What Are Some of the Best Maui Beaches?

Do you ever sit at your desk on a cold winter day and daydream of being at the beach? If you imagine sparkling white sand, crystal clear water, and warm, golden sunshine, start planning a trip to Maui, Hawaii! Maui has over 30 miles of beaches, offering some of the most beautiful and unique shorelines in the world. And each will leave you with unforgettable memories! Here are some of our picks for the best Maui beaches.

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4 of the Best Maui Beaches

1. Kaanapali Beach | Upper West Maui

Consistently named one of the best beaches in the United States, Kaanapali Beach offers three miles of soft white sand. It’s a paradise for adventurous visitors and offers recreational opportunities like kayaking and snorkeling. You can even stay on land and spend the day at Whalers Village, a world-class shopping complex that features stores, restaurants, and entertainment facilities. Click here for details.

2. Makena Beach | South Maui

Makena Beach, also known as Maui’s “Big Beach”, is one of the most popular spots on the island. Here, you’ll find perfect orange and white sand, a dramatic cliff landscape, and water that’s brilliant blue and green. Big Beach is famous for its inclined shoreline and large shore break, making it ideal for skimboarding, bodyboarding, and bodysurfing. The beach also has picnic tables and shady areas under its large trees.

Local Tip: Be careful when walking out on the sand. The trees on Big Beach have large thorns that can be found on the ground around them. Going barefoot can be dangerous near the trees, so wait to take off your sandals or shoes until you walk past them.

3. Honokalani Beach | East Maui

If seeing a black sand beach is on your bucket list, plan a day trip to Wai’anapanapa State Park. The park’s Honokalani Beach is fascinating with its legendary caverns, lava tubes, and large sea caves. The lush, green flora and black beach provide a breathtaking contrast to the bright blue ocean. Don’t forget your camera!

4. Kahana Beach Park | North Maui

This tranquil beach is a local favorite and is perfect for a day out with family and friends. Kahana’s ample afternoon wind conditions make it an excellent spot for exciting sports like kiteboarding and windsurfing, as well as laid-back activities like swimming and sunbathing. The beach also has lifeguards, volleyball areas, picnic tables, showers, and restroom facilities.

Book Your Stay at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono!

While there are many hotels and resorts located along Maui’s beaches, our historic B&B offers an unparalleled experience you won’t find anywhere else on the island. Surrounded by lush rainforest and serene gardens, our beautiful rooms and suites provide the peace and quiet you’ll need after a long day. Plus, our friendly and knowledgeable innkeepers were born and raised on the islands and can help you experience Hawaii like a local! So what are you waiting for? Start planning your getaway today!

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