Chang’s Beach is a small sandy beach located in Makena. It is backdropped by a number of luxury homes and condo units. This beach is also known as Ulupikanui. Ulupikanui is a Hawaiian word meaning large fig tree. This refers to a large fig tree that existed on the cliff but has since been developed. The beach’s current name is from the Chang Family. The Changs owned and farmed the nearby lands here. The beach is one of the least crowded beaches in the area. During the high tides, this beach is swarmed by body boarders. The large shore break is perfect for them. When the water is calm, this place is perfect for snorkeling and scuba divers. Five Graves is a famous snorkeling spot here. For advanced scuba divers, they can try going into the numerous underwater caves. However, extreme caution should be exercised here.
Makena Landing Beach is located in South Maui in the region of Makena. This beach is popular with locals and guests alike. Its relatively calm waters is great for kids and people who are not strong swimmers. The beach is mostly rocky but it does have small sandy parts. This beach may be small but it is frequented by a number of people. This is because of the different types of water activities that are available here. It has one of the most accessible reefs on the island of Maui. The sandy parts of the beach is also a perfect spot to launch kayaks. This makes it popular with organized tour operators
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.
Mai Poina Oe Ia U is a beach located at the 5 mile marker in North Kihei. It is a perfect place for a leisurely walk or a refreshing dip in the mornings. During the afternoons the wind picks up and this place will attract windsurfers. During this time, this place will be jam packed and you can see colorful windsurf sails in the horizon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.