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5 Best Maui Beaches

Maui is home to some of the most pristine beaches in the world. Whether you’re looking for an easily accessible beach for swimming and relaxing or an off-the-beaten-path locale for advanced surfing, Maui boasts stunning beaches for everyone. 

Best Maui Beaches at a Glance

Kā’anapali Beach

Kā’anapali Beach, also called Black Rock Beach, features golden white sand, pristine calm water, and a walking trail to explore the area. You can swim with the sea turtles, snorkel, view whales, and more. While the waters here are typically calm, there can be strong currents at times so be mindful of warnings. This is a popular beach with nearby shopping and dining within walking distance. There are no restrooms or a lifeguard on duty.

Napili Bay Beach

Napili Bay Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the western shore of Maui, and it’s a great spot for snorkeling, swimming, and body surfing. It boasts white sand along the ocean bottom, which makes it easy to view tropical fish, sea turtles, and even seals. You’ll find shopping and amenities within walking distance of Napili Bay Beach. There is no lifeguard on-duty or on-site restrooms.

Kapalua Bay Beach

Kapalua Bay Beach is one of Maui’s best-known beaches, boasting golden sand, coconut palms, and fabulous views of Molokai on clear days. There are lava rock outcroppings on either side of the Kapalua Bay Beach, which helps creates calm conditions for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Bring along a picnic to enjoy in the lawn area or stop by a nearby restaurant or shop for snacks. There is no lifeguard on duty, but there are restrooms, showers, and a changing area. 

Pu’unoa Beach

Lāhainā’s Baby Beach, or Pu’unoa Beach, is one of the best family-friendly beaches in Maui. Calm and shallow waters are perfect for small children. Snorkeling is popular here as well, especially for beginners. Located near Lāhainā and Front Street, this beach is easily accessible. Baby Beach is also known for its beautiful sunsets and whale watching. There are no public restrooms and no lifeguards on duty here. 

Windmills Beach

Located north of the Honolua Bay, Windmills Beach is a secluded and off-the-beaten-path spot great for sunbathing, shelling, and avoiding crowds. Experienced surfers will find great conditions here, but if you’re not a surfer you will love to watch the pros ride the waves. This beach is beautiful and easily accessible, but there are no restrooms or a lifeguard on duty.

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