Do you sit at your desk during the cold winter months and daydream of being at the beach? If sparkling sand, crystal clear water, and warm, golden sunshine are part of your fantasy, it’s time to start planning a trip to Maui! Our island has over 30 miles of shoreline, offering some of the most unique and beautiful beaches in the world. And, each will leave you with unforgettable memories! Check out our list of the best beaches on Maui and access our free Travel Guide for even more recommendations.
Top 5 Picks for the Best Beaches on Maui
1. Ka’anapali | Upper West Maui
First up on our list is Ka’anapali Beach. While you won’t find many locals here, Ka’anapali is a popular place for mainlanders who want to get a feel for Hawaiian waters. It’s consistently named one of the best beaches in the United States, with three miles of soft, white sand and gentle waves. Take advantage of recreational opportunities like kayaking, whale watching, and swimming. Or, head to Black Rock on the north end of the beach for epic snorkeling. Black Rock is one of the top places to spot Hawaiian Green sea turtles on Maui; be sure to bring an underwater camera!
If you prefer to stay on land, spend the day at Whalers Village. This beachside shopping complex has stores, restaurants, and entertainment facilities. There’s even live music every Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.!
2. Makena Beach | South Maui
Makena Beach, also known as Maui’s “Big Beach”, is another hotspot on the island. Here, you’ll find orange and white sand, a dramatic cliff landscape, and brilliant blue water. Big Beach is famous for its inclined shoreline and large shore break, making it ideal for skimboarding, bodyboarding, and bodysurfing. (Just be sure to obey the lifeguards!) The beach also has picnic tables and large, shady trees.
Local Tip: Be careful when walking out to the sand. The trees on Big Beach have thorns that frequently fall to the ground, and going barefoot can be dangerous. We recommend waiting to take off your sandals or shoes until you walk past this area.
3. Pa’iloa Beach | East Maui
Is exploring a black sand beach on your bucket list? Check out Pa’iloa Beach in Wai’anapanapa State Park. This remote stretch of jet-black sand will make you feel like you’ve landed on another planet! It’s easily accessible from the Road to Hana and features caverns, lava tubes, and large sea caves. The views don’t hurt, either; at Pa’iloa Beach, bright green flora provides a breathtaking contrast to the cerulean-colored ocean. Spend a few hours here and enjoy hiking, swimming, and sunbathing under the Hawaiian sun.
4. Baby Beach | North Shore
As its name suggests, visiting Baby Beach is one of the best things to do on Maui with kids. You can find this calm lagoon at the western end of Baldwin Beach Park. The water is protected from the ocean by a reef and is perfect for splashing around with the family. Just be sure to plan your trip early in the day — the trade winds tend to pick up in the afternoon.
Local Tip: Need a break from the breeze? Head to the other end of Baldwin Beach. It’s sheltered from the wind!
5. Kanaha Beach Park | North Maui
This tranquil stretch of shoreline is a local favorite and is just 15 minutes from our inn. Kanaha Beach boasts perfect afternoon wind conditions for kiteboarding and windsurfing. You can also indulge in laid-back activities, like swimming and sunbathing, with a beautiful view of the West Maui Mountains. The beach has lifeguards, volleyball areas, picnic tables, showers, and restrooms, so many families choose to spend the day here.
Other Incredible Beaches
Of course, this list is just the start! There are plenty of beaches on Maui worth visiting. Click the links below for even more must-see spots.
Come Home to The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
While there are many hotels and resorts to choose from along Maui’s beaches, our bed and breakfast offers an authentic experience found nowhere else on the island. The Old Wailuku Inn was built in 1924 and continues to showcase Maui’s charm to this day. Plus, our friendly and knowledgeable innkeepers were born and raised on the islands. We can help you experience Hawaii like a local!
Stay with us and experience top-notch service, luxury amenities, and breathtaking views of the tropical rainforest. All of our rooms and suites provide the comfort you’ll need after a long day in the sun. We even serve a fresh, delicious breakfast each morning of your stay!
To find out what else Maui Island has to offer, be sure to request a copy of our free Travel Guide. It includes restaurant recommendations, lodging options, helpful trip-planning tips, and more!