West Maui Beaches

If you are looking for West Maui Beaches then you are in luck. West Maui is home to some of the best beaches in the world. The beaches here are great for a lot of different things. From surfing, snorkeling, playing in the waves or even just to take a leisurely stroll, there’s a West Maui beach that is ideal for that. Some of the West Maui Beaches have been named the “Best Beach in America” by places like “Condé Nast Magazine” time and time again. The beautiful beaches here are one of the reasons why some of the biggest and best hotels on Maui have set up shop here. If you are looking for snorkeling and swimming, you can head to Kaanapali beach.

 

This beach is the signature beach of West Maui and was named as the Best Beach in America in 2003. Kaanapali Beach is 3 miles of golden white sand. DT Fleming Beach Park is another beach in West Maui that was named the Best Beach in America in 2006. This beach is one of the most popular bodyboarding spots on Maui. The fine golden sand is also perfect for lounging on the beach and there are trees that offer ample shade.

Kapalua Beach – Honokeana Cove

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Honokeana Cove is a small beach located in Kapalua. The beach is covered in pebbles and round rocks. The beach doesn’t get a lot of visitors because of its small size and the rocks that cover it. However, it is a great place to unwind and have a relaxing swim. The waters here are usually calm but it can get rough when the tide is high. Honokeana Cove is a great place to snorkel because it is frequented by Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.

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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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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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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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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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Kapalua Beach – Honolua Bay

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The Honolua Bay is part of a marine preserve located on the north-western tip of the island of Maui. This beach is good for different things depending on the season. During the winter months, this beach turns into the perfect surfing location. With huge waves rolling in, only the best surfers should try it here. It isn’t common for a surfer to get knocked out when they hit the rocks and drown. During the summer months, this is a perfect place for snorkeling and scuba diving although you might need to swim out more.

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