West Maui Beaches


West Maui Beaches


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Whether your idea of a day at the beach consists of lounging on golden sand, surrounded by palm trees and turquoise water or going out for a bodyboarding session before enjoying an afternoon beach barbecue, West Maui has a beach for you. Enjoy this list of the most popular West Maui Beaches, and remember to practice the proper safety precautions while in the ocean!

1. Ka'anapali Beach

Kaanapali Beach

Ka'anapali Beach is a 3-mile, picturesque beach in West Maui, famous for great snorkeling, morning walks and cliff jumping from atop the volcanic ocean cliff known as Black Rock. Named America's Best Beach in 2003, this popular hangout is fronted by high end resorts and a great place to spend the day with family and friends.

  • Golden-white sandy beach
  • Calm conditions with possibility of strong currents
  • Excellent snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving
  • Nightly cliff diving ceremony
  • Walking trail off of beach
  • Shopping and restaurants within walking distance
  • Great whale watching and sunset views
  • Abundant coral, tropical fish and sea turtles
  • Public restroom facilities in nearby Whalers Village
  • No lifeguards
  • Parking lots nearby - look for blue Shoreline Access signs for free parking lots


2. Napili Bay

Napili Bay

One of the most beautiful beaches in West Maui, Napili Bay is a popular hangout for visitors and residents and an excellent spot to enjoy a midday nap, picnic, stand-up paddle board session or refreshing swim. Although it's not visible from the street, you'll likely know when you've arrived based on the cars parked up and down the street.

  • Golden-white sandy beach
  • Steep incline into the water, but calm conditions with possibility of gentle waves
  • Excellent snorkeling, swimming and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) on both sides of the bay
  • Great sunset views and possible whale watching
  • Abundant coral and tropical fish
  • Restaurants within walking distance
  • No public restrooms - reserved for those staying in nearby hotels and condos
  • No lifeguards
  • Street parking can be hard to find, so get here early for the best results


3. Baby Beach

Pu'unoa Beach, also known as Lahaina's Baby Beach, is a great option if you plan on going to the beach with small children in West Maui. Often visited by local families, this beach is perfect for those of you who aren't serious swimmers or don't want to worry about waves knocking over your little ones.

  • Dark brown sandy Beach
  • Calm conditions because of exposed reef protection
  • Extremely shallow, so best swimming is for small children
  • Not good for snorkeling or scuba diving
  • Great views of neighbor islands
  • Shopping and restaurants within walking distance
  • Great whale watching and sunset views
  • Public restroom facilities nearby
  • No lifeguards
  • Street parking or lot parking in Lahaina


4. Shark Pit

Shark Pit

If you're looking for a surf spot in West Maui, head to Shark Pit at the south end of Lahaina. Follow the Shoreline Access signs and enjoy a surf session, which may or may not be crowded depending on the day and time. Shark Pit is our pick for the Best Shortboard Spot in Lahaina.

  • Breaks right and left with hollow waves
  • White Tip Reef Shark hangout
  • Abundant reef and marine life
  • Paddle out near the boats to the left across the "Shark Pit" Channel
  • Public restroom facilities nearby
  • No lifeguards
  • Street parking or lot parking in Lahaina
  • Shark Pit Surf Forecast


5. Wahikuli State Park

Located on the side of the highway between Lahaina and Ka'anapali, Wahikuli State Park is a great place to enjoy a beach barbecue with friends and family. A popular hangout for Maui locals, head here for morning snorkeling and swimming before enjoying lunch with a view.

