Vacationing in a lush, tropical island paradise for your next vacation no doubt means plenty of beach time. Take a much-needed break to a place full of sand, sun, fun, water, and plenty of rest and relaxation. Then, spend as much time as you please on the beach! When planning your tropical trip, zero in on the Hawaiian island of Maui and its many popular South Maui beaches, as well as some secluded ones where you may be the only one around.
If SCUBA diving or snorkeling is on your bucket list for your Hawaiian vacation, it’s a great place to get your feet wet. The quarter mile of sand boasts great snorkeling, swimming, boogie boarding, and more. Dive instructors choose it due to the good beginner-level dive at the outer reef. There are bathrooms and showers for your convenience.
One’uli Black Sand Beach
Another typical bucket list for Hawaiian vacations is a trip to a black sand beach. The beach on the Wailea side of the Pu’u Ola’i cinder cone is considered excellent for snorkeling and diving due to the coral reef. The black sand covers the beach but disappears and is replaced by hard lava at the water’s edge.
The long, wide beach gives you plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the day. Add panoramic views and a large shore break, and the beach is a must-see. Food vendors often operate food trucks nearby, too. Please note, although there are lifeguard stands, this is not a beach for small children or inexperienced swimmers to take a dip.
Consistently rated one of the world’s best beaches, it gets crowded with resort guests and their beach essentials quickly. Your perch on the perfect, large sandy area offers views of Kaho’olawe, Molokini, and Lana’i. When calm waters prevail, enjoy a variety of water sports. The beach is family-friendly and boasts amenities like a paved walkway, bathrooms, showers, and a generous amount of free public parking.
Kama’ole Beach Park
The 1.5-mile beach is made up of three beaches, Kam I, Kam II, and Kam III. It is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike due to the views of Molokini, Kaho’olawe, and Lana’i. Boundaries for each beach are marked by rocky points at either end, and each is a great place for swimming and other beach and water activities. Facilities include a large grassy park nearby, a playground, a bathroom, and public parking.
The cozy beach is a great place for swimming, sunbathing, boogie boarding, snorkeling, or any other beach activity you can think of. Check out the tidepools at the north end or spend the day snorkeling in the area. Rent stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, beach and snorkel gear, and bikes from the nearby Mana Kai hotel at the north end. Hit the showers before returning to your car.
Ke One o Polo Beach
Two beaches in one! The two beautiful crescents of sand are a popular spot, close to Polo Beach Club and Fairmont Kea Lani. You’ll be sharing the water and sand with hotel guests on the north end, but the south end can be uncrowded. The family-friendly beach is great for snorkeling, boogie boarding, or a casual dip. Facilities include a grassy park with showers, bathrooms, picnic tables, and grills.
This long, sandy beach is typically uncrowded and normally frequented by locals. The beach has very few public access trails, but when you get there, plan on snorkeling, boogie boarding, or just taking a dip.
The quarter-mile-long piece of sand neighbors the Andaz Wailea Hotel. Make sure to bring your own beach chairs, umbrellas, and other gear, as the ones on-site are for hotel guests only. You’ll find prime waters for boogie boarding, swimming, and snorkeling along the south end. Public parking is shared with nearby Ulua Beach, popular for dive instruction, so come early. There are also bathrooms and showers available.
The long, wide, swath of sand is a picture of seclusion on weekdays, but weekends and holidays see a swell of people that will make it hard to find a parking spot. Come later in the day to avoid any crowds and drink in the sunset. Boogie boarding is a popular activity, with waters calm enough for kids and beginners. You’ll have access to a port-a-potty at the north end and a shower at the south entry.
Lazy Beach Days on Maui
While there are many named beaches around Maui, the beach closest to your vacation rental is a great place to start! Choose from a cozy studio for a solo or sweetheart escape full of beach relaxation and fun, or a 2-bedroom for you and even more of your loved ones, Midway Vacations has a cozy vacation rental that’s just right for your tropical island beach retreat. Open the door of your home away from home and feel the stresses and worries of home wash away into the nearby Pacific Ocean and be replaced by the spirit of Aloha. Prepare ingredients for a beach picnic or any other meal of the day in a fully equipped kitchen, relax in an open living space, or retreat to a private bedroom.
Contact us today to start planning your Maui beach adventure!