Visitors flock to the island of Maui to experience the tranquil lifestyle, lush greenery, and dazzling beaches. With over 120 miles of coastline and 30 miles of beaches, Maui is home to some of the most beautiful golden sands and crystal clear waters in the world. Let’s take a look at some of the best beaches this charming island has to offer.
Known as the island’s ‘Big Beach,’ Makena is one of the largest and most popular beaches in Maui. At 1.5-miles long, visitors do not need to worry about overcrowding and can swim, snorkel, picnic, and sunbathe on the golden sand. Surrounded by lush vegetation, this beach has incredible ocean views, and guests can see the islands of Molokini and Kahoolawe from the shore.
Once named ‘America’s Best Beach,’ Kaanapali has 3 miles of white sand and clear water for visitors to enjoy. Situated in West Maui, this popular resort destination has five hotels and six condominiums overlooking the ocean, ideal for visitors who want easy access to the beach. There is lots to do here, including the open-air Whalers Village shopping complex, the whaling museum, and free local entertainment.
Kanaha Beach Park
Located in Central Maui, this gorgeous beach is world famous for the excellent windsurfing conditions it offers all year round. A prime spot for being in the water, Kanaha is ideal for swimming and diving. This beach is popular with local residents, who bring the flavor of Hawaii with them through delicious food and entertainment.
Hana Beach Park
At the end of a long drive along the Hana Highway, what better way to unwind than at the beach? Hana Beach Park is peaceful, and popular with the locals, making it the perfect place to head for a relaxing day in the sun. Excellent for swimming, this beach is also great for getting a feel for the local atmosphere as many community events take place here.
At .7-miles long, this smaller beach is quieter and less crowded than others on the island. It is wonderful for swimming, boogie boarding, lazing in the sun, and snorkeling. The tide pools are particularly active and are stunning to observe at night, under the light of a full moon if possible!
Called ‘the most beautiful beach in the Pacific’ by author James Michener, Hamoa Beach is ideal for swimming, bodysurfing, sunbathing, and simply admiring the ocean views. Named ‘America’s Best Beach’ in 2006, it is very family-friendly, with showers and other facilities for visitors to use and enjoy.