If you can’t find a beach on Maui that suits your needs, you’re just not looking hard enough.
There are public beaches, and there are beaches that are romantic and more private. There majority of the beaches feature soft, white sand, but there are a few that feature black and even red sand for your enjoyment. There are those beaches with calm waters and great for swimming or snorkeling, and there are beaches for the sports enthusiasts who like to surf and windsurf to their hearts’ content.
All-in-all, the island is ringed with these wonderful beach varieties, for a total of almost 30 miles of sand and surf.
To pick the best beach would be a disservice to the others, but to point out a few will help you decide the best beach for you.
Snorkelers may want to consider Kaanapali Beach on the Western side of the island. Here you’ll find the calm, warm waters and Black Rock on the Northernmost tip of the beach – which serves as a haven for coral fish and turtles. It offers the unique opportunity to put on your flippers and mask and just walk right into the ocean. Along Kaanapali you’ll find plenty of hotel options and also some shops, restaurants and nearby activities.
Families who are looking for beaches with lots of facilities, calmer waters and lifeguards to watch over them may want to consider D.T. Fleming Beach Park. This beaches is located on the western part of the island near Kapalua, along route 30 just north of Kaanapali.
If windsurfing is your game, then the name of the two world-class beaches for you are Kanaha Beach Park and Ho'okipa Beach Park. Away from the main tourist areas, it’s mostly the locals and the wave enthusiasts that make the trek. When the waves are right, the surfers take advantage. When the wind blows their way, the kite surfers and windsurfers dominate the horizon. Even if you don’t participate actively, you’ll enjoy your role as spectator, as the beaches are still full of sun, sand and seclusion.
Along the famous Road to Hana, you’ll find the spectacular red and black beaches, if you can survive the winding roads.
Of course, this is only a smattering of the beautiful beaches that Maui has to offer, so before you come, do your research to find your perfect beach. You’re nearly guaranteed to locate it.