7 of the Best Beaches in Maui

Maui is the second-largest island in Hawaii and has a massive 120 miles (193 km) of coastline. The island has a rich marine life, which is why it is one of the best places to go snorkelling in Hawaii. However, there are also plenty of spots where you can just enjoy the sun, sea and sand while relaxing in a hammock, as well as plenty of popular beaches where you can soak up the laid-back vibes and hang out with the locals. So, whether you are planning a trip or just dreaming about a tropical paradise, here are some of the best beaches in Maui.

7 of the Best Beaches in Maui

1. Ka’anapali Beach

Often topping the best beach in Maui list, and sometimes, the best beach in the world lists too, this three-mile stretch of beach is simply breathtaking. With power soft white sand and crystal clear water, this former retreat for the royalty of Maui is now a popular beach with tourists from all over the world who come and stay just a stone’s throw from the sand in the gorgeous resorts facing this renowned beach.

2. Kapalua Bay

Another one of Maui’s beaches frequently voted ‘America’s Best Beach’, Kapalua Bay is postcard perfect. With miles of soft white sand, vivid blue water and gently swaying palm trees, you’ll engage vacation mode as soon as your feet sink into its baby powder sand. The crescent-shaped cove is protected by two reefs, which means the waters here stay bathwater-warm and calm all year round. Bring your snorkelling gear because it’s one of the places in the state to explore Hawaii’s rich marine life, for instance, parrotfish, butterflyfish and green sea turtles.

best beaches in Maui

3. Honokalani Beach

Situated around three miles north of Hana, Honokalani Beach is Maui’s most famous black sand beach. However, the ‘sand’ is actually tiny lava pebbles formed by a lava flow that cooled and hardened. This beach is simply stunning and a great place to relax for the day and top up the tan or go snorkelling. However, there is also a huge area of parkland to explore with cool lava caves, temples and blow-holes.

4. Black Rock Beach

Located at the end of Kaanapali Beach, Black Rock Beach is where the daily cliff diving ceremony takes place. Every day, at sunset, a cliff diver lights the torches along the cliff and majestically dives into the water. It really is quite a sight and worth the trip to the beach alone, however, the beach is also a beautiful spot for snorkelling.

best beaches in Maui

5. Makena Beach State Park

Makena Beach State Park is composed of ‘Big Beach’ and ‘Little Beach.’ It is a scenic wildland beach park with a large white sand beach with a volcanic crater that dominates the shoreline. Swimming, bodyboarding,  shore fishing, and simply having a relaxing time are the top activities on this beach. Fun fact: Makena Beach is the most photographed beach in all of Hawaii.

6. Baldwin Beach Park

Baldwin Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Maui’s North Shore area. With its wonderful, long, wide, sandy beach and plenty of facilities, for instance, lots of parking and restrooms, it is a great spot for those looking for a hassle-free day at the beach. It’s also a great place to go for a hand-in-hand stroll or more energetic run and is one of the best bodysurfing and bodyboarding sites on the island.

7. Palauea (White Rock)

Palauea Beach, aka White Rock, is more of a local spot, and you won’t find many tourists here. Therefore, it’s perfect if you want to get away from the crowds and experience the local beach culture first-hand. White Rock has beautiful soft sand and is popular with families as well as people wanting a beach wedding. It is also an excellent snorkelling spot.

By Viriditas at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0
Melanie May

Melanie is an intrepid solo traveller, endlessly curious about people, places and food. She is a fan of slow travel and loves exploring the world by mouth, discovering a culture through its food. Having backpacked her way around the world she turned her wanderlust into a career and is now a full-time travel writer.

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