Located on the Southside of Maui, off of Makena Alanui Road, Big Beach claims our vote for the best beach Maui has to offer. You'll find approximately a mile of perfect orange and white sand, cliffy dramatic landscape, and water that is brilliant blue and green. There is little reef around here, which makes the sand bottom shine up through the water to give it a tropical brightness. There are three entrances to Big Beach......the first entrance has the largest parking area and is the closest point to Little Beach, which is just around the corner from Big Beach. The second entrance has a smaller paved lot. The third entrance has dirt parking only.
Maui has a couple nude beaches with Little Beach being the most popular. The waves here are perfect for bodysurfing and sometimes surfing. It offers a left hand reef break off the South side of the beach. At sunset on Sundays, everyone celebrates by swimming and cheering as a large drum circle beats away with imaginative fire-twirling. Bring a flashlight to get back over the cliff at night.
This beautiful beach, in front of the Kohea Kai Resort Resort is worth mentioning because it's often completely empty. It's also a great spot to take a long walk since the beach connects with other beaches all the way to Maalaea. You can walk for miles without seeing people and enjoy incredible views. This is also the perfect shore location to view whale watching during whale season.
On the north end of Kamaole Beach Park 1, you'll find an area known as Charley Young Beach. With great views and perfect sand, Charley Young Beach is a great spot to spend with family and friends. There are port-a-potties and showers, but no lifeguards. The parking for this beach is limited to what you can find on the side of South Kihei Road. This is a swimming beach that offers visitors the best beach the town of Kihei has to offer.
Possessing a large amount of land, but not much sandy beach, Kalama Beach Park has great facilities and plenty of room for large gatherings. For those who like to play volleyball, Kalama is a dream come true. The volleyball courts are well lit well into the night. There's also a small skate park.
Keawakapu is the best beach available when it comes to Maui portrait photography with your family. Vacationers tend to get great pictures of the rocks and sunset here. It's a long beach that is in front of private residences. With some parking and a shower at the southern most entrance, this is also a local favorite. Five Palms Restaurant below the Mana Kai has the best view of the beach.
Maluaka is one of Makena's gems. This beach is beautiful and has great snorkeling and swimming. Areas around here are often referred to as Turtle Town Maui. With picnic areas, restrooms, and showers, Maluaka is one of the best beaches in southwestern Maui. It also has the only beach-entry cruise in south Maui aboard the Kai Kanani. This is the closest departure point if you're wanting to visit the famous Molokini Crater.
Located 1/3 of a mile from Maui Breeze Retreat, Wailea Beach is the closest beach to our property. With a paved path that strolls past some of Wailea's magnificent resorts, this is a fun area to visit. Nestled between Four Seasons Resorts and Grand Wailea Resort, there are adjacent restaurants and shopping nearby. Though it can be crowded with tourists, Wailea Beach is beautiful with lots of activity. There are local companies offering rentals such as beach chair and umbrella setup, snorkeling gear, sea kayaks and stand up paddle boards.
Kapalua has many of the best beaches in Maui. D.T. Flemings Beach Park is located on the upper west of Maui and north of Kapalua. It is a public beach park with lifeguards, facilities, picnic tables, barbeque grills, and great water. People swim, body surf, and surf here regularly. Flemings has a good-sized parking lot and plenty of beach. Like most beaches in Maui, Flemings can get windy in the afternoons.
Next to the Napili Kai Resort, Napili Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in Maui. It has a steep incline into the water with unblemished white sand. The water is beautiful and bright blue. A monk seal has made this beach his home. If you see him, leave him alone and stay at least 15 feet away. Snorkeling is good on both sides of the bay. Parking is difficult unless you're staying in the resorts in the area. Facilities are also reserved for residents and guests of the resorts.
Honomanu is about half way to Hana from the town of Paia. This beach is a little difficult to get to with a car. If you have a four-wheel-drive, you'll want to see this beautiful unblemished beach. Located in a nestled bay between towering cliffs of rainforest, Honomanu is a black sand beach with not many people around. Surfing here can be very good with the right swell. The left side of the bay has one of the heaviest most dangerous waves in the islands when it breaks. Quite possibly one of the sharkiest spots on the island, please note that Honomanu is not an ideal place to swim because of the shallow, rocky bottom.
Halekiʻi-Pihana Heiau is the hilltop ruins of two of Maui’s most important heiau (ancient stone temples). The site was the royal court of Kahekili, Maui’s last ruling chief, and the birthplace of Keopuolani, wife of Kamehameha the Great. After his victory at the battle of ʻIao in 1790, Kamehameha marched to this site to worship his war god Ku, offering the last human sacrifice on Maui.
A paved 0.6 mile walk provides a scenic viewpoint of Kuka‘emoku (a.k.a. the ʻIao Needle), an erosional feature which abruptly rises 1200 feet from the valley floor. Learn about the plants brought by the Hawaiians who settled in ʻIao Valley by taking a short walk through a botanical garden.
This valley is rich in cultural and spiritual values and is the site of the battle of Kepaniwai where the forces of Kamehameha I conquered the Maui army in 1790.
Forested rest stop with exotic plants. Picnicking and scenic viewpoint of northeast Maui coastline. No drinking water.
Camping and lodging (one cabin) within the fog belt of the Kula Forest Reserve at 6200 foot elevation. Extensive trail system in the forest reserve, including through a forest reminiscent of the conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest coast.
Sweeping views of Central and West Maui, Kahoʻolawe, Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi in clear weather.
Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park is a state park on the island of Maui, Hawaiʻi. It is located along the Hana Highway approximately 39 mi east of Kahului. The area consists of 5 acres of rainforest with waterfalls and pools. The park is at an elevation of 1,200 ft and roughly 0.5 mi away from Waiohue Bay.
Remote, wild, volcanic coastline offering solitude and respite from urban life. Lodging, camping, picnicking, shore fishing and hardy family hiking along an ancient Hawaiian coastal trail which leads to Hana. Excellent opportunity to view a seabird colony and anchialine pools. Other features include native hala forest, legendary cave, heiau (religious temple), natural stone arch, sea stacks, blow holes and small black sand beach. (122.1 acres)
Wailua Valley State Wayside Park is located 31 miles east of Kahului, Maui. The lookout provides views into Ke'anae Valley. From the park you can view waterfalls, the Ko'olau Gap, Wailua Peninsula and the rim of Haleakala Crater.