Top ChoiceBeach in Makena

Big Beach

The crowning glory of Makena State Park, this untouched beach is arguably the finest on Maui. In Hawaiian it’s called Oneloa, literally ‘Long Sand.’ And indeed the golden sands stretch for the better part of a...

Top ChoiceBeach in Kihei

Keawakapu Beach

Keawakapu Beach

From break of day to twilight, this sparkling stretch of sand is a showstopper. Extending from south Kihei to Wailea’s Mokapu Beach, Keawakapu is set back from the main road and less visible than Kihei’s main...

Top ChoiceBeach in Wailea

Wailea Beach

Wailea Beach

Sunbathe like a celebrity at this sparkling strand, which fronts the swish Grand Wailea and ever-posh Four Seasons resorts and offers a full menu of water activities. The beach slopes gradually, making it a good...

State Park in Makena

Makena State Park

Makena State Park should be high on every traveler’s itinerary. Its crowning glory, Big Beach, is the scene that people conjure up when they dream of a Hawaiian beach – beautiful and expansive, with virtually no...

Nature Reserve in Beyond Makena

ʻAhihi-Kinaʻu Natural Area Reserve

Although scientists haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact date, Maui’s last lava flow probably spilled down to the sea here between 1480 and 1600 CE, shaping ʻAhihi Bay and Cape Kinaʻu. Today, the jagged lava...

Bay in Makena

Makena Bay

Want to kayak along the coast? Then drop into this pretty bay. There’s no better place on Maui for kayaking – as you might surmise from the collection of kayak-tour vans parked here every morning. When seas are...

Beach in Makena

Maluʻaka Beach

Dubbed ‘Turtle Beach,’ this golden swath of sand behind the closed Makena Beach & Golf Resort is popular with snorkelers and kayakers hoping to glimpse the surprisingly graceful sea turtles, which feed along...

Beach in Wailea

Ulua Beach

Ulua Beach

Snorkelers should head straight for Ulua, to the south of the point. The coral at the rocky outcrop on the right side of the beach offers Wailea’s best easy-access snorkeling.

Beach in Kihei

Kamaʻole Beach Park III

Covered in a blanket of golden sand, Kamaʻole Beach Park III has full facilities and lifeguards, plus a playground and parking lot. Great spot for a beach day. The shaded picnic tables start filling up early on...

Beach in Kihei

Charley Young Beach

On a side street, out of view of busy S Kihei Rd, this neighborhood beach is the least touristed strand in Kihei. It’s a real jewel in the rough: broad and sandy, and backed by swaying coconut palms. You’re apt...

Beach in Kihei

Kamaʻole Beach Park I

A pretty, golden-sand beach with full facilities and lifeguards, plus a volleyball court and a parking lot. Travelers with disabilities can access the ocean at Kam I using accessibility ramps and the sand beach...

Beach in Wailea

Mokapu & Ulua Beaches

With the opening of the Andaz Maui resort, the scene has gotten busier at these two beaches, which are a few steps away from the resort. The lovely Mokapu Beach is behind the Andaz, on the northern side of a...

Beach in Wailea

Mokapu Beach

The lovely Mokapu Beach is behind the Andaz Maui resort, on the northern side of a small point.

Beach in Makena

Little Beach

Those folks with the coolers and umbrellas, walking north from the sandy entrance to Big Beach? They’re heading to Little Beach, which is part of Makena State Park. Also known as Puʻu Olaʻi Beach, this cozy...

Church in Kihei

David Malo’s Church

Philosopher David Malo, who built this church in 1852, was the first Hawaiian ordained to the Christian ministry. He was also co-author of Hawaii’s first constitution and an early spokesperson for Hawaiian...

Historic Site in Kihei

Koʻieʻie Fishpond

In ancient Hawaii, coastal fishponds were built to provide a ready source of fish for royal families. The most intact fishpond remaining on Maui is the 3-acre Koʻieʻie Fishpond. Constructed more than 400 years...

Park in Kihei

Kalama Park

Athletes, skateboarders and toddlers who need to roam will appreciate this expansive seaside park. Sports facilities include tennis and basketball courts, ball fields and a skateboard park. Also on site are a...

Beach in Wailea

Polo Beach

In front of the Fairmont Kea Lani resort, Polo Beach is seldom crowded. When there’s wave action, boogie boarders and bodysurfers usually find good shorebreaks here. When calm, the rocks to the north provide good...

Beach in Wailea

Poʻolenalena Beach

This long and lovely crescent-shaped beach, south of the resorts, is a favorite of local families on weekends. It's rarely crowded though, and the shallow, sandy bottom and calm waters make for excellent...