With over 30 miles of beaches on Maui, choosing which sandy slice of heaven to visit on any given day can be a challenge. From calm, clear waters ideal for snorkeling to more populated stretches of sand lined with restaurants, the good news is that no beach in Maui disappoints.
Wailea is a popular spot for snorkeling thanks to its crystal clear water and soft golden sands. Its proximity to two major hotels means there’s a fair-sized crowd on any given day, making it the ideal spot for those who enjoy staying close to the action. Not only is it a great spot for families because its patrolled, but the kids will also love to watch the whales right from the beach during migration season in April.
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Spanning almost half a mile, this crescent-shaped beach has over 50-ft of sand for you to stretch out on. It’s the only beach north of Kaanapali with a lifeguard staff – so if you’re looking to enjoy the water in the North West area of the island, Fleming Beach is your safest bet. The amenities are vast – from public restrooms with showers to BBQs and tons of parking space. Bring your lunch as there are many shaded picnic spots to try – the perfect retreat after a morning surf.
On the southern edge of Maui lies Makena Beach, widely considered to be the most beautiful beach in Maui. On a clear day the beach offers views of Big Island (sometimes even the top of Mauna Kea). It’s separated into “Big Beach” and “Little Beach”, with Little Beach accessible by climbing over a rock. On Little Beach you’ll find a perfectly preserved stretch of sand, favored by those who like to bronze in their birthday suits (yes, it’s a nude beach). Both beaches boast some of the clearest water in Hawaii, making perfect swimming conditions for everyone. Be warned that there are few amenities here – no public restrooms and few picnic tables, but there is a lifeguard tower at Little Beach.
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Unarguably the hub of all things beach in Maui, Kanaaapali has a lot going for it: from great conditions for snorkeling, to swimming or kicking back with your favorite book, it’s a large, action-packed beach fringed by several resorts. Take your snorkel over to Black Rock, surf at “the point” and enjoy the convenience of the many amenities – bathrooms, parking, and endless food options – right at your fingertips. Many scuba diving and catamaran tours kick off at Kaanapali beach, so you’re likely to pass through it more than once during your stay on Maui.
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