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Maui’s Beaches

Put on your swimsuit and slather on the sunscreen! With over 30 miles of beautiful beaches along Maui’s coastline, you are definitely going to want to spend some time soaking up the sun and sinking your feet into the sand.

No matter what part of the island you are staying on, finding a great swimmable beach is easy!  You’re hotel may be on one of those beaches, a short walk from one, or just a short drive away.

Kaanapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach fronts one of the most popular resort areas in West Maui.  This 3-mile stretch of beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling.  It does get a little more crowded than some other areas due to its proximity to several big resorts, but you won’t have a problem finding a nice spot to spread out your beach towel and enjoy the day.  One of my favorite things to do when staying in this area is go for an early morning run either along the paved path right next to the beach or on the beach itself.  Hawaiian mornings are cool and beautiful, and it’s nice to enjoy the quiet surroundings while listening to the ocean waves roll along the beach.

TIP: You can find a popular snorkeling spot surrounding Black Rock at the northern end of the beach.  If you happen to be near Black Rock around sunset, you will catch a cliff diving ceremony.

Kamaole Beach Parks

Kamaole Beach Parks I, II, and III along the Southern Coast of Maui offer great opportunities for the whole family.  The swimming conditions here are great for any ocean activity.  Additionally, you will find volleyball courts, picnic tables, and many shaded areas to catch a break from the sun.  I love lying out on the beaches in this area, looking out at the great views of the island of Lanai and watching the snorkelers at Molokini Crater.

Makena Beach State Park

Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach) is one of the island’s largest beaches. Just south of Wailea, the beach is about 100 yards wide and stretches out over 2/3 of a mile.  Big Beach is one of my favorites on the island.  It’s big, beautiful, secluded and never crowded.  It’s perfect if you want to get away from the faster-paced areas of Kaanapali or Kihei.  There is great snorkeling and swimming, as well as picnic areas with restrooms , so you can make a day trip to this lovely beach.

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