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Best Beaches on Maui

Maui windsurfers
Hookipa Beach Park

Located on the north shore of Maui off of the Road to Hana, Hookipa Beach is widely known as the best windsurfing site in the world. A perfect combination of reef systems and large winter swells conspire to create the perfect storm of wind and waves. There are no lifeguards, so it's important to be extra cautious at this beach.

Kapalua beach
Kapalua Beach

This crescent beach offers a clear view of Molokai across a narrow channel, and its lava rock outcroppings create a gentle lapping of waves against the shoreline. These calm waters make Kapalua one of the very best beaches for swimming. Snorkelers will enjoy exploring the right side of the beach, filled with exotic fish and strangely beautiful orange sea urchins. The beach is also a favorite destination for the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals.

Maui Big Beach Little Beach
Big Beach & Little Beach

These twin beaches in Makena State Park, south of Wailea, are especially popular for sunbathing and bodyboarding. Big Beach offers an expansive and mostly protected 1.5 miles of sand, perfect for leisurely days in the sun. Separated by a 30-foot bluff from Big Beach, Little Beach is a stunning stretch of sand with a beautiful tourmaline blue shoreline. Although nudity is officially illegal on Hawaiian beaches, the relative seclusion of this semi-hidden beach and the persistence of the locals forced officials to look the other way.

Hamoa Beach Maui
Hamoa Beach

Hamoa Beach's beautiful surroundings are walled in by sea cliffs and lush tropical vegetation. The beach sand is a mix of salt-and-pepper, and the waves are not large enough for experienced surfers to trifle with, leaving the water free for use by divers, body surfers, snorkelers, and swimmers. Visible from the beach is Alau Island, with large vertical sea cliffs and rock faces resembling miniature mountains.