With 120 miles of coastline, Maui boasts over 30 miles of beautiful beaches. On these world-famous shores, you'll find white, black and red sand beaches, renowned surfing and windsurfing spots as well as some of the best beaches in the world to simply swim, snorkel and sunbathe. Many are easily accessible beach parks with lifeguards, picnic facilities, and restrooms. Others are undeveloped, "secret spots" found off the beaten path. Discover Maui's world-famous beaches below.
|A truly stunning beach awaits you if you seek out this park. Flemings Beach has been listed on many top-ten beaches of the world lists, and for good reasons. The water is a rich aqua blue color due to its abundant sandy bottom, and the bay has spectacular views of the nearby cliffs and the island of Molokai offshore. This is one of the most remote beaches on Maui`s West Side, yet it is easily reachable as the park is just 5 minutes drive past the resort area of Kapalua, which is your closest supply depot in the area.
HIGHLIGHTS: Gorgeous long wide soft-sanded hidden-away beach with spectacular views of the ocean and Molokai island. Great facilities and lots of parking.
ACTIVITIES: Swimming, running, beach walks, body boarding, and some surfing.
LIFEGUARD: YES 8 am to 4:30 pm daily.
WARNINGS: Sometimes shore-break waves create rip currents here, lifeguards do post warning flags.
AMENITIES: Shower, picnic tables, BBQs, restrooms, and ample parking.
||Lower Honoapiilani Rd. at Honoapiilani Highway Kapalua, HI
|A coral-rich shallow bay fronts this beach of white sand, and its crescent shape gives a feeling of being sheltered from the open ocean. Dunes and plant-covered ground elevation backing the beach adds to the cozy and secluded feeling. In addition, public parking area with ample parking and its superb amenities make Kapalua Beach a gem of the Kapalua region on Maui`s West Side. An added bonus is a 1.7 mile long paved oceanfront pathway that begins here and stretches north along the coastline bridging across three different bays, perfect for a good walk or jog before lounging on this luxurious beach. Fresh spring water seeping into the bay from under the mountains joins with the ocean water to form reef-like sandstone structures. While that provides great snorkeling opportunities, water entry and exit can be challenging in the middle of the beach. Look for easier sand-lined water access at either end of the beach crescent.
HIGHLIGHTS: Snorkeling is good here. Plenty of coral and fishes not too far offshore; visibility improves with distance and depth, towards the right side of the bay. Long paved walking coastal trail starts here and heads north for 1.7 miles. Scenic view of Molokai island.
ACTIVITIES: Swimming, snorkeling, scuba-diving(with a diving company), stand-up paddling and jogging.
WARNINGS!: The bay is filled with reef here; best to enter the ocean on the left-side of beach. Swim mask or goggles are recommended to look out for sharp coral and rocks that span the bay. Be careful, as coral cuts easily.
AMENITIES: Best public beach restrooms and showers on Maui`s West Side. Small equipment rental company at the north end of the beach. Ample parking.
|Mokuleia Bay beach, or Slaughterhouse Beach as it`s more commonly called is a beautiful, crescent shaped beach. You`ll find it located right next to the popular Honolua Bay snorkeling area near the north side of west Maui.
||State Route 30, Mokule'ia Bay, Kapalua, Maui, HI