Hamoa Beach is a beautiful crescent of silky smooth sand not far from the eastern tip of Maui. It is backed by tropical greenery, low cliffs and Hala trees which provide some welcome shade. The beach is about 1,000 feet long and 100 feet wide when the tide is low. This is plenty big enough as the beach never really gets busy.
Located about 2.5 miles outside of Hana, there are two ways to enter the beach. You can walk from the road down a steep path or come from the hotel shuttle drop off (if you’re a guest).
There is no protective outer reef at Hamoa so it bears the full force of the Pacific swells. This makes it good for surfing, particularly boogie boarding and body surfing. On calmer days you can snorkel on the left side of the cove, but you need to take care because there can be strong currents and the swell can pick up quickly. This beach does open up to the ocean.
During the summer months swimming is often fine at Hamoa Beach. However, there is no lifeguard, and there can also be very strong currents outside of the bay so take care if you do.
The Hotel Hana Maui took over the care of this beach in the 1930s. It is now the Travaasa, and they provide shuttle service to the beach, beach chairs, and umbrellas. They also have extra facilities for their hotel guests, but do still provide some essentials such as restrooms for the public. If you are not staying at the hotel, you can find parking on the street above the beach.
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