Beaches of Maui Blog

Maui's best beaches with up to date information about things to do, points of interest, and how to get the most out of your day at the beach.

Makena's Hottest New Development

Makena Real Estate

This lovely coastal spot in the southwestern part of Maui enjoys a scenic setting with privacy and elite properties. Nestled between world-class beaches like Maluaka Beach and the lush green foothills of Haleakala, many of the outstanding properties surrounding the Makena Golf and Beach Club will command exceptional Pacific Ocean views.

An Exciting New Development

Planning continues for the construction of a number of proposed residential enclaves in the Makena area. The Maui Prince Hotel stood along this section of coastline for many years. The 310-unit Makena Beach and Golf Resort subsequently replaced it. Recently, Discovery Land Company commenced renovations near the site to erect a luxury Makena Golf…

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A Beautiful Beach and Reef

Napili Bay Beach Maui

Lovely Napili Bay lies approximately 12 miles north of Lahaina, just a short distance south of Kapalua Bay. This crescent-shaped golden-white sand beach contains rocky outcroppings along both ends. Several luxurious condo developments overlook this scenic West Maui beachfront.

About Napili Bay

Similar to some other beaches along the far northwestern shores of Maui, this one receives protection against high waves. Coral reefs located about 100 feet offshore form a natural barrier. They help create excellent conditions for many different types of water activities: wading, swimming, snorkeling, paddling, and surfing.

Lovely tropical vegetation adjoins some portions of this section of coastline. A fine sand carpet in…

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Surf, Paddle, and Get Together

Launiupoko

Just south of Lahaina, Launiupoko Beach Park is a wonderful place to enjoy mellow waves, great paddleboard conditions, and a large grassy area perfect for parties and get-togethers. Located at the base of the hill up to the Launiupoko residential subdivision, this beach park offers several picnic tables, showers, and restrooms as well.

About This Idyllic Beach Park

The park stands at Mile Marker 18 (Kai Hele Ku), along the Honoapiilani Highway just south of Lahaina (adjoining the only stoplight on the roadway between Lahaina and Ma'alaea). This beach park encompasses some 6.7 lush acres and includes both sections with thick vegetation, as well as a grassy lawn overlooking the waterfront.

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An Idyllic Coastal Retreat

Kapalua Bay West Maui

Kapalua Bay in northwest Maui enjoys an internationally acclaimed reputation as a spectacular recreational site. It adjoins the popular Kapalua Resort. This scenic section of West Maui's coastline offers magnificent views of the blue Pacific Ocean. During clear weather, people enjoy stunning vistas of Lanai and Molokai in the distance. The surrounding beaches and golf courses here appeal to vacationers from around the world.

The Beachfront at Kapalua Bay

A fine golden-brown sandy carpet forms a crescent along this shoreline. Both ends of the beach end in rocky outcroppings of hardened lava, reminders of West Maui's volcanic past. Blessed with warm, balmy weather and a sheltering reef, this location supplies an…

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South Maui's Favorite Destination Beach

 Big Beach Makena Maui

Beachgoers seeking an undeveloped shoreline appreciate the beautiful beaches in Makena State Park. This pristine site encompasses a stretch of Maui's southwestern coastline adjoining a thickly forested hillside. It offers magnificent Pacific Ocean views.

About Makena Beach State Park

This popular Hawaii State Park contains an eye-catching section of Maiu's shoreline, including several beaches. The most prominent, Big Beach, offers a broad expanse of fine white sand. It forms a thick crescent covering a length of nearly 3,300 feet. In some places, the beach spans widths of 100 feet between the water's edge and the adjoining hillside.

The sandy surface continues far offshore. Occasional rocky…

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A Royal Retreat

Kaanapali Beach

Scenic Ka'anapali Beach draws visitors to West Maui in large numbers. This location offers an ideal site for many types of ocean-based recreational activities. The warm, sunny climate of the region ensures people enjoy many opportunities to experience fun outdoor pursuits during every season of the year. Real estate buyers frequently search for luxurious properties overlooking this popular site.

There's a Lot to Love About Ka'anapali Beach

Beautiful Ka'anapali Beach provides a soft surface of fine golden-white sand. It extends in a crescent-shape along the coastline of West Maui for a distance of just over a mile and a half. This oceanfront begins roughly two miles north of Lahaina, close to the Hyatt Regency Maui.…

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A Golden Expanse

Sugar Beach Maui

Sugar Beach stretches along the coast of Maui for several miles, linking the northern section of Kihei with the port of Ma'alaea. This superb section of shoreline offers exceptional scenery and opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and diving. Don't miss the opportunity to explore this exciting beach!

A Popular Local Beach

Kenolio Park stands just across the street from the southern tip of this beachfront. The northern extremity of this long strip of fine golden-brown sand reaches into the southern outskirts of Ma'alaea. The shoreline in this location curves around a significant portion of Ma'alaea Bay. For those that live in places like Kihei Villages or Kai Makani, going to Sugar Beach is as easy as walking across the…

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The Coastal Border of Wailea and Makena

Wailea Polo Beach

The Wailea Resort boasts several outstanding beaches that front the community. Polo Beach, known in Hawaiian as Ke Ono O' Polo, along the southern coast of Wailea, provides an excellent setting for swimming, snorkeling, and surfing. 

About This Beach

Polo Beach lies south of Wailea Beach, and immediately north of Palauea Beach. A hillside adjoins this site. The topography offers both advantages and disadvantages. While the generous width of the beachfront permits panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from this location, the terrain does limit available shade along the beachfront.

Some beachgoers choose to use umbrellas or canopies to escape from the sun during the hottest hours of the day.

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Kamaole Beach Park II

About Kamaole 2

The excellent white sand beach at "Kam 2" extends for nearly a third of a mile. The beach park directly adjoins South Kihei Road, with parking available immediately off the roadway. People descend from the entrance down a short hillside to reach the Pacific Ocean. Maui County recently refurbished an ADA-accessible ramp to ensure everyone enjoys excellent access to this beach.

A fine covering of sand extends offshore, making this location ideal for swimming, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, and other water activities. Lifeguards watch over the waterfront during the hours when the park remains open to the public. Nonswimmers should exercise caution since the gradient of the land beneath the water proves steep in a few locations.

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Ulua Beach Maui

The luxurious Wailea Resort offers incredible access to some of the most acclaimed beachfront property in Maui. Every year, millions from around the world journey long distances to enjoy these magnificent shores. One of the loveliest and more private beaches, Ulua Beach, holds a well-deserved reputation as an excellent location for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling.

A Renowned Beach in Wailea

Ulua Beach, a crescent-shaped expanse of powdery golden sand, extends along the southwestern coast of Maui for approximately an eighth of a mile. To the north, a rocky outcropping known as "Turtle Reef" separates this beachfront from Mokapu Beach. Access this location from Ulua Beach Road, just off Wailea Alanui Drive. The roadway adjoins a small…

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