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If you’re looking for the best beaches in Hawaii, the island of Maui is often said to be one of the best for beaches!

Although really, if it’s your first trip to Hawaii, you will likely NOT be disappointed no matter which Hawaiian island you choose to visit!

There are worthy beaches on each of the islands.

But, Maui DOES offer a lot of choices when it comes to beaches!

 

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Best Maui beaches. Best Hawaii beaches. Where to stay in Maui: South Maui or West Maui. beachfront hotels. oceanfront hotels. Maui beach resorts, condos, vacation rentals. hawaii travel blog

Best Maui beaches. Best Hawaii beaches. Where to stay in Maui: South Maui or West Maui. beachfront hotels. oceanfront hotels. Maui beach resorts, condos, vacation rentals. hawaii travel blog

Best Maui beaches. Best Hawaii beaches. Where to stay in Maui: West Maui or South Maui. beachfront hotels. oceanfront hotels. Maui beach resorts, condos, vacation rentals. hawaii travel blog

Best Maui beaches. Best Hawaii beaches. Where to stay in Maui: West Maui or South Maui. beachfront hotels. oceanfront hotels. Maui beach resorts, condos, vacation rentals. hawaii travel blog

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And there’s even a Maui beach that has been named one of the best beaches in America!

 

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👆 According to the beach scientist known as Dr. Beach, a Maui beach is one of the best beaches in America!

 

And when it comes to choice of the best beaches, the areas of West Maui and South Maui can both offer you many beaches that you’ll likely be quite happy to visit.

And, it’s the areas of West Maui and South Maui that the vast majority of hotels and resorts on Maui are located.

 

More below about the best Maui beaches in West Maui and South Maui!

 

 

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Best Maui beaches for your first trip to Hawaii

As it goes in Hawaii, (almost) all beaches in Hawaii are public.

So basically all beaches on Maui are public.

And as an FYI, even if a beach is public, that does not necessarily mean that there is a public trail to the beach.

But for the purposes of this list, that doesn’t matter, because all of the beaches on this list have public access.

There are many Maui beaches that have beachfront resorts (oceanfront resorts!), and some of these are on the list below.

Being public beaches, it means that you can go to them even if you’re not staying at a resort that’s right in front of that beach.

This also means that you won’t find any beachfront resorts with a private beach on Maui.

 

 

1. Kaanapali Beach

Best Maui beaches: Kaanapali Beach. maui beachfront resorts and hotels. maui oceanfront condos and vacation rentals. hawaii travel blog

Best Maui beaches: Kaanapali Beach. maui beachfront resorts and hotels. maui oceanfront condos and vacation rentals. hawaii travel blog

 

Kaanapali Beach is one of the most popular (if not THE most popular) beaches in West Maui.

Along here you will find many beachfront hotels and resorts, including:

 

 

2. Napili Bay

Maui beach: Napili Bay. maui beachfront hotels and condos. maui oceanfront condos and vacation rentals. hawaii travel blog

 

This is a beach located at the southern end of Kapalua.

Napili Bay may be a spot to see if you can find turtles swimming in the ocean.

 

 

3. Kapalua Bay

Maui beach: Kapalua Bay near montage kapalua bay resort. maui beachfront hotels and resorts. maui oceanfront resorts. hawaii travel blog

 

Kapalua is a smaller resort area in West Maui, and this is one of the beaches in the area. This is considered to be a good snorkeling spot on Maui.

 

Where to stay if you want to be right in front of Kapalua Bay

 

 

4. Ironwoods Beach

Maui beach: Ironwoods Beach near kapalua oceanfront condos and vacation rentals. hawaii travel blog

 

Ironwood Beach is a quieter beach in Kapalua.

 

Maui beach: Ironwoods Beach near kapalua oceanfront condos and vacation rentals. hawaii travel blog

 

 

See more about this Maui beach: Ironwoods Beach

 

 

5. DT Fleming Beach

Maui beach: DT Fleming Beach near ritz carlton kapalua. maui hotel resort with ocean views. hawaii travel blog

 

This is a pretty popular beach in Kapalua, and it’s known for being good for boogie boarding.

You can buy boogie boards when you get to Maui, for example at the ABC store (convenience store) in Kaanapali or at Walmart.

You can go for an oceanfront lunch or snack at the Burger Shack that’s located pretty much at the beach.

See more about this Maui beach: DT Fleming Beach

 

Where to stay if you want to be right near DT Fleming Beach

 

 

That covers some of the great West Maui beaches. Be sure to see the best of West Maui to see if you’d like to spend more time there.
Now we are moving on to South Maui beaches.

 

 

6. Mokapu Beach

Maui beach: Mokapu Beach near andaz maui at wailea resort. hawaii travel blog

Maui beach: Mokapu Beach near andaz maui at wailea resort. maui beachfront resort. maui oceanfront resort. hawaii travel blog

 

Where to stay if you want to be right in front of Mokapu Beach

 

 

7. Ulua Beach

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This is also a top Maui snorkeling spot.

 

Maui beach: Ulua Beach near wailea elua village. hawaii travel blog

Maui beach: Ulua Beach near wailea elua village. hawaii travel blog

 

Where to stay if you want to be right in front of Ulua Beach

 

 

8. Wailea Beach

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One of the famous beaches in Wailea, called Wailea Beach!

 

Where to stay if you want to be right in front of Wailea Beach

 

 

9. Polo Beach

Maui beach: Polo Beach near fairmont kea lani. near polo beach club. hawaii travel blog

 

Another great beach in South Maui.

 

Where to stay if you want to be right in front of Polo Beach

 

More places to stay if you want to be along the Wailea Beach Path

 

 

10. Maluaka Beach

Maui beach: Maluaka Beach near wailea beach resorts. hawaii travel blog

 

The area of Maluaka Beach is also known as turtle town, and this means that this is among the top snorkeling spots on Maui.

You have a chance at swimming with turtles!

 

Maui beach: Maluaka Beach near wailea beach resorts. hawaii travel blog

Maui beach: Maluaka Beach near wailea beach resorts. hawaii travel blog

Maui beach: Maluaka Beach near wailea beach resorts. hawaii travel blog

 

See more about this Maui beach: Maluaka Beach

 

 

11. Makena Beach aka Big Beach

Maui beach: Makena Beach near wailea beach resorts. hawaii travel blog

 

This is a wide and expansive beach. It’s a popular beach that’s a part of Makena State Park.

It’s the “big” beach compared to the “little” beach.

 

 

12. Makena Cove

Maui beach: Makena Cove near wailea beach resorts. hawaii travel blog

 

Makena Cove is also called “Secret Cove.”

It’s not so much of a secret anymore, but if you didn’t know about it, you may just drive right past it!

So in that sense, you could say it’s a bit of a “secret” path… hidden in plain sight!

This is a smaller beach that’s likely to also be a quieter beach.

 

Maui beach: Makena Cove near wailea beach resorts. hawaii travel blog

Maui beach: Makena Cove near wailea beach resorts. hawaii travel blog

 

See more about this Maui beach: Makena Cove

 

That covers some of the great South Maui beaches. Be sure to see the best of South Maui to see if you’d like to spend more time there.

 

And those are some of the best beaches on Maui!

 

There are also some beaches on the Road to Hana that you may want to explore:

 

More for planning your Maui vacation:

 

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HAPPY MAUI BEACH VACATION!

 

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