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Beaches on Maui

The island of Maui has a coastline of approximately 193 km. The beaches on Maui are very diverse and come in all shapes and colors. There are beautiful white sand beaches, as well as beaches with red and black sand. Others have no sand at all, but rather small stones or lava rocks. The island offers many opportunities for various water activities, such as swimming, snorkeling, diving, surfing, windsurfing and kayaking.

The beaches on Maui's south and west coasts offer the best conditions for swimming and snorkeling. The most famous beaches, where most of the visitors stay, are Kaanapali Beach, Napili Bay, Big Beach, and Wailea Beach. Hookipa Beach on Maui's north coast is world famous among windsurfers. And Waianapanapa Beach, with its jet-black sand, provides a beautiful backdrop for photographers.

As the name Big Beach suggests, there is enough sand here for everyone. Big Beach is approximately 1 km long and over 30 meters wide and is one of the most popular beaches on Maui. More info
Charley Young is a popular beach in Kihei on Maui's south coast. It is located directly on the main road and is therefore easy to get to. Here you can swim and snorkel well when the sea is calm. More info
Hamoa Beach is one of the most remote beaches on Maui. This beautiful beach is located south of the village of Hana on Maui's east coast, at the end of the well-known Road to Hana (Hana Highway)
The sand here is black (of volcanic origin), and while most people find dark sand less inviting, Hana Beach Park is the most suitable beach for swimming on Maui's east coast
This beautiful bay is located on the well-known and busy Road to Hana (Hana Highway) on Maui's north coast, between Kahului and Hana (between mile markers 13 and 14). More information
Hookipa is one of the world's most famous beaches for windsurfing. The beach is on the Road to Hana (Hana Highway) on Maui's north coast. Two professional windsurfing competitions are held here every year. More info
Kaanapali Beach is one of the most famous beaches on Maui. Many hotels line the beach. At the northern end is Pu'u Keka'a, also called Black Rock. More info
Kaihalulu Beach, also known as Red Sand Beach, is a remote beach near Hana on Maui's east coast. In the Hawaiian language, Kaihalulu means "stormy seas". More info
Kalama Beach Park on Maui's south coast doesn't have a sandy beach, but the large park has everything to keep the whole family happy, including basketball, tennis, baseball, and soccer fields, picnic tables, and a children's playground. More info
Kamaole Beach has three sections, Kamaole I, II and III. Kamaole I is the largest section. It is a long sandy beach where you can swim well when the sea is calm. More info
Kapalua Bay is north of Kaanapali on Maui's northwest coast. It's a beautiful bay lined with palm trees and luxurious vacation villas. Due to the curvy shape and a reef, the beach is protected from high waves. More info
La Perouse Bay is located on Maui's south coast in the Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve, a nature reserve. The entire area is a lava field and therefore there is no sandy beach here. More info
Little Beach is the only unofficial nudist beach on Maui. It is right next to the better known and much larger Big Beach. Both beaches are located in Makena State Park. You can reach the beach via a beaten path. More info
Napili Bay is near Kaanapali on Maui's northwest coast. It is a beautiful bay and there are many holiday homes here. This means that the beach is usually well attended. The seabed is sandy, but it drops off quickly. More info
Polo Beach is one of the beaches in the Wailea Region that is home to many large hotels and resorts. Located on the quieter south end of Wailea, this beach has a small park with picnic tables and a lawn. More info
This 800-meter-long sandy beach on Maui's south coast offers good swimming conditions when the sea is calm. The predominantly sandy seabed drops off relatively flat here. In the background there are sand dunes and kiawe trees. More info
Ulua Beach is one of the beaches in the Wailea Region that is home to many large hotels and resorts. When the waves are high on Maui's south coast, they are usually a bit higher here than on the neighboring beaches. More info
This black sand beach with the tongue twister name is gorgeous. The pitch black sand is of volcanic origin and offers an intense contrast to the lush green of the landscape and the deep blue sea. More info
Wailea Beach is one of the most famous beaches on Maui's south coast. This is where the luxurious Grand Wailea Resort is located, so the beach is usually well attended. More info