Maui is home to some of the most incredible beaches in the world. There are so many that it's hard to pick just one favorite. That's why we've decided to share our top picks with you. Each beach has its own unique charm, whether it's the seclusion, the wide-open sandy shores, or the breathtaking views. Plus, some of these beaches are perfect for wind sports and surfing. We hope you love these beaches as much as we do, but don't forget to wear sunscreen!
Kahana Beach (the beach next door)
When we're on the Island, we practically live at this beach. You can get there by taking the stairs at the north end of the oceanfront lawn or by strolling two properties north and following the walking beach path. It's a super peaceful spot that not many people know about - a real hidden gem. Plus, you might even spot some turtles making their way onto the sand. Just remember to keep your distance - these little guys are federally protected, and you could get slapped with a hefty fine if you get too close. All in all, it's the perfect spot to kick back, relax, and soak up some sun.
Beaches within 15 Minutes North of the Condo
Napili Bay Beach
Napili Bay Beach is a highly sought-after destination for beach-goers. With its pristine sandy shores and tranquil waters, it's the perfect spot for swimming and sunbathing. However, it's important to note that this beach tends to fill up quickly, so it's best to arrive early to secure a prime spot. Parking can also be a bit of a challenge, so plan accordingly.
One of the best ways to experience Napili Beach is by taking a leisurely stroll along the beach trail. It's a great way to soak up the stunning scenery and get some exercise at the same time. And if you need to freshen up after your beach day, there are public showers and bathrooms available for your convenience.
So, if you're looking for a relaxing day at the beach, Napili Bay Beach is definitely worth checking out. Just remember to arrive early and be prepared for a bit of a crowd. Trust us, it's worth it!
Kapalua Bay Beach
Kapalua Bay is a super popular beach spot! It's got a beautiful sandy beach and the water is super calm, perfect for swimming and soaking up some rays. Just a heads up, it can get pretty crowded early on and parking is limited. But, if you're okay with paying for parking, you can park at the Tennis Club. Unfortunately, there aren't any public restrooms or showers available. Plus, beach access is limited.
DT Fleming Beach Park
DT Fleming Beach Park is a must-visit spot for beach lovers! This sandy paradise is perfect for surfing and bodyboarding, with some awesome waves to catch. If you're into surfing, you'll love the shore break, and when the swell is big, the reef will break too. Plus, the park has all the amenities you need, including bathrooms, showers, and free parking. Lifeguards are also on duty, so you can feel safe while you enjoy the water. If you're into snorkeling, the south side of the beach towards the point is the place to be, especially during the summer months. So grab your gear and head on over to DT Fleming Beach Park for a day of fun in the sun!
Beaches within 15 Minutes South of the Condo
Free Parking Directions
Ka'anapali Beach North of Black Rock
If you're looking for a slice of paradise, head to Kaanapali Beach North of Black Rock. This stunning beach is located in the Kaanapali Resort Bubble, which is home to some major hotel chains. While the south end of Kaanapali can get pretty hectic, the north end is a bit more chill. You'll find plenty of resorts here, but it's not as crowded as other parts of the beach.
The real star of the show, though, is the mile and a half of gorgeous sandy beach. It's seriously one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And the best part? There are plenty of access points and free public parking and restrooms. So you can spend all day soaking up the sun and swimming in the calm waters without a care in the world.
Trust us, we know what we're talking about. We walk this stretch of beach nearly every day when we're on the island. It's just that good. And if you're worried about finding free parking, don't stress. We've got you covered with some handy directions.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your sunscreen and head to Kaanapali Beach North of Black Rock for a day of pure bliss
Free Parking Directions
Ka'anapali Beach South of Black Rock
Ka'anapali Beach South is located in the Ka'anapali Biggest Resort Bubble hosting major hotel chains. This is a very busy and crowded mile and a half of beautiful sandy beach. with plenty of beach access and paid and limited free public parking, and public restrooms. You also have access to restaurants, bars, and shopping. If you're looking for a resort day and all that goes with Maga Resorts, this is the place to go. We've added directions for the free parking.
Olowalu & Ukumehame Beach Park
About 30 minutes from the condo
Olowalu & Ukumehame Beach are located south of Olowalu Bay on highway 30. There are small parks with ironwood trees and sandy beaches. It is an uncrowded reef break for beginner surfers wanting to get away from the crowds of nearby beaches. The ironwood trees meet the ocean making nice shady places to get out of the sun. There is overnight camping there. There are no lifeguards and no public facilities. We like to go longboarding there. Great place to hang your hammock and chill. Try not to park in the sand, you might get stuck.
