Paʻiloa Beach

Beach in Waiʻanapanapa State Park

The small beach here is a stunner – hands down the prettiest black-sand beach on Maui. Walk on down, sunbathe, enjoy. But if you jump in, be very cautious. It’s open ocean with a bottom that drops quickly and water conditions that are challenging, even for strong swimmers. Powerful rips are the norm (Pa’iloa means ‘always splashing’) and there have been several drownings here.