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One of the most beautiful places not just in Hawaii but the world, the North Shore of Maui is an amazing stretch of coastline!

While the exact borders are not well defined, the North Shore is commonly described as the region extending from Paia to Kapalua, with some areas intersecting with Central Maui, Upcountry, and the Road to Hana.

Maui’s North Shore is way less crowded than the touristy spots on the South and West sides. This part of the island is perfect if you’re up for some adventure, chilling out, or a mix of both.

This area boasts pristine beaches, charming towns, and many outdoor activities, offering something for every type of traveler.

In this North Shore Maui guide, we will explore some of the top attractions and activities that make Maui’s North Shore an extraordinary destination to visit!

North Shore Maui Map

Charming Areas & Towns Along the Northern Coast

With its extraordinary allure, exploring North Shore Maui can get pretty confusing. However, we have explored some beautiful areas that’ll be perfect for your Maui vacation.

Spreckelsville

Spreckelsville, often referred to as “Sprecks” by the locals, is a little-known gem nestled between Kahului and Paia Bay.

This unincorporated community is recognized for its unique combination of residential living and breathtaking beachfront access, providing a more laid-back atmosphere compared to its neighboring towns.

Paia Town

Paia Town, often seen as the gateway to Maui’s North Shore, exudes a bohemian vibe that attracts surfers, artists, and travelers from around the world.

This historic town, established as a sugar milling company town, has evolved into a bustling hub filled with colorful boutiques, art galleries, and some of the island’s most noteworthy dining spots. Paia is famous for its laid-back atmosphere and retains a significant charm that stands in contrast to the more commercialized areas of Maui.

Kuau Neighborhood

Kuau, a small coastal enclave just walking distance from Paia, offers a tranquil retreat from the more crowded tourist spots of Maui’s North Shore. This serene community is known for its stunning shoreline with crystal-clear waters and soft sandy beaches.

Kuau is particularly famous for Kuau Cove, a haven for surfers and stand-up paddleboarders seeking gentle waves and less crowded conditions. The area also boasts the iconic Mama’s Fish House, a restaurant almost synonymous with Kuau, offering fresh seafood dishes with a breathtaking ocean backdrop.

Haiku

Haiku

Further along the Road to Hana and yet relatively untapped by mass tourism, Haiku is an unincorporated community with lush landscapes and a serene atmosphere. The rural setting offers the perfect place to be for nature lovers and those seeking tranquility. Its small-town feel is complemented by delightful cafes and yoga retreats.

Each of these towns and communities contributes to the unique tapestry of Maui’s North Shore, offering visitors a taste of the island’s rich culture, history, and natural beauty. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, these towns will surely provide an unforgettable experience.


North Shore Maui Beaches - Baldwin

Experience a Range of Adventures

The North Shore in Maui is a prime destination for so many adventures!

Discover the Beaches

Discover the Beaches

The North Shore of Maui is home to several beautiful beaches, each with its own unique character and attractions, including Baby Beach, Baldwin Beach Park, and Ho’okipa Beach. Maui’s North Shore beaches offer opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and even surfing.

Baldwin Beach: Baldwin Beach is the first major North Shore site, offering a 1.5-mile stretch of white sand, ample parking, a pavilion, BBQ area, restrooms, and lifeguards. Expect some wind. Simply relax on Baldwin’s golden sands amid lush greenery and stunning waters.

Ho’okipa Beach Park: For adventure, try windsurfing or kiteboarding at Ho’okipa Beach. Depending on the season, it’s ideal for watching surfers, swimming, or sunbathing, and it’s a top spot for Maui sunsets. The far-right side is great for swimming and snorkeling in all the season. And if you are lucky enough, you can also spot the famous Hawaiian green sea turtles.

Baby Beach Park: Baby Beach, situated just before Paia on Maui’s North Shore, is a stunning beach with a protected lagoon. An exposed reef and rocky red dirt point form a tranquil lagoon, making it ideal for young children and parents to enjoy safely.

Water Activities

In addition to the beaches and windsurfing or kiteboarding, visitors can also enjoy a variety of water activities, such as snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, and kayaking.

The clear waters are perfect for exploring the diverse marine life found in the area. If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are also options for scuba diving and surfing lessons.

Hiking and Trails

For those who prefer to stay on land, there are a couple of hiking trails in this region that offer stunning views of the island’s natural beauty. The Twin Falls Hike is one of our favorite trails, taking you through lush forests and leading to beautiful waterfalls.

It’s a 1.8-mile out-and-back trail that is suitable for all skill levels. While it’s open year-round, the trail does close after heavy rains, and you’ll find signs posted at the trailhead if it does.

