Maui boasts of 120 miles of mesmerizing coastline and thirty miles of beautiful beaches bathed in countless shades of blue and white sandy shores. These include easily accessible beach parks with restrooms, security and picnic facilities, as well as secretly treasured waters. To make it easier for you to plan your itinerary, we have put together this list of spectacular beaches in Maui.
Maui’s Best Beaches to Visit in 2018
1) Wailea Beach
Referred to as ‘Kahamanini Beach’ earlier, Wailea Beach is rated as one the best beaches in the world, and is unquestionably nature’s perfection among beaches. Although the crowd may seem to be too much, don’t let it deter you from enjoying the alluring blue water and soft golden-white sand.
Water Sports: Snorkeling, surfing, boogie boarding, scuba diving
Facilities: Well-maintained restrooms, showers, free public parking, paved walkway
Accommodation: Four Seasons Maui, Grand Wailea Resort, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Note: If you want to experience the calmness and tranquility of Wailea Beach, you can head to the beach in the early hours of the day.
2) Makena Beach
Known as one of the signature beaches of Maui, Makena Beach is nestled between two black-lava formations and has an incredible scenic vista with miles and miles of crystal clear water surrounded by white sand. It consists of two beaches, the secluded Little Beach, considered as a nude beach, albeit without any amenities or lifeguard, and Big Beach, located south of Wailea.
Water Sports: Snorkeling, fishing, swimming
Facilities: Picnic tables, food concessions, lifeguard, parking, restrooms
Accommodation: Makena Beach & Golf Resort
Note: The water here can be dangerous which is why you must be completely aware of the ocean conditions beforehand.
3) Kapalua Beach
Located in the north-western region, Kapalua Beach has consistently ranked among the top beaches in the USA. With picturesque vistas consisting of palm trees and lava rocks lined up on the bay, beautiful sandy shore, and an up-close view of the sea creatures such as butterfly fish, parrot fish, and wrasse, it is indeed an incredible choice for a romantic getaway with your partner or a great family vacay time.
Water Sports: Boogie boarding, surfing, swimming
Facilities: Showers, restrooms
Accommodation: The Kapalua Villas, The Ritz Carlton Kapalua
Note: The beach has a desk renting equipment for ocean activities and providing information on other things to do locally.
4) Kaanapali Beach
Known for its calm water in magical shades of blue, perfect soft sand merely a few feet away from the local shops, lots of sunshine to bask in, and a wide array of beach activities, Kaanapali Beach is a favorite getaway. There are restaurants and bars within walking distance to satisfy your appetite. However, finding an ideal place for parking near the beach can be difficult.
Water Sports: Surfing, boating, boogie boarding, stand-up paddling, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling Facilities: Lifeguard (from 8 am to 4 pm), showers, public restrooms
Accommodation: Kaanapali Beach Hotel, The Royal Lahaina Resort, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali Beach Club, Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas
Note: If you have an adventurous streak in you, daily cliff diving ceremony held every evening at sunset on Black Rock is a must. You could also try the zip line tour by Kaanapali Skyline Eco-Adventures to soar above the breathtaking coastline.
5) Napili Bay
Napili Bay is admired for its vast expanse of golden sand, turquoise waters with gentle surf, and picture-perfect sunsets. It is one of the most visited beaches in Maui where you can experience the gentle waves caressing your feet, explore abundant coral and tropical fish, and feel closer to nature.
Water Sports: Snorkeling, swimming, stand-up paddle boarding
Facilities: Restaurants within walking distance, street parking (though difficult to find a spot later during the day)
Accommodation: Napili Kai Beach Resort, The Mauian Hotel, Napili Sunset Beachfront Resort, Napili Village
Note: You can make your taste buds very happy at The Sea House Restaurant on the north end of the beach.
With this handy information plan your amazing vacation in Maui, and get ready to sit back and enjoy a few moments of bliss at these beautiful beaches! While you are in Maui, don’t forget to visit our swimwear store on Wailea Alanui Drive to check out our collection of exclusive designer swimwear at an affordable price. You could also shop online with us.