When you think of Hawaiʻi, you probably conjure up images of beautiful beaches with clear water. Whether you want to swim, surf, paddle, windsurf, or just enjoy a day relaxing on the beach, there is something for everyone. Get your swim gear, reef safe sun protection, and beach supplies, and head to one of these favorite beaches around the island:
SOUTH SHORE BEACHES
Kamaʻole Beach Park*
Known by locals as the Kam beaches, Kamʻaole I, 2, and 3 in Kihei are family friendly and fun for all. Lifeguards patrol these beaches, and people flock here for beach days and picnics. If you bring your snorkel gear, you may also see some sea turtles swimming by.
Sandwiched between the Andaz and the Wailea Beach Resort, Ulua Beach is a favorite for diving enthusiasts and snorkelers. There is even an educational outreach station hosted by Pacific Whale Foundation in the mornings.
If you want to work on your tan or consider yourself a skilled bodyboarder, add Big Beach to your list! Take a dip or catch a few barrels, but be careful of the heavy shorebreak!
WEST SHORE BEACHES
Launiupoko Beach Park
Launiupoko is arguably one of the best beaches on Maui for longboarding and stand-up paddle boarding. Bring a picnic lunch, a few boards, and some surfing buddies for a day filled with fun waves.
Kaʻanapali Beach (Black Rock)
Kaʻanapali Beach is a popular spot for sunbathing, swimming, and cliff jumping. Swim out to the famous Black Rock and jump in, or take your snorkel gear and explore the underwater world. If you get hungry, there are plenty of shops and restaurants lining the beach.
North of the popular tourist beaches and resorts is the scenic Honolua Bay. This rocky beach can be reached by a short walk and has some excellent snorkeling. Experienced surfers can also paddle out and catch some world-class waves.
NORTH SHORE BEACHES
Hoʻokipa Beach Park*
Famous Hoʻokipa Beach is well worth a stopover if you are on Mauiʻs north shore. Windsurfers come here from all over the world, and sea turtles are also a common sight on the north end of the beach.
Baldwin Beach Park*
Grab a surfboard and catch the wave of surf culture at Baldwin Beach in Paʻia. If you prefer to swim or sunbathe, take a walk down to the southern end of the beach, and enjoy a dip at sheltered Baby Beach.
EAST MAUI BEACHES
Black Sand Beach (Waiʻanapanapa State Park)
Take a swim at Black Sand Beach in Hana and enjoy the black cliffs, blue ocean, and green vegetation that makes this beach so popular. You can also take a walk along some coastal trails or swim in nearby freshwater caves.
Sit on the soft sand and enjoy the clear waters of Hana’s Hamoa Beach. If you are an experienced surfer, you may also be able to catch a few fun waves here, but be aware of changing conditions.