables, BBQ grills.
Beach Park - sandy bottom beach that is good for swiming.
Amenities: showers, restrooms.
Beach - Decent parking for beach access right before
The Four Seasons (signs here are easy to miss). Can
be decent boogie boarding as the tide is coming in.
Many of the beach chairs, etc near the hotel are for
hotel guests only. Amenities: restrooms, showers.