(**Warning** getting back onto the Highway can be dangerous, the highway is very busy there. Also, there can be problems with the homeless.)
Annie's South Maui Beaches
South Maui Beaches
When most people think of South Maui Beaches, they think of Sugar Beach in Kihei and beaches in and around Wailea. All great beaches. But if you’re looking for more secluded sandy beaches, here are three of our favorites.
Makena State Park
Big Beach & Little Beach
Makena State Park is located approximately three and a half miles south of Wailea. The road gets a little rough near the park entrance. The sand is an awesome golden color that blends into a turquoise emerald-colored sea. There is plenty of room to spread out here. Occasionally it gets a bit crowded. But mostly you'll have the beach to yourself. Lots of wedding photos are taken here. There are two park entrances, bathroom facilities, and paid parking. People who don't want to pay for parking, park on the road. The second parking lot is a lot closer to the beach. Big Beach is the larger beach that most people go to. Little beach is across/over the hill/point to the north. Warning, Little Beach is a known nude beach, so don't be surprised to see naked people there. Not everyone there is beautiful, and there may be some things you might not want to see. lol
Black Sand Beach
Oneuli Beach is only one of a hand full of black sand beaches on Maui that you don't have to drive to Hana to see. It's located not quite 200 yards from Mekena Beach's first entrance. All you see from the road is a dirt road with yellow crossing gates. There will be two brown signs on top of each other with park rules and hours just inside the entrance. The dirt road is not well maintained, so it can be bumpy in places. Just go slow and you won't have any problems. The road is about 500 yards from the small parking lot. At the parking lot, the beach opens up to a beautiful black sand beach. Most black sand beaches are made up of rough sand and pebbles, that can be really hard on your feet, so wear your flip-flops or water shoes. Great place to snorkel. The shore break can be rough here at times, so be careful. On hot days the sand gets really hot. They have a port potty and paid parking, and No lifeguards.
Po‘olenalena Beach Park
Po‘olenalena Beach Park
Po‘olenalena Beach Park
AKA Chang's Beach
Poolenalena Beach Park is located at the southern end of Wailea. The beach is split into two sections. The southern section is located in front of the Makena Surf Condos and sometimes has good conditions for boogie boarding. A path over some lava rocks leads to the northern section which is backed by big expensive homes. Both the northern and southern sections have snorkeling possibilities when the ocean is calm. Paluauea Beach is just to the north, separated by a couple of small rocky bays. We love this place because it is quiet and not a lot of people go here. A great place to sit with your toes in the sand. No Lifeguards, no facilities. Bring a cooler, beach chairs, and an umbrella, and get ready to do nothing.
Annie's North Maui Beaches
North Maui Beaches
The North Shore of Maui is the home of Big Waves and Wind Sports. Here are Annie's top three beaches.
Kanaha Beach Park
Premiere Wind Sport Beach
If you want to be wowed by Wing Foilers, Kite Surfing, and Windsurfing, this is the beach. We go here to Wing Foil. This is are really nice beach park with restrooms, showers, picnic tables, and plenty of parking. Lots of shade and very fine sand (Our car is full of this sand.). It's located on the ocean side of the Airport. So, you'll have to put up with the noise of jets taking off. We spend a lot of time here with friends. Local tip, get here earlier in the morning so you don't have to park on the road.
Sprecklesville Beach Parking
AKA Baby Beach
If you have little ones, this is a great beach for them. The reef forms a protective barrier from the ocean and makes for a great pond of salt water for the kids. Parking can be a pain, so get there early. There are no facilities or Life Guards here. If parking is full, you can drive to Baldwin Beach Park and walk down to Baby Beach,
Baldwin Beach Park
Baldwin Beach Park Parking
Baldwin Beach Park
Baldwin Beach Park is Paia's community beach park. They have a wonderful sandy beach with Lifeguards, a picnic pavilion, picnic tables, and three BBQ Grills. Home of a soccer field, and softball backstop. Sometimes we go into Paia and have lunch and spend the afternoon just enjoying a really wonderful beach day. The view around you is awesome. To the west, you'll see the West Maui Mountains and Haleakala is behind you. What's not to like?