Maui is the ultimate island for nature lovers and no visit would be complete without exploring the beautiful and diverse beaches here.
Here are some you won’t want to miss:
- Charlie Young Beach – Named after a long-time resident of the area, the beach is near a residential district. It’s one of the best swimming beaches although there are no lifeguards. There are facilities, including portable restrooms and showers. Parking is limited to the side of South Kihei Road so it’s best to start early, get a good parking spot, and enjoy your day at the beach.
- Kaanapali Beach – This beach is dominated by a dozen or so luxury resorts, some golf courses, shopping malls and thousands of cabanas and beach chairs. Because of its enormous size, you won’t have a problem finding your place in the sun here – just be sure to bring your own shade. At the northern end of Kaanapali is Black Rock, a great area for scenic views of the coastline and snorkeling or diving off the rocky cliff.
- Kahekili Beach – Kahekili is the other side of Black Rock, another long stretch of golden sand beach and home to a few sea turtles. Count yourself lucky if you encounter one of these sea creatures on the beach or in the nearby water. It has full facilities including picnic grounds and showers. No lifeguards though!
- Pailoa Black Sand Beach – The best black sand beach in Maui is part of the Waianapanapa State Park. The scenic view is invitation enough to visit and the velvety black sand set against a backdrop of lush green trees and tropical plants is a rare sight. Pailoa may not be perfect for swimming but enjoy the sand, wade along the shore and hike to one of the lava tubes. It has full facilities except for lifeguards.