Best Beaches on Maui

Here are the top 15 beaches on the Island of Maui though there are many others on Maui. They are listed alphabetically because it is difficult to decide which ones are best. We love them all! You may obtain directions or view photos for each location by clicking on the Google Maps.

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Baldwin Beach Park

One of the largest beaches on the North Shore, Baldwin Beach is one mile of white sand perfect for a day of lounging with friends or family. It has a lifeguard on duty which is great to have if you are going with children.


Charley Young Beach

This is a beautiful white sandy beach which most enter via the Kaiau Place. It has showers and you access the beach by a staircase. Sometimes trade winds pick up in the afternoon but this is still a great beach for a full day at the beach.


Hamoa Beach

Our favorite beach near Hana but, again, we love Hana so we are a bit bias. The sand is a bit grayish but fine. The views are spectacular. This side of the island is more prone to waves but you can still swim in most days.


Honomanu Beach


Honolua Bay

Many people think this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii. It is indeed gorgeous even though it is not a white sandy beach. It is located in the North West end of Maui. It is part of the 45 acre-Honolua Mokule'ia Marine Conservation area.


Ho’okipa Beach

About 1/4 of a mile long, surfers love this beach. With a combination of white sand and rocks, you can swim near the shore but most people go to check out the surfers and enjoy the waves.


Ka'anapali Beach

Ka'anapali is very famous because it is near some of the well-known condos and hotels. You can't go wrong... pristine white sandy beach, easy swim, great views, and near restaurants.


Kapalua Beach

Voted many times one of the best beaches in the world, Kapalua Bay is fabulous. It can be a bit busy but busy on Maui still means you can have plenty of space. It has white sand and great areas to snorkel with the turtles and tropical fishes.


Koki Beach

It is a unique and beautiful beach with reddish sand. With nice vegetation and trees around, it is a great place to spend the day and picnic. It is not a good place to swim because of its waves but a must-see when on Maui.


La Perouse Beach

Located in La Perouse Bay, it has a rocky shoreline. It is a great place for beautiful photography. Indeed, you cannot take a bad photo there. All of the colors of the see and surrounding flora seem to come alive.


Makena Beach

It is South Maui's largest beach, South of Wailea with 1.5 miles of gold sand. Some parts are as wide as 100 feet so there is plenty of space for everyone. You may swim, snorkel, or just spend the day soaking in the views.


Olowalu Beach

This beach has the largest reef on Maui protected from the trade winds. It gives it great snorkeling conditions. If you love snorkeling, that is the beach to go to swim with tropical fish and sea turtles.


Oneuli Beach

Black sandy beach? Yes, Maui has white, gold, gray, red, and even black sandy beaches. This beach offers great snorkeling, swimming, and diving.


Palauea Beach

It is sometimes referred to as the White Rock Beach. Gold-white sand and easy swimming, the beach is not very big but still a tropical paradise.


Wai’anapanapa State Park

Very black sandy beach...not a beach for swimming though you may find people taking a dip. It is the entry point to one of the most beautiful seashore trail in the world. Beautiful, beautiful, and beautiful! Bring sunglasses, a hat, your camera, and a picnic. The trail is mostly easy walking.