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Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay – surf in the winter & snorkel during summer

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Black Sand Beach

The name of this rocky, remote beach—Oneuli—means “dark sand” and refers to the burnt cinder from Puu Olai cinder cone which was created by volcanic eruptions. Erosion of the cinder cone by waves created the black sand of the beach which is mixed with crushed seashells creating a salt and pepper beach. The waters of […]

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Kanaha Beach Park

This beach is famous as one of the world’s premier windsurfing and kitesurfing spots along with Hookipa Beach. Surfers also enjoy the waves of Kanaha when a swell is running. Many locals frequent Kanaha to fish, swim and play volleyball as well as watersports. The area on the Kahului end of Kanaha is often referred […]

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Kalama Beach Park

This 36-acre beach park includes various sports fields, an inline skating rink, tennis and basketball courts, and a 20,000-foot skateboard park. The beach is relatively small but the park is large and a favorite gathering place for local kids and families. Lots of picnics and family gatherings are held here as well as festivals and […]

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Red Sand Beach

Warning: This beach is dangerous! The trail has eroded and just getting to the beach is difficult. A Maui landmark, Red Sand Beach provides scenic views as well as uniquely red sand that comes from the erosion of the cinder cone surrounding the bay. Some areas of the beach are somewhat protected by lava formations […]

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Napili Beach

One of Maui’s nicest swimming and snorkeling beaches, Napili Beach is known for its shimmering blue water and beautiful white sand. Located on Maui’s northwestern coast, Napili Bay is situated between two rocky points. The ocean bottom is sandy though it gets deep relatively quickly. A strong shore break during the winter months provides waves […]

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Kamaole Beach Park

Kamaole Beach has three separate sections called Kamaole I, II, and III, each divided by rocky points. Swimming is good at all three of these beaches. Kamaole III, which is the southernmost of the three beaches, features a wide and sandy beach and also a nice grassy area that is terrific for picnics. The sandy […]

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H.A. Baldwin Beach Park

Located in Paia, this lovely beach is quite long with nice sand, clear blue water, and a calm lagoon area for babies to play. There are also plenty of shady and grassy areas for relaxing. The water at Baldwin is sometimes a bit murky due to nearby runoff. This popular local beach is often very […]

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Koki Beach

This picturesque red sand beach is located just to the south of Hana town on Maui’s southeastern coastline. Experienced surfers appreciate the waves at Koki though it is not a great swimming beach for beginners. The ocean slopes gently to the sea and does not get overhead for several hundred feet, yet the conditions may […]

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Ho’okipa Beach Park

One of the world’s best windsurfing beaches, Hookipa is also a favorite hangout for kitesurfers and surfers as well as other water sports enthusiasts. The sandy beach and scenic rocky shoreline provide a nice place to relax when the winds aren’t blowing too strong. A coral reef offshore provides some protection near the beach making […]

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Hamoa Beach

Shaped like a half-moon, Hamoa Beach is about 900 feet long and 100 feet wide with gray sand comprised of a mix of coral and lava. This flawless beach is surrounded by tropical growth and 30-foot high black lava sea cliffs with nice views of the palm-topped seabird sanctuary offshore which is known as Alau […]

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Waianapanapa State Park

Located along the Hana Highway just a few miles before Hana town, Waianapanapa State Park encompasses about 120 acres along Maui’s eastern shore. The beach is comprised of small black pebbles. The grassy area set above the sea is wonderful for a scenic picnic along the coastline of low black lava cliffs amidst tropical flora, […]

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Makena Beach State Park

Makena Beach State Park includes two of Maui’s nicest beaches–Big Beach and Little Beach. The wide, golden-sand Big Beach is edged with palm trees and bordered by grass-topped sand dunes between two black lava points on the south side of Maui’s resort coastline of Wailea. This white and orange sand beach is nearly one mile […]

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Wailea Beach

Wailea Beach in southwest Maui is a beautiful crescent of golden sand and one of the five beaches near the Wailea Resort. Wailea Beach is big and wide, and fronts the elegant Wailea Four Seasons Resort as well as the Grand Wailea Resort. An excellent swimming beach, Wailea Beach is backed by sand dunes on […]

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Kaanapali Beach

Sunbath & snorkel at popular Kaanapali Beach

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Kapalua Bay Beach

Considered by many to be the finest beach on Maui and definitely one of the most popular tourist beaches, Kapalua Beach is a nice crescent of golden sand lined with palm trees. Kapalua Beach borders Kapalua Resort yet there is plenty of room for everyone on this large beach which provides prime swimming and also […]

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D.T. Fleming Beach Park

This lovely northwestern Maui beach begins near the 16th hole of the beautiful Kapalua golf course at Makaluapuna Point and continues to the other side of the cove on Honokahua Bay which is bordered by sea cliffs. Fleming Beach is long and wide and is usually great for swimming and snorkeling while also providing good […]