Maui is famous for its world-class beaches – so we wanted to help you find the absolute best on the island. Relax on some of the most peaceful and sought-after beaches in the world. From the most popular beaches to the hidden gems of the island, we go over it all. Let’s get into the 10 Best Beaches on Maui, Hawaii!
1. Big Beach
Big Beach is located in Wailea-Makena and is one of the most photographed places on all of Maui. It’s easily one of the best beaches on the island – and when you get here, you will understand why. From its interesting shore break, to how long and wide the beach is (at well over half a mile long) – you definitely need to make a visit to Big Beach. If you visit Big Beach, we definitely recommend visiting the other beaches that are apart of Makena Beach State Park, like Little Beach and Oneuli Beach, which is listed as #2 on the 10 Best Beaches on Maui.
2. Oneuli Beach
Oneuli Beach is a black sand beach that is apart of Makena State Park and is located in Wailea. As beautiful as Makena Big Beach was – Oneuli stood out more to me. Beautiful black sand, red dirt mountains, and vibrant blue waters made this beach one of my personal favorites on the island. If you’re planning on visiting Big Beach – then you definitely need to visit the beautiful Oneuli Beach.
3. Charlie Young Beach
Charlie Young Beach is a beautiful golden sand beach located in Kihei. It’s one of my favorite beaches for swimming, and often you will see people playing volleyball and having a good time. We recommend visiting during morning hours when trade winds are light. What makes visiting this beach even better is there are awesome places to go for breakfast and lunch right across the street!
4. Baldwin Beach Park
Located right outside Paia, Baldwin Beach Park is a long white-sand beach that is perfect for morning walks – which feels absolutely magical. Also, during winter months, this beach couldn’t be better for those that love to boogie-board.
5. Wai’anapanapa State Park (Black Sand Beach)
Also known as the Black Sand Beach, Wai’anapananapa State Park is an incredibly popular tourist location. It is located right off of Hana highway and is extremely unique. Visiting and seeing the contrast between the black sand and the vibrant, glistening blue waters will have you in love. It features caves, hidden blowholes, sea stacks, and other hidden gems that you’ll have to find yourself!
6. Ho’okipa Beach Park
Located right in Paia, Ho’okipa Beach Park is a world-renowned place for windsurfing – but is also good for board surfing as well. There are professional windsurfing competitions that are held here – which shows how special of a spot this beach is. This is definitely not the best place for swimming – so other beaches on this list might be a better option for those looking to relax.
7. Kaihalulu Beach (Red Sand Beach)
Kaihalulu Beach, also known as the Red Sand Beach, is located on the Eastern side of Maui. It’s a phenomenal place to watch the sunrise and is known for its unique red sand and vibrant blue waters. As of recently, a part of the trail has fallen off and makes the trail a challenge to hike down. The actual trail only takes about 10 minutes and we didn’t have any problem hiking it early in the morning.
8. Koki Beach
Koki Beach is a beautiful beach located roughly 5 miles from Kaihalulu Beach (Red Sand Beach). Koki Beach is particularly unique and is a definite must when visiting Hana. The waves here can get quite rough, so be careful if you decide to go into the water. This beach changes very dramatically throughout the year: during summer months, the beach is very mellow – while during winter, the conditions here are much harsher and is definitely not swimming conditions.
9. Honolua Bay
Located in the North-Western end of Maui, Honolua Bay is one of the most popular snorkeling locations on the island. It is a Marine Life Conservation District, so no fishing here is allowed. There are no lifeguards, showers, or bathrooms here. We definitely recommend that you bring food because there are none nearby – and you might end up snorkeling here longer than you expect!
10. Ka’anapali Beach
Located on the North-West Coast of Maui in Lahaina, Ka’anapali is a beautiful beach that is very commercialized. If you want a hidden gem – this isn’t the beach you’re looking for, but that doesn’t mean it’s not an incredible beach to relax at! This beach has very gentle waters and couldn’t be better for families. This beach is pure bliss, somewhere perfect for a honeymoon or just want to relax.
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