The island of Maui is home to some of the most amazing beaches. Some beaches offer swimming all year round, while others are best for surfing or snorkeling during certain times of the year. Depending on where you choose to stay, there are always some famous beaches nearby.
West Maui beaches
If you drive along the west coast of Maui from Lahaina to Kapalua, you’ll see many breathtaking beaches along the coast. Kaanapali Beach will offer you over three miles of white sand with a variety of watersports, including surfing, sailboating, and even catamaran rides. On the north end of the beach is Black Rock, which is well known for snorkeling.
Visitors like the sandy beach at Napili Bay, because there are no high rise buildings around, and the bay is protected well from waves. The Kapalua Resort in west Maui is home to Kapalua Beach, Oneloa Bay Beach, and the D.T. Fleming Beach.
Kihei offers you a series of beaches along the six mile coastline, some even offering lifeguards, restrooms, and picnic areas. Polo Beach and Wailea Beach offer both restrooms and equipment rentals. Or, if you prefer a more secluded beach, you should visit Maluaka Beach at the Maui Prince Hotel – where you may even encounter some green sea turtles.
A few miles past the Maui Prince Hotel is the Big Beach of Makena, which is one of the best beaches on Maui. As the name implies, the beach is quite large, and best of all – empty. It offers white sand, picnic facilities, and even restrooms.
East Maui Beaches
The beaches of East Maui are unlike others in Hawaii. Surround by lush scenery, the beaches are secluded, scenic, and very colorful.
Hamoa Beach is a must visit if you plan to visit East Maui. As you approach the beach from the main road, you’ll walk past colorful plants and palm trees surrounding Hamoa Beach. Just off Hana Highway is Hana Bay Beach, which offers black volcanic sand.
The Red Sand Beach is difficult to get to, you’ll need to find a narrow path along the coast. The beach offers plenty of swimming and snorkeling, and you should be the only one there – which is great for those looking for privacy. Even though it is hard to get to, Red Sand Beach is truly one of a kind.