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Beaches on Maui

A guide to Maui beaches organized by location.

North Maui Beaches

Baldwin Beach Park (Paia)
This popular Maui beach park has a protected lagoon area for safe swimming but the area outside the lagoon often has rough surf, although not usually as rough as nearby Hookipa Beach. Sometimes the outer area is used for bodysurfing and bodyboarding, but only the experienced shouod try it. Facilities at H. A. Baldwin Park include restrooms, showers, picnic tables, a pavilion, and fields for playing sports.

Hookipa Beach Park (Paia)
One of the best beaches in the world for windsurfing and also a great place for advanced surfing. Located north of Paia, near Haiku, on the North shore of Maui, off the Hana Highway. The Red Bull King of the Air Kitesurfing competition was sheld here 1999-2005 and the Aloha Classic Pro-Am Windsurfing Competition still takes place there every year. facilities include restrooms, showers, and picnic tables.

Kanaha Beach Park (Kahului)
This beach is near Kahului, the largest town on Maui. It is a popular spot for windsurfing and sometimes for swimming. Facilities include restrooms, showers, picnic tables, barbecue grills volleyball poles, and phones.

Kuau Cove Beach

Waihee Beach Park (Paia)
This beach has no restrooms or other facilities but it is a popular local surfing spot.

South Maui Beaches

Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve

Charley Young Beach Park

Kamaole Beach I - II - III (Kihei)
Three Popular swimming beaches with lifeguards, volleyball poles and plenty of parking. The beaches are known as Kamaole Bech I, Kamaole Beach II, and Kamaole Beach III.

Keawakapu Beach (Kihei)
This beach about a half mile from the Wailea Resort has beaautiful views.

Kihei Beach (Kihei)
The area sometimes refered to as Kihie Beach covers about six miles and it is actually a series of sandy beaches, protected coves, and tidepools.

Little Beach (Makena)
Small beach adjacent to the larger Makena State Beach. Sometimes used for clothing optional sunbathing and swimming, but note that public nudity is not legal in Hawaii. OK spot for bodysurfing and bodyboarding. There are hiking trails in this area and facilities at the beach include portable toilets and picnic tables.

Mai Poina Oe Iau Beach Park (Kihei)
Windsurfers amd kit esurfers use the south end of this beach and the north end is the least crowded. Facilities at Mai Poina Oe Iau Beach Park include restrooms, showers, and picnic tables. Good spot for whalewatching during the winter months.

Makena State Park (Makena)
Large white sand bech with restrooms and picnic tables. Also known as Makena Beach State Park.

Maluaka Beach Park (Makena)
This great swimming and snsorkeling beach is located by the Maui Prince Hotel. Green sea turtles are often spotted here. Also known as Maluaka Beach.

Mokapu Beach Park (Wailea)
This great swimming and snorkeling beach has beach equipment concessions stands in front of the Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort.

Polo Beach (Wailea)
Popular beach for swimming and snorkeling.. Facilities include restrooms and picnic tables.

Ulua Beach (Wailea)
Great swimming beach with a paved walway to hotels, shops, and restaurants. Facilities include restrooms and beach equipment rental concessions.

Wailea Beach

East Maui Beaches

Hamoa Beach (Hana)
A long gray-colored beach surrounded by lava rock boulders and vegetatioin. The waves break close to shore, and there is no protective reef, so swimming can be dangerous at Hamoa Beach when the waves are high. Located on Haneoo Road in Hana. Access is down a flight of stairs.

Waianapanapa State Park
In Hana, aka Black Sand Beach

West Maui Beaches

Alii Kahekili Beach Park

Awalua Beach

Baby Beach
(Lahaina?)

Black Rock Beach (Kaanapali)
Good for beginning snorkeling and swimming except there are often strong currents around Black Rock itself. Also a popular spot for Scuba diving. There are large hotels in this area and walkway access to shops and restaurants. Black Rock Beach is located on the north end of Kaanapali Beach.

Fleming Beach Park (Kapalua)
This popular and beautiful beach park is in West Maui just north of the Kapalua Golf Resort, at the end of Lower Honoapiilani Road. . Voted America's Best Beach in (I think) 1991 and 2006. Great spot for windsurfing and used also for board surfing, bodysurfing, and swimming. Facilities at D. T. Fleming Beach Park include about twelve picnic tables, six barbecues, restrooms, and telephones. Also known as Old Fleming Beach and Kapalua Beach..

Hanakaoo Beach Park
Canoe beach

Honolua-Mokuleia Marine Life Conservation District

Kaanapali Beach
(Kaanapali)
This white sand beach is the main beach for the Kaanapali Resort Development. It is about three miles long. There are beach concessions here, such as catamaran rides, beach equipment rentals, surfing lessons, and windsurfing lessons.

Kapalua Beach (Kapalua)
Is Kapalua Beach no longer called Fleming Beach? See Fleming Beach above.

Kapalua Bay Beach

Kailiili Beach

Lahaina Beach

Launiupoko State Wayside Park
This popular family beach has a protected area surrounded by a lava wall that makes it a safe place for children to swim. Facilities include restrooms and picnic tables. Located south of Lahaina. Also known as Launiupoko Beach Park.

Napili Bay Beach
This great snorkeling beach south of Kapalua on Napili Bay is also a good place for swimming and sunbathing.

Olowalu Beach

Papalaua Beach

Puamana Beach Park
(Lahaina)
Good swimming beach with enough consistent wave action to make it a good spot for beginning and intermediate surfing. Facilities include portable toilets, outdoor showers, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and grassy areas. Also known as Puamana Beach County Park.

Punahoa Beach

Ukumehame Beach Park

Wahikuli State Park
(Lahaina)
Good beach with calm surf that is popular for swimming, snorkeling and bodyboarding. Facilities include restrooms, picnic tables, and barbecue grills.

See also:
- The Beaches of Maui
- Beaches on Other Islands
- Other Maui Attractions



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