Land Activities

Other adventurous options available include exhilarating horseback riding through scenic trails, thrilling ziplining that offers a unique perspective of the landscape from above, and even helicopter tours that provide a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the stunning landscape, allowing you to appreciate its beauty from an entirely new angle.

For culture enthusiasts, you won’t want to miss Paia town! Specifically, Paia Mercantile Gallery and Paia Contemporary Gallery feature a variety of local art, paintings, photography, and sculptures by local and international artists.

The town of Haiku is also located about 10 miles inland from the North Shore! It offers a mix of country appeal and natural beauty. It’s home to the Garden of Eden Arboretum and is a chic wedding spot! Love nature and animals?

You can also venture to the Leilani Farm Sanctuary and spend time with rescued farm animals like goats, cows, donkeys, and ducks!

Road to Hana

Another must-do activity on Maui’s North Shore is the famous Road to Hana. This winding road stretches for over 64 miles and takes you through some of the island’s most breathtaking scenery, including lush rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and stunning coastal views.

Pack a picnic lunch and make a day trip out of it, stopping at various lookout points and exploring hidden gems along the way.

Road to Hana

Taste Delicious Food

When you’re ready to unwind from all the excitement, treat yourself to some culinary delights. From fresh seafood to amazing traditional Hawaiian cuisine, you can try many different tastes, best to please every palate. You can try out places like:

Mama’s Fish House: Located on the Hana Highway, this is one of the best restaurants in the area. It offers fresh seafood, Hawaiian-inspired dishes, and ocean views. You’ll find it just before Ho’okipa Beach Park. We had their Tahitian Ceviche or the Mahi Mahi stuffed with lobster and crab, which was absolutely the best!

The Paia Fish Market: You get high-quality food here at moderate prices. But don’t expect any table service here. You’ll be sharing tables with others. Some even take their dinner to the beach and watch the sunset over the West Maui Mountains.

Colleen’s At The Cannery: For budget-friendly dining, check out Colleen’s in Haiku town. Their happy hour is a hit. Reach here early morning for their best breakfast options before a hike. You can enjoy full sit-down meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at excellent prices compared to other island restaurants. While the ambiance may be lacking, the spacious restaurant usually doesn’t have long waits.

Mana Foods: While this isn’t like restaurants or food trucks, this grocery store offers great food. It offers Maui’s take on whole foods with fresh-cooked counter service meals, locally grown produce, and a variety of GMO-free and organic items. It’s a paradise for health-conscious shoppers. Mana Foods is perfect for grabbing a meal to enjoy on the beach or before your next hiking trip.


Places to Stay in Maui

Places to Stay in Maui

If you want luxury and crowd, Maui may not be the ideal spot in Hawaii to stay. However, Haiku is a great place to explore while also offering a less touristy vibe, making it ideal for those seeking a rustic vacation experience. You can find rentals in private residences and B&Bs, perfect for a cozy getaway.

Whether planning a romantic getaway, a family holiday, or a solo retreat, Maui’s wide range of condo rentals cater to every need and preference! Not to mention, staying in a Maui vacation rental offers the perfect balance of comfort, convenience, and Hawaiian charm!

Instead of a traditional hotel room, imagine waking up in a fully furnished space that feels like your own tropical home, complete with a fully equipped kitchen, cozy living areas, and private lanais offering breathtaking views of the lush landscapes.

Start planning your stay now by browsing our selection of premier condos strategically located to enhance your Maui adventure. With us, you’re never too far from the sand, surf, and unique attractions the island has to offer.


FAQs

What is the best time of year to visit the North Shore of Maui?

The North Shore can be visited year-round, but the best time depends on your interests. Winter is great for surfing, while summer offers calmer seas for swimming and snorkeling.

Is it safe to swim at the North Shore beaches?

Swimming conditions vary by beach and season. Some beaches have strong currents and big waves, especially in winter months. Always check local advisories and be cautious.

What types of accommodations are available on the North Shore?

Options range from boutique hotels and vacation rentals to bed and breakfasts and eco-friendly lodges.


Maui and Experience

Stay in Maui and Experience a Different View

Maui’s North Shore is one of the most beautiful spots in Hawaii, if not the world, with its stunning coastline stretching from Paia to Kapalua. Due to its low population, it is perfect for adventure, relaxation, or both.

The area offers pristine beaches, charming towns, and plenty of outdoor activities. From the bohemian vibe of Paia Town to the serene Kuau Neighborhood and the lush landscapes of Haiku, each community adds to the unique charm of the North Shore. Whether you’re into water sports, hiking, or just chilling, Maui’s North Shore has something for everyone.

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