Maui beaches are great for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, surfing or just people watching. With 120 Miles of coastline, and more than 80 beaches, you will find plenty of beautiful beaches all over Maui. Maui’s beaches have pure white sand, green sand, red sand, black sand and golden sand. It is hard to pick the best beaches.
Here are five Maui beaches that have had the honor of being listed as the top beaches in the world in previous years.
1. DT Fleming beach park
DT Fleming beach park has a nice sandy crescent shaped beach near Lahaina. This beach is great for swimming when the water is calm. During high tide riptides can easily develop. This beach is also great for snorkeling, diving, body boarding and surfing. This beach park is surrounded by large Ironwood trees which create a nice shady environment when you have had enough sun. This beach has lifeguards, BBQ grills, picnic tables, restrooms, showers and telephones.
2. Ka’anapali beach
Ka’anapali beach is right in front of the Ka’anapali resorts. Ka’anapali beach has a concrete pathway that runs the entire length of the beach from the Ka’anapali Hyatt to black rock. This beach is wonderful for swimming and is known for it’s beautiful sunsets. Black Rock is one of the best places on the island for snorkeling. Ka’anapali beach has some shade, lifeguards, restrooms and showers. Food can be found at any of the nearby hotels.
3. Wailea Beach
Wailea beach is a wonderful golden sandy beach on Maui’s sunny south shore. This beach is protected on both ends by large black lava points which allow for calm waters perfect for swimming. There are also some waves which make it a nice beach for surfing. This is a great beach for sunbathing, sunsets and whale watching. Wailea beach has some grassy areas, restrooms, showers and lifeguards. This beach is technically a resort beach since it is backed by the Four Seasons and The Grand Wailea.
4. Kapalua Bay Beach
Kapalua Bay is a sheltered white sand beach on the north west side of Maui. The bay is protected by two reefs that extend out on both ends forming a C-shaped cove making it ideal for snorkeling.
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The bay's calm water makes it one of those perfect places for beginner snorkeling and is an ideal spot to take the kids. Kapalua bay is a popular beach because of it’s beauty and the tranquil blue water. There are amenities such as restrooms and showers. There is no lifeguard on duty and no concession stands for food or water. The parking lot is small so go early. There is some grass and shade from palm trees. This is a great place for the whole family.
5. Ali’I Kahekili Nui Ahumanu Beach Park
Of all of the Maui Beaches, this is one of my favorites. This beach is just north of Ka’anapali and stretches north from Black Rock to the new Westin Ka’anapaili resort villas. There is a very nice beach park located at the end of Kai Ala Drive which is close to the main entrance to the Westin resort. The parking lot is large and there are restrooms and showers. The is a covered pavilion and BBQ grills. This is a popular spot on the weekends for family gatherings such as birthdays. The beach is very beautiful and the ocean is usually calm. The beach is just north of Black Rock which as I said before is a great place for snorkeling. There is a reef that starts just a few feet offshore which is great for snorkeling and diving. There are grassy areas and lots of shade when you have had enough sun. This is another great beach for the whole family to enjoy.
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