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Best Maui Beaches

We're a bit biased, but we feel that Maui has the best beaches in the world. The following lists our favorites.

South Maui Beaches

The southern beaches of Maui offer the white sand and calm blue waters that everyone envisions when they think of Hawaiian beaches. If relaxation is what you are looking for, somewhere to lay down your beach towel for a lazy day in the sun, then these are the beaches for you! Oneloa "Big" Beach makes our list of favorites, with a water color that is absolutely mesmerizing, but it is the most likely to have some cloud cover. It is rare that you won't find sun on this part of the island, however, so come enjoy a lazy island day at the beach! - See more below

  • Keawakapu Beach


    If you visit in the summertime, Keawakapu is the picture of tranquility- a peaceful white sand beach with a gently sloping shoreline and calm waters. In winter months, however, the unprotected shoreline is pounded by high surf. Keawakapu is best known for the man-made reef of old car bodies just offshore which makes this a natural gathering spot for a variety of tropical fish, and therefore snorkelers. Facilities here include a shower and paved parking, with other amenities found "next door" at Ulua and Mokapu beaches. Keawakapu is the most peaceful, if least distinct, of this group of beaches. 


  • Maalaea Beach
  • Ma Poina 'Oe Ia'u Beach Park
  • Kamaole Beach Parks
  • Mokapu Beach
  • Ulua Beach
  • Wailea Beach
  • Polo Beach
  • Oneloa Beach
  • Pu'u Olai Beach
  • Sugar Beach

Lahaina Beaches

These beaches extend north and south from one of the most popular cities on Maui. Here you will find Kaanapali Beach, a mile-long stretch of white sand which makes our "Best Of" list for the island. In truth, the other beaches in the area are not the best that Maui has to offer, but each one has something going for it which may suit your needs for the day, including great spots to learn to surf and snorkel.

  • Kahikili (Airport) Beach

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    Lahaina/Kaanapali (15 + minutes north of Lahaina) This is a beach park so the facilities are wonderful. The beach seems to go on forever and snorkeling is really nice at this spot. As it is fairly exposed to winds there can be a bit of a current here. Just be careful when you get in the water and keep your eyes on the shore.  Traveling north past Lahaina Town, turn left on Kai Ala. Follow the "beach access" signs to the right.


  • Kaanapali Beach
  • Hanaka'o'o (Canoe) Beach
  • Wahikuli Beach Park
  • Puamana Beach Park
  • Launiopoko State Wayside Park
  • Papalaua Beach
  • Mile Marker 14
  • Ukumehame Beach

Kapalua Beaches

The northern most beaches on Maui which are found in the resort areas of Honokowai, Kahana, Napili, and Kapalua. These beaches include a wide variety of experiences, from the white sand resort beaches of Napili and Kapalua, to the isolated but popular Slaughterhouse Beach, as well as the rocky coastline of Honolua which offers some of the best snorkeling on the island. This area is a little more subject to inclimate weather than the southern beaches, but beautiful days still are still plentiful!

  • Honolua Bay
  • Mokule'ia (Slaughterhouse) Beach
  • DT (David Thomas) Fleming Beach
  • Kapalua Bay Beach
  • Napili Bay Beach
  • Kahana Beach

North Maui Beaches

There are not too many beaches on this side of Maui, but Baldwin offers a little something for everyone if it is not too windy. That wind, however, is the attraction at Hookipa, one of the best windsurfing spots in the world. Even if you don't enjoy the sport yourself, it is worth a trip to this beach to watch the world's best perform their aerial feats!

  • Baldwin Beach Park
  • Ho'okipa Beach Park

Hana Beaches

Hana is the rainforest side of Maui, and as such the weather here is very unpredictable. However, everything is so lush and tropical that the islands true beauty is in full bloom all around. The beaches benefit from this tropical splendor, with some of the most picturesque spots on Maui. Its a long drive from everywhere else on the island, but the trip is worth doing for a number of reasons, as you will discover along the way.

  • Waianapanapa (Black Sand) Beach
  • Hana Beach
  • Kaihalulu (Red Sand) Beach
  • Hamoa Beach
  • Koki Beach