Maui’s exceptional shores have made The Valley Isle a world-renowned beach-goers paradise. The second youngest of the eight inhabited islands, wave erosion and the eruptions from Haleakalā, the world’s largest dormant volcano, has resulted in a multitude of black and white sand beaches all around Maui, and many shorelines are composed of small, smooth ‘ili‘ili stones. No matter where you are on the island, you’re bound to find an awe-inspiring Maui beach. Read on to learn about some of the best beaches on Maui!
Maui Beach Weather
All of the Hawaiian Islands are mountainous, which results in a dry side (leeward) and a wet side (windward). Generally, the sunny sides are on the south and west shores, while there are more frequent rains on the north and east sides. Fortunately, it’s not too long of a drive from wet areas to dry, so even if it’s pouring rain where you are staying you can escape to the other side for an idyllic Maui beach day.
Leeward Beaches on Maui
The leeward side beaches on Maui are the best for great snorkeling, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, and of course, sunset watching. Some of the best beaches on Maui’s south shore include Wailea Beach, the Kama‘ole Beach Parks, Keawakapu Beach, and Makena Beach. On the west side, check out D.T. Fleming Beach Park, Nāpili Beach, and Ka‘ānapali Beach.
Windward Beaches Maui
The trade winds of Maui’s north shore beaches make them a world-class windsurfing destination. It’s there that you you’ll find Ho‘okipa Beach, the home of several international windsurfing competitions. On the east shore, be sure to visit the breathtaking black sand gem of a beach at Waiʻānapanapa State Park.
Play It Safe
When spending the perfect day at a perfect Maui beach, please remember to heed all posted signs regarding ocean swimming and safety.