Kihei Beaches

The Kihei beaches are some of the nicest on the island (at least during the mornings). The sand on this side of the island is golden white and the coastline is made up of miles of beautiful beaches. However, something that you NEED to know if you are planning on visiting the beaches in Kihei is that there are very consistent afternoon tradewinds that come through this area. They normally start between 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM and continue until around 4:00 PM. The winds are strong and they are funneled through the central valley of Maui and hit the Kihei beaches at a perpendicular angle. This side shore direction has a tendency to actually pick up the sand and blast it at the beaches visitors. When the winds are up sunbathing is rather painful but you can normally get away with a nice afternoon beach walk if you want to. Most of the visitors of the Kihei beaches will use the beaches in the morning or the afternoon.

Kihei Beach – Sugar Beach

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Sugar Beach is the longest beach on Maui. Stretching to two and a half miles wide, it goes down to Maalaea. This place is perfect for a leisurely walk or a stimulating jog.. Although swimming can be a bit tricky here, this place is perfect for windsurgers. Windsurfers also take advantage of the strong winds here and can reach speeds up to 30 miles an hour.

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Kihei Beach – Keawakapu Beach

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The Keawakapu Beach is a long stretch of beach composed of golden sand. It has three entry ways. Each of them have showers. This beach is great for swimming long distances. Some avid swimmers take advantage of the sandy bottom at the south and north to swim out at either end and continue for the length of the beach. There are also great snorkeling spots dotting the beach.

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Kihei Beach – Kamaole Beach Park 3

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This is the last of the Kamaole Beach Parks. This one is the most different from the rest. It is smaller and has rock promontories that makes for an interesting walk here. It also has a larger grass area that is perfect for picnics and family outings. This is the exact reason why it is a favorite of locals. This beach has a lot of amenities like a large restroom, showers, BBQ stations and picnic tables.

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Kihei Beach – Kamaole Beach Park 2

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This is the second of the Kamaole Beach Parks. This one is very similar to the first Kamaole Beach Park. This beach has a sand bottom except the tips. The tips are great for snorkeling and the middle part is perfect for swimming. It’s sandy shore makes for a perfect entry way. Parking here is on the side of the road. Most visitors here are staying at the condos across the road. On most days, you can see people paddle boarding across the beach.

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Kihei Beach – Kamaole Beach Park 1

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The Kamaole Beach Park 1 is the first of the 3 Kamaole Beach Parks. This beach is unique since it is actually two beaches in 1. The full beach itself is called Kamaole Beach Park 1 but the far point of the beach and the sand that composes it is also called Charley Young Beach. This beach is perfect for swimming especially in the early mornings when the winds are calm. You can usually see people here in the morning taking a dip. During the afternoons the winds pick up and the waters can get a bit choppy.

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