Maui

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Maui has more than 80 white-, yellow-, red-, black-, and pink-sand beaches to satisfy every impulse for ocean recreation, from swimming and snorkeling to windsurfing and kiteboarding. Log on to www.mauibeachguide.com or www.hawaiibeachsafety.org to access locations, webcams, maps, hours, facilities, and surf reports.

Maui Beaches

Big Beach at Makena

The longest undeveloped white-sand beach on Maui bestows scenic views of Molokini and the island of Kahoolawe. It's an excellent humpback whale-watching spot, with plenty of parking, and suitable waves for experienced bodysurfers and bodyboarders. On flat days, the calm water offers excellent visibility for snorkeling.

Hwy. 31 near Kihei, HI,
Tags: beach | surfing | whale watching

Ka'anapali Beach

Ka'anapali is one of Maui's better swimming beaches as well as a popular snorkeling spot frequented by turtles. Marine life is abundant near Black Rock, but snorkelers should be wary of occasional strong currents. Chaise lounges and cabana boys round out the resort experience.

Hwy. 30 at Ka‘anapali, HI,
Tags: beach | snorkeling | swimming

Kama'ole Park Beaches

Though narrow, the adjoining Kama'ole I, II, and III beaches are notable for their calm waters, yellow-bronze sand, easy accessibility, and abundant facilities. Kama'ole I has the largest expanse of sand, while Kama'ole III has a jungle gym for kids and more consistent waves for bodyboarding.

Hwy. 31 near Kihei, HI,
Tags: beach | family | swimming

Kanaha Beach

Not a great beach for swimming due to murky water, but onshore winds make it an ideal playground for kiteboarders and windsurfers. Lots of barbecue pits and picnic tables are inviting to day campers, but parkgoers must watch out for sharp kiawe thorns underfoot.

Hwy. 36 near Kahului, HI,
Tags: beach | water sports

Slaughterhouse Beach

Named for the facility that once sat on the ridge above, this beach bordering Honolua Bay cannot be seen from the highway, but it's a long-time favorite of bodysurfers and nude sunbathers who relish its seclusion. Snorkeling is also an option during calm summer months.

Hwy. 30 near Kapalua, HI,
Tags: beach | surfing

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