Top 15 Maui Beaches

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  • 1. Kāʻanapali Beach

    Kāʻanapali Beach
    © Rob Newton

    If you are a beach connoisseur, then Kāʻanapali Beach on Maui's west coast is definitely one for your bucket list. Dubbed "Black Rock" Beach locally, this stunning three mile stretch of golden-white sand and alluring, azure water is within walking distance of several large resorts, tempting restaurants and many other local attractions.

    No surprise then that this beautiful Hawaiian beach has received many international accolades, including America's Best Beach… read more »

  • 2. Wailea Beach

    Wailea Beach

    Stretching from Makena to the south and Kihei to the north, Wailea is an affluent area with first-class resorts and a sunny beach.

    With a wide stretch of golden sand and gorgeous scenery in every direction, Wailea Beach is a picture-perfect destination. The sandy beach offers a view to the islets of Kahoolawe and Molokini while the surrounding landscape is draped in verdant foliage. The classy resorts with access to the… read more »

  • 3. Big Beach

    Big Beach

    As the name suggests, Big Beach is in fact the largest beach on the south coast of Maui. There is nearly a mile of golden sand along this section of Makena Beach State Park which unlike neighboring beaches is largely undeveloped.

    Backed by lush tropical forest this Big beach feels a lot more remote than it actually is; in fact it is right next door to the resort of read more »

  • 4. Napili Beach

    Napili Beach
    CJ Anderson

    The white sloping sands of Napili Bay Beach are often lined with beach blankets and umbrellas, providing tourists the ideal area for tanning and relaxation. It is also one of the top swimming destinations in Maui as the waters are often calm and the perfect temperature for diving right in.

    As you look across the ocean, you may spot the area where the outer reefs protect the shore from the Pacific… read more »

  • 5. Little Beach

    Little Beach

    Little Beach is so called, not only because it is fairly small, but because it is next door to the longest beach on Maui's south coast - Big Beach. Both are beautiful stretches of golden sand backed by the near-pristine tropical greenery of Makena State Park, it's just the scale is different... well mostly that.

    Perhaps what Little Beach is most famous for is the fact it is Maui's best-known… read more »

  • 6. DT Fleming Beach Park

    DT Fleming Beach Park

    Set on the far northwest of Maui, D.T. Fleming Beach Park has a long sandy beach which is surrounded by trees, and is quieter than many of the island's other beaches. The white sand runs for 1,500 feet with a width of 150 feet between two lava healands. The surrounding trees are Ironwoods, and there are dunes leading up to them. There is a shallow sandbar in front of most… read more »

  • 7. Kapalua Beach

    Kapalua Beach
    Laila Goubran

    Kapalua Bay definitely lives up to its reputation as one of America's Best Beaches. The crystalline green-blue waters lap the golden sands which line this horseshoe shaped bay. With fairly calm sea and gently breaking waves Kapalua Bay is ideal for swimming, although there is no lifeguard on duty. You can also snorkel and scuba dive; you will see corals, tropical fish, and turtles under the water.

    This is… read more »

  • 8. Hāmoa Beach

    Hāmoa Beach

    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… read more »

  • 9. Honokalani Beach

    Honokalani Beach
    Nick Doty

    A black sand beach on Keawaiki Bay, Honokalani Beach is located within Waianapanapa State Park and has views towards a sea arch. Considered sacred to the people of Hawaii, Waianapanapa means 'glistening water' and its waters certainly create a powerful contrast of colours between the black rocks and foliage which surround Honokalani Beach on all sides.

    Rip currents and a steep drop off close to shore make it dangerous to swim… read more »

  • 10. Kamaole Beach Park I

    Kamaole Beach Park I
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  • 11. Keawakapu Beach

    Keawakapu Beach
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  • 12. Kamaole Beach Park III

    Kamaole Beach Park III
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  • 13. Kamaole Beach Park II

    Kamaole Beach Park II
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  • 14. Red Sand Beach

    Red Sand Beach
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  • 15. Slaughterhouse Beach

    Slaughterhouse Beach
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