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Maui's beaches are among the most beautiful in the world and there are plenty of them on the island.   No matter what part of the island you find yourself on there is a "world class" beach either directly in front of you or a very short distance away.

Here is a listing of many beautiful Maui beaches…if you can't find happiness on one of them, I suggest you are simply too hard to please!

Oneuli Beach

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South Maui’s only red sand beach, Oneuli Beach is tucked away off of Wailea Alanui Drive. The sand here is not like Hana’s Red Sand Beach in that the sand it finer and mixed with darker minerals. There’s a trail that leads to the top of the cinder cone from which the sand was made …

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La Perouse Bay

La Perouse

La Perouse is not known for its beaches. The long walk to the bay from where you park is made by dodging sharp volcanic rock. The black and red rock looks as though it stretches on forever into the horizon. If you’re adventurous and have enough drinking water, hiking through and past La Perouse can …

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Makena Landing or Five Caves or Five Graves

Makena Landing

An excellent spot for snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving, Makena Landing is located off of Makena Road. The beaches here are not very big, but nestled in incredible spots with great views. This area is well known for it’s underwater sea caves and abundance of reef sharks.

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Paako Beach or Secret Cove

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Secret Cove in Makena is not so secret. They call it a secret because it’s tucked away between homes in Makena. You have to enter through a rock wall where one wouldn’t expect such a beautiful beach. It’s a very small beach and becomes much smaller with the constant weddings that are performed there. If …

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Maluaka Beach

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Next to the Maui Prince Hotel, Maluaka is one of Makena’s gems. This beach is beautiful and has great snorkeling and swimming. Areas around here are often referred to as Turtle Town Maui. With restrooms, picnic areas, restrooms, and showers, Maluaka is the best beach Maui has close to the Prince.

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Little Beach

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Maui has a couple nudist beaches of which Little Beach is the Mecca for nudists. The waves here are perfect for bodysurfing, and sometimes surfing, but depending on what day and the time of day it is, you may be dodging naked people. During a South or Southwest Swell, the surf can be good here. …

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Makena Beach (or Big Beach)

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Located on the Southside of Maui, off of Makena Alanui Road, Big Beach is close to the best beach Maui has to offer. You’ll find close to a mile of perfect orange and white sand, cliffy dramatic landscape, and water that’s brilliant blue and green. There is little reef around here, which makes the sand …

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Wailea Beach

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With a paved path to walk past the Wailea resorts, this is a fun area to visit. Wailea Beach is adjacent to restaurants and shops with restrooms and equipment rentals.

Though it can be crowded with tourists, Wailea Beach is really beautiful.

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Ulua Beach Park

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Next to Mokapu, Ulua is famous for snorkeling and beginner scuba divers. This easy shore diving spot is well recognized by most of the South Maui scuba schools as being the easiest beginner dives in Maui. On the South side of Ulua, the water can stir up and makes for bad snorkeling. Both Mokapu and …

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Mokapu Beach Park (Stophers)

  In front of the Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort, Mokapu is located just North of Ulua Beach. Mokapu is a beautiful small beach with great snorkeling and plenty of room to enjoy the beach during low tide. Separating Ulua and Mokapu is a long narrow reef that breaks off to another second reef outside. This second …

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Polo Beach

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Located in front of the Kea lani Maui Resort, Polo Beach is world famous for it’s beauty. The sand is gorgeous and the area around it is immaculately maintained.

Because of its resort location, Polo Beach can often be crowded.

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Po’olenalena Beach

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This beautiful beach is located across the street from the Wailea Gold Golf Course. This is a large sandy beach that offers beautiful sunset views and often is uncrowded. There is a pathway on the north side of the beach that will lead to a more secluded and smaller beach.

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Kalama Beach Park

  Possessing a large amount of land, but not much sandy beach, Kalama beach Park has great facilities and plenty of room for large gatherings. Kalama has areas for plenty of sports like basketball, baseball, soccer, and tennis. For those who like to play volleyball, Kalama is a dream come true. The volleyball courts are well …

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Chang’s Beach

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Located in Kihei, Chang’s Beach is highly valued by Maui locals. A smaller beach tucked away near Kalama Park, Chang’s Beach has showers and picnic tables but no lifeguards or restrooms. The waves here can be good for surfing if a South Swell hits it right. Summer is best for surfing in this area, although …

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Mai Poina ‘Oe La’u Beach Park

  This long beach park is well known for it’s perfect kiteboarding conditions during Kona winds. Located in North Kihei, the beach is nice, but the swimming isn’t ideal. With picnic tables, showers and restrooms, this is a great place to watch kiteboarding and whales while in season.

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Waipuilani Park

This beach has a large sand and rock beach with an expansive lawn that is perfect for a picnic. Waipuilani Park is a great spot to enjoy an event such as Croquet or to watch a beautiful South Maui sunset.

It has restroom facilities and some shaded areas too.

