Maybe not as famous as Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu, Ka’anapali Beach in West Maui is quite a bit of a hot spot for all different types of beach activities. With different resorts and merchants all along the shoreline, offering everything from surf and snorkeling lessons to parasailing and cocktail cruises, it’s hard to pass up.
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Kahekili Beach Park
Kahekili Beach Park is Ka’anapali Beach’s sister to the north, on the other side of Pu’u Keka’a (Black Rock). The sand is just as golden, and the water just as clear. The only difference is the lack of hustle and bustle on this beach as opposed to Ka’anapali Beach, which makes it a nice retreat if you want to escape some of the crowds without going too far out of your way.
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Waianapanapa State Park (Black Sand Beach)
Maybe not a sun worshipers stretch of sand, this black sand beach is more awe inspiring than anything else. The Legend of the Waianapanapa Caves is one of the Hawaiian Princess Popoalaea and her tragic death at the hands of her husband, Chief Kaakea. Waianapanapa State Park is located on the windward side of the island in East Maui, and is a popular stop on many Road to Hana tours, the park making for a nice, shaded picnic area for the weary travelars of the Hana Highway.
D. T. Fleming Beach Park
A nice, secluded beach park at the North tip of West Maui, D. T. Fleming Beach Park is a nice little white sand beach. It’s fairly popular with the locals during the weekend, so your best bet for a little space is during the week. Equipped with showers, restrooms, picnic areas and lifeguards, this little gem is worth at least one trip up past Kapalua.
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Also located in West Maui, Kapalu Beach is one of a few beaches nestled in the Kapalua Bay resort area. Rock piers on either side of the quite small beach help protect its waters and make for good swimming and a little bit of snorkeling. Thus being a safer beach as a result, and because of the surrounding resorts in the area, sand on this little slice of paradise fills up fast with visitors and families, so heading out early is a recommended.
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Big Beach (Makena Beach)
A gorgeous stretch of golden sand more than a half mile long on the south end of the island. Plenty of room to spread out and have your own space. Lots of room for families and larger groups, with enough space to have your own peace and quiet as well. Definitely worth a trip down south if you’re looking for a break of all the activity and crowds of the other beaches.
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A quiet, lesser known beach in South Maui, Maluaka Beach flys under many visitors’ radar. Still, just like other secluded beaches on the island, the reward of tracking down this beach is golden. Offering a nice view of Molokini in the near distance, Maluaka Beach is a nice place to watch for whales in the winter and meet up with sea turtles all year round.
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Kama’ole Beach Park I
The first in the series of the popular beaches in Kihei. Right in the heart of Kihei along the ocean, limited parking keeps this gem from getting too crowded and it is one of the first stops beachgoers staying in Kihei turn to when they want to hit the water.
Koki Beach (Red Sand Beach)
A small little spot along the road to Hana, this wouldn’t really be classified as a swimming beach. Still, adding a red sand beach to your travel log when visiting Maui is something you can’t see back home and with a great view of ‘Alau Islet just off the shore, which can often be seen in Hana postcards, is a nice touch.
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