Discover the best maui beaches with video and photos. Our top 10 favorite beaches shows you everything from Paia’s Baby Beach to the West side’s beautiful Honolua Bay.
WEST MAUI BEACHES
The Picturesque Napili Bay
When living or staying in the Napili area, you are just a short walk away from the beach, restaurants and ocean activities. Without a doubt, one of the most popular things to do in Napili is to snorkel and see the green Hawaiian sea turtles. Napili Bay hosts a beautiful sandy beach, calm and clear swimming pool-like ocean water, beautiful underwater coral reef formations and lava fingers, and a gentle shore break.
If you’d like to avoid tourist crowds and hard parking situations, visit Napili Bay during the morning to early afternoon hours, or weekday sunsets. Avoid the weekends.
Napili Bay is a great beach for everyone—toddlers to seniors.
Kalani Price from Aloha Stoked Shows Why Honolua Bay has some of Maui's Best Snorkeling
North of Kapalua is the magical Honolua Bay; always great for sunsets, snorkeling during the Summer, and a wonderful place to watch surfers during the Winter months. Part of this top maui beach was purchased by the state in an effort to protect the area from development. Large surf dominates this area during the winter months (approximately October - April), so exercise caution when venturing out. Honolua Bay also hosts the Maui Target Pro surfing competition.
Ka`anapali Beach. Photo courtesy of HVCB.
Voted the #3 best beach in the United States by Tripadvisor, Ka’anapali Beach offers white sandy beaches, picturesque views, and optimal snorkeling spots. A well-known sight of Ka’anapali Beach is Black Rock Point, where risk-takers test their luck cliff jumping. Easily accessible by Ka’anapali Resorts and the Whaler’s Village Shopping center, Ka’anapali Beach features a 3 mile paved beach-walk. This beach can experience strong currents, so be aware of the conditions.
SOUTH MAUI BEACHES
Makena Beach (aka Big Beach)
Aloha Stoked's Kalani Prince Gives You a Video Tour of Makena Beach
Makena Beach is a must-see on Maui, whether you just go for a beautiful beach walk, or planning to spend more time in the surf and sand. Makena is also a wonderful place in South Maui to enjoy sunset. All beach-goers should be careful when swimming at Makena, and never turn your back to the ocean! Makena’s Big Beach is notorious for rogue waves. With 3 entrances to the park, Makena Beach parking can fill up fast, so arrive early.
La Perouse Bay
Photo Credit: Chris Archer - Full Moon at La Perouse Bay
Start off your day by exploring La Perouse Bay, located at the end of Makena Alanui Road (Hwy. 31), past Big Beach. Here, you’ll find a beautiful bay decorated by a black rock ridden coastline. This bay is site to Maui’s most recent volcanic activity (approx. 1480-1600 AD), and home to some of Hawaii’s playful Spinner Dolphins (best seen during the early mornings). La Perouse Bay, also known as Keone’o’io in the ancient Hawaiian language, is also one end of Maui’s historic Kings Trail. The road is rough, and potholes have been an issue for some, so prepare for some bumpy conditions as you get closer to parking.
One of the 3 Entrance Signs to Keawakapu Beach
A local favorite, Keawakapu Beach lies between Wailea and Kihei, making it one of the easiest accessible beaches in South Maui. Keawakapu stretches approximately 1 mile, and features paved parking, showers and restrooms. Like most South Maui beaches, this spot has loads of white sand. Perfect for a morning snorkel, beach yoga or some great body surfing!
Kanaha Beach Park, Kahului
The entrance to Kanaha Beach Park
A favorite destination for Maui Wind & Kite Surfers, Kanaha beach park is located next to the Kahului Airport. This beach park’s facilities include picnic pavilions, bbq grills, public restrooms, and showers. The Kanaha Beach campground is open Wednesday through Sunday, and offers beautiful views of the Iao Valley and West Maui mountains. Kanaha's diverse geographic features include coves, surf beaches, wetlands, forests, scrubland, ponds and dunes. Afternoons are normally windy, so plan accordingly.
Baldwin Beach Park, Paia
Baldwin Beach Park offers many activities, including this free beach concert by the Freeradicals Project.
This popular north shore, Maui beach is easily accessible to the main drag of Paia. Visited by locals and tourists alike, Baldwin Beach Park is a great beach to bring your children. Nicknamed “Baby Beach”, a small lagoon on the East end of the beach offers protected swimming from the strong North Shore currents. Mid-morning weekdays are perhaps one of the best times to check out Baldwin Beach, because the beach can be found almost empty! Just you, the lifeguards, some runners and dog walkers, and plenty of sand, crystal blue waters for swimming, and one of the best views of the North Shore coastline. The large parking area can become quite packed on weekends. Facilities include covered picnic pavilions, bbqs, electricity, restrooms and showers.
Ho’okipa Beach Park
Surfers enjoy sunny skies and double overhead surf at places like Ho’okipa Beach Park. The beautiful weather also attracted locals wanting to work on their tans fronting the pavilions. Photo by Riley Yap.
Waianapanapa is a must-see for anyone taking the drive to Hana. Maui’s best black sand beach gives you crystal blue waters and panoramic views of East Maui. The park itself can get very busy, but most visitors don’t take advantage of the black sand beach, leaving beachgoers a secluded paradise. Hike down the ancient coastal Hawaiian trail to see blow holes, sea stacks, caves and more. The park facilities include camping, cabins, BBQ Grills, picnic pavilions, restrooms and parkings. For calmest conditions, it’s best to arrive at this beach early.
A monk seal buries its head in the sand at Hāmoa Beach, Hāna. Maui Now file photo.
Another popular beach in Hana, this maui destination is located down a steep hill past the Hotel Hana. This crescent beach is a steep walk from the road, and parking is road-side only, but the atmosphere is well worth it. Hamoa beach has ideal conditions for body surfing, boogy boarding, or just a leisurly swim.