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Keawakapu Beach

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Keawakapu is the best beach Maui can offer when it comes to vacation photography with your family. Vacationers tend to get great pictures of the rocks and sunset here. It’s a long beach that is in front of private residences. With some parking and a shower at the southern most entrance, this is also a …

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Cove Park

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The cove is extremely popular for longboard surfing. Located off of South Kihei Road, a little south of the halfway mark in Kihei, The Cove has a little beach perfect for learning to surf. From this point Northward, the ocean becomes less clear throughout Kihei. The beaches are still nice, but the water is not …

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Charley Young Beach

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On the North end of Kamaole I Beach, you’ll find a large beach known as Charley Young Beach. With great views and perfect sand, Charley Young Beach is a great spot to spend with family or friends. Charley Young Beach has porto-potties, showers, but no lifeguards. The parking for this beach is limited to what …

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Kama’ole Beaches, 1, 2 and 3

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The three Kam’s are great beaches to enjoy with friends. The first, most Northern Kama’ole Beach, is the largest of the beaches. The second is small but can offer fun waves with the right Southwest swell. The third Kamaole Beach is the favorite for South Maui Locals with a large grass park. This area is …

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Wahikuli State Park

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A great place to snorkel and swim is the Wahikuli State Park of Lahaina. Offering bbq grills, restroom facilities, and picnic tables, Wahikuli State Park is great for getting together with family and friends. Maui locals love to take advantage of this great location and ample facilities.

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Puamana Beach County Park

Another great spot on the way to Lahaina is Puamana Beach. It has all the facilities you may need including picnic tables, bbq grills, and restrooms. This is a popular surf spot for long-boarding.

Puamana Beach Park is a great place to swim and snorkel as well.

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Launiupoko Beach Park

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Launiupoko Beach is fun for longboard surfers and picnics. With two parking areas, this park is easily accessed on the way to Lahaina right off of the road. This is a great park for families with small children because of a natural pool formed and enhanced with a lava rock wall surrounding it. This great …

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Ho’okipa Beach Park

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Along the Hana Highway towards Haiku, Maui’s most consistent surf spot, Hookipa is world famous for it’s afternoon windsurfing perfection. The beach is large with two narrow entrances to the water. Hookipa Beach Park has all the facilities you need. With bathrooms, lifeguards, picnic areas, showers, and plenty of parking, Ho’okipa is a great place …

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H.A. Baldwin Beach Park in Paia

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For a great park with a lot of beach, go to Baldwin Beach Park. This spot has flawless sand and gorgeous water. A great place to swim and play beach games with friends and family. Baldwin even has a baby beach with a lagoon for lounging and playing with smaller children. The currents outside can …

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Kite Beach

Kite Beach Maui

Famous for being the World’s best kite surfing beach, kite beach is home to those who originated the sport. These beaches are behind the airport and a bit tricky to find. Once there, you’ll find gorgeous beaches with many kites being launched into the air. These professionals are great to watch, but be careful where …

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Waihe’e Beach

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With good surfing in the winter, Waihe’e Beach is a small and narrow beach with low capacity. This may be its reason for being uncrowded most of the time.

Waihe’e is perfect for those who want a little privacy on the beach.

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Kanaha Beach Park

  This is a great beach for kiteboarding and windsurfing. Kanaha’s ample afternoon wind conditions make this an excellent spot for these exciting sports. The swimming and beach are nice as well. Holding volleyball areas, lifeguards, showers, picnic tables, and restroom facilities, Kanaha is a local favorite for enjoying time with friends.

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Wai’anapanapa State Park

Waianapanapa State Park

When it comes to Black Sand Beaches, Wai’anapanapa’s Honokalani Beach is the best beach Maui has. You’ll find the entire area is interesting. From the large sea cave down by the water, to the legendary caverns deep below, you’ll find this to be one of your favorite Maui beaches. The waves break on a shelf, …

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Red Sand Beach

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South of Hana Bay, on the far side of Ka’uiki hill, you’ll find one of Maui’s hidden gems. The trail is dangerous and slippery along a cliff, so use caution when traversing the path. Once you get down, you’ll find a red-cliff enclosed beach. The sand is as red as you’ll find and the people …

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Koki Beach

Koki Beach Maui

A desolate beautiful beach near Hana and Hamoa beach is Koki Beach. This incredible red cliff ridged beach is seldom visited. The main reason visitors tend to neglect this beach is because of the abundance of trash and washed up debris. We’re not certain why this beach accumulates so much trash, but it’s unfortunate.

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Hamoa Beach

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Past Hana you can find a flawless beach to the South called Hamoa Beach just off of Haneo’o Road. With views of Alau Island and tropical foliage all around, Hamoa Beach is a favorite of anyone who visits it. Hamoa has been rated as one of the best bodysurfing beaches in Maui. The walk down …

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Hana Beach Park

Hana Beach Park

Hana Bay is the focal point of Hana, Maui, with good surf off the North side of the bay. This whole area is dominated by Hawaiian culture and activities. With no lifeguards, Hana Bay has picnic, and restroom facilities. This is a great place to people watch and enjoy outrigger canoe races while enjoying something …

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Hanamanu Beach

  Hanamanu is about half way to Hana from Paia area. This beach is a little difficult to get to with a regular rental car. If you have a four-wheel-drive, you’ll want to see this beautiful unblemished beach. Located in a nestled bay between towering cliffs of rainforest, Hanamanu is a black sand beach with not …

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