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Maui Destination Guide

Top Maui Beaches

Top Maui Beaches

With 120 miles of coastline, Maui offers more than 30 miles of spectacular beaches. On these shores you’ll find white, black and red sand. Perfect for surfing and windsurfing, as well as, some of the best swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. Many offer beach parks with lifeguards, picnic facilities and restrooms.


Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach, voted the best beach in America, is 3 miles of white sand with easy walking access from Kaanapali Alii. There is great snorkeling along most of Kaanapali Beach and Black Rock, on the northernmost section of the beach is famous for one of the beach’s most  awe-inspiring attractions – the sunset torch lighting and cliff diving ceremony.


D.T. Fleming Beach Park

This Kapalua beach is great for boogie boarding and offers picnic tables and restrooms.


Napili Bay

This large sandy beach, known for its fine white sand, lies between two rocky points and is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and family outings. Bodyboarders love the shorebreak here, especially during the winter months.


Kapalua Bay

This beach is a sheltered white sand beach on the northwest side of Maui. The bay is protected by two reefs which extend out on both ends forming a C-shaped cove making it ideal for snorkeling.


Launiupoko Beach Park

Just south of Lahaina, this local favorite offers a unique natural pool surrounded by a lava rock wall excellent for small children. Picnic tables and restrooms are available.


Puamana Beach County Park

Has all the facilities you need with picnic tables, BBQ grills and restrooms. A popular Maui surf spot for longboarding, Puamana Beach Park is a great place to swim and snorkel.


Puunoa Beach

Also called Baby Beach – located in the north end of Lahaina Town. Calm and pristine white sand beach ideal for swimming, snorkeling or wading. A very safe, family friendly destination.



This beach is a windsurfer and board surfer's heaven. It is the site of two major world-class competitions, if you’re considering surfing or sailing this beach is recommended for pros only; as there are strong winds, currents and shallow reefs. For watching the surfers, Hookipa lookout, on the edge of the cliffs, is the best place to be.


Hana Bay

This black sand beach, off Hana Highway on the way to Hana Town, was created through years of lava erosion. It’s a snorkelers paradise due to the coral reef which protects the bay from high surf and big swells. Hana Bay is great for family outings and picnics.


Big Beach

Also called Makena Beach is one of Maui’s largest beaches, located south of Wailea. Big Beach is almost 2/3 of a mile long and 100 yards wide and offers spectacular views of the islands of Molokini and Kahoolawe. Picnic facilities and public restrooms are available.


Contact the Kaanapali Alii Guest Services for more information at 808-667-1400.