Maui Beaches

Kahana Beach – Pohaku Beach (S-Turns)

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Pohaku Beach or S Turns is a small beach located just south of Kahana. It got it’s name from the turn in the road that was here before. Now it has been straightened out. This  beach is a favorite of locals who come here for their after work relaxation. This is because the sunset is beautiful when viewed from here. You can also see the island of Molokai across the channel and the island of Lanai in the south. Surfers also come here for a fairly known surf break also known as S Turns.

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Makena Beach – Po’olenalena Beach Park

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Po’olani Beach is a gem of a beach hidden in Wailea. This place is frequented by mostly locals. This is because it is not located in front of or near large hotels. This long and sandy beach has excellent snorkeling spots filled with colorful corals and tropical fishes. Guests can use the free parking found on the North and South entrances of the beach. There are also porta-potties and showers located here. The main snorkel spots here are the rocky points located in the north and south of the beach. This place is also famous for the Hawaiian Sea Turtles that frequently stay here. The beach’s sandy bottom provides swimmers with a nice entryway into the water.

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Wailuku Beach – Waiehu Beach Park

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The Waiehu Beach Park, located in Wailuku, is a favorite of surfers and body boarders. This is because of the waves that crash on the beach are perfect for beginners and those that want to try out the sport. Swimming here is not really that good since it’s not very sandy in most places. The entryway is fairly rocky and the bottom has coarse sand and some portruding rock formations. However, if you are planning on a nice relaxing picnic, then this place is perfect. You can use the BBQ grills and picnic tables that they have here.

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Hana Beach – Waianapanapa Beach

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Wainapanapa Beach is a beach in Hana that is famous for its black sand. The sand from this beach comes from lava rock wearing down over a number of years. Swimming here can be refreshing and the clarity of the water is great from snorkeling. However, only experienced snorkelers should do so since the waves here are pretty large. There are also caves with fresh water in the other part of the park. These offer a fresh water dip.

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Wailea Beach – Ulua Beach

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This beach is located in the Heart of Wailea. Because of this, it is frequented by resort guests and locals alike. This small beach has everything that makes a Maui beach. Fine golden sand, smooth waters and plenty of sun. The sandy beach and bottom of this beach makes it ideal for swimming. There are also great spots here for snorkeling. At the sides of the beach are rock promontories that are excellent snorkeling spots.

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Lahaina Beach – Puamana Beach Park

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The Puamana Beach Park is located in the south of Lahaina, next to the resort community of Puamana. If you are looking to soak up the sun and work on your tan then this place may not be for you. The beach itself is a bit rocky and laying down here is not advised. However, if you are learning to surf then this place is for you. If you are an experienced surfer you might try coming here during the summer months when the south swells roll in.

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Lahaina Beach – Launiupoko Beach Park

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The Launiupoko Beach Park is a favorite of visitors in the west side of Maui. This place is perfect for a picnic since there is a large park with plenty of shade. There are also BBQ stations, picnic tables, restrooms and showers. There is also a small beach for those who want to have some fun in the water. This place is perfect for surfers during the fall months. The breaks aren’t that big but they are perfect for those that are just starting to enjoy surfing. There is also a small wading pool great for small children depending on the tide.

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Kapalua Beach – Makuleia Beach

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This beach is located in the Honolua-Mokule’ia Marine Conservation District. It used to be called Slaughter House Beach because of one such place was located here before. This place is perfect for boogie boarding, surfing and snorkeling are activities you can enjoy here. The points on either end are perfect if you want o checkout some marine life. Just remember that there’s not much amenities here.

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Kaanapali Beach – Hanakao`o Beach Park

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The Hanakao`o Beach Park is a favorite among locals. This is because of a number of things. For one, it is the venue of a couple of Canoe races. During the race, canoe clubs come out and join on the competitions. This is why it is sometimes called Canoe Beach. Another reason is because it is a white sand beach just like the nearby Kaanapali Beach. Access is easy since it is just by the road. There are also a few amenities here.

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Makena Beach – Makena Beach

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This beach is considered by many to be the best one in Maui. The Makena Beach is similar to the Kamaole Beach Park 1 since it is two beaches in 1. Aptly named, Little beach and Big Beach. The bigger of the two, Big Beach, is close to a two thirds of a mile long with clean golden sand. This place is great for swimming and sunbathing. The smaller one, Little Beach, is a nude beach. Being nude on a Maui beach is illegal but the authorities rarely exercise this rule. Although be warned that the people who take of their clothes here are do so at their own risk.

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Honokowai Beach – Honokowai Beach Park

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This beach park in West Maui is a perfect place if you are with little kids. The beach has a shallow pool that is a great place for kids to go swimming in. The park has a playground that kids can play in. It isn’t an unusual sight to see parents letting their kids play here on any given day. Beyond the shallow pool is a great spot for snorkeling. You will be able to see a variety of marine animals.

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Wailea Beach – Wailea Beach

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The Wailea Beach is one of the best beaches in Wailea. It’s no wonder the Grand Wailea Resort and the Wailea Four Seasons Resort built their resorts here. This is a good thing for the beach since they take care of the beach itself and the entryways. This also means that there’s a ton of people here everyday. If you aren’t staying at these hotels, your best best is to come here early.

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Lahaina Beach – Oluwalu Beach

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The Oluwalu Beach has a very tragic history. This was the site of the “Olowalu Massacre”. However, don’t let that get you down. This place is perfect fro surfing. Surfers of all skill levels can enjoy a session here. Snorkeling is also a great thing to do here since this place has a lot of corals and fishes. Turtles are a common site here as well as black tip reef sharks. Caution is advised since the reef is pretty close to the surface here and there are no amenities.

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