  • Dark sandy beach
  • Generally calm conditions with possible currents and waves
  • Shopping and restaurants close, but not necessarily walking distance - bring your own food and drinks instead
  • Steep drop-offs, not best for small children
  • Good snorkeling and swimming
  • Great whale watching and sunset views
  • Public restroom facilities, barbecue grills, picnic tables, grassy areas
  • No lifeguards
  • Parking available, but fills up in the afternoons


6. Kapalua Bay

Kapalua Bay

Named America's Best Beach in 1991, Kapalua Bay is exactly what comes to mind when you think of tropical Hawaiian paradise. Offering sheltered conditions that are perfect for swimming and snorkeling year-round, Kapalua Bay is the perfect place to enjoy the day outdoors in West Maui, although you should expect others to have the same idea.

  • Golden-white sandy beach
  • Calm conditions with possibility of current and gentle breaking waves
  • Excellent snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving
  • Vibrant marine life, including corals, tropical fish and turtles
  • Great sunset views
  • Public restroom facilities at top of trail
  • Nearby beach shack with snacks and drinks
  • No lifeguards
  • Parking in front of beach path, back rows of Tennis Club or lot at end of Kapalua Place


7. Alii Kahekili Beach Park

Also known as Kahekili Beach, Airport Beach and North Ka'anapali Beach, this beach is located just north of Black Rock. This scenic beach offers lots in the way of facilities, with a covered pavilion and barbecue grills. Head here for a fun swimming or snorkeling session with friends and family.

  • Golden-white sandy beach
  • Calm conditions with possibility of strong currents
  • Excellent snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving
  • Great whale watching and sunset views
  • Restaurants within walking distance, but best to bring your own food and drinks
  • Steep drop-offs, not best for small children
  • Public restroom facilities, barbecue grills, seating area, covered pavilion, grassy areas
  • No lifeguards
  • Parking available, but fills up in the afternoons


8. Launiupoko Beach Park

Launiopoko Beach Park

A great option for longboard surfers, families and those who enjoy outdoor picnics, Launiupoko Beach is our pick for Best Longboard Beach in West Maui. A popular hangout for Maui locals, this beach park is perfect for a quick swim or surf session. Because of a natural pool with surrounding lava rock wall, small children will enjoy swimming in the shallow, warm waters.

  • Dark sandy beach
  • Consistent surf break beyond rock wall
  • Great for relaxed swimming and stand-up paddle boarding
  • Great whale watching and sunset views
  • No restaurants or shopping within walking distance
  • Public restroom facilities, barbecue grills, picnic tables, grassy areas
  • No lifeguards
  • Parking available in lot, but often crowded


9. Oneloa Bay Beach

Also known as Ironwoods, this beautiful West Maui beach is a great option for surfers and those looking to enjoy Maui scenery from the shore. While not a good option for swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, we recommend enjoying a surf session or relaxed, scenic breakfast here at least once.

  • Golden-white sandy beach
  • Take a walk on nearby Kapalua Coastal Trail
  • Often uncrowded
  • Windy in the afternoons
  • Good surfing and bodyboarding during north swells
  • Not good for swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving when rough - if calm, enter on the west end of beach
  • Not good for small children
  • Restaurants and shopping at nearby Ritz Carlton Resort, but best to bring your own food and drinks
  • No public restrooms
  • No lifeguards
  • Parking available in lot, but fills up quickly
  • Ironwoods Surf Forecast


10. D.T. Fleming Beach Park

DT Fleming Beach Park

Named America's Best Beach in 2006, D.T. Fleming Beach is a beautiful beach fronting the The Ritz Carlton in Kapalua. While we can't recommend this beach for small children due to rough conditions and waves, this is a great beach for those of you who enjoy playing in the waves or watching others do so.

  • Golden-white sandy beach
  • Strong rip currents and powerful waves are common
  • Not good for relaxed swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving or small children
  • Windy in the afternoons
  • Good surfing and bodyboarding during north swells
  • Scenic beach with excellent views
  • Restaurants and shopping available in The Ritz Carlton, but best to bring your own food and drinks
  • Public restroom facilities, barbecue grills, picnic tables, grassy areas
  • Lifeguards on duty
  • Parking available in lot
  • Fleming Beach Park Surf Forecast