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So you know that there are black sand beaches in Hawaii.

And you’re headed to Maui.

Can you see a black sand beach on Maui?!

The short answer: YES!

 

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Maui is generally known as having one main black sand beach.

 

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There are a couple more that are kind of known.

But as far as black sand beaches go, I might not consider them to be a super black black sand beach. But, if you’ve never seen a black sand beach before, they can be a sight to see!

After that, the black sand beaches on this list are ones that are pretty unknown to tourists. Some aren’t even listed on google maps, and I am not even sure of the names of the beaches, or if they even have names.

So Maui has a few black sand beaches, and then there are a bunch more black rock beaches. To me, there’s a difference! 

Sometimes from far away it looks like it might be a black sand beach, but when you get closer, it seems like it just may be all black rocks, with not so much (if any) sand to be seen.

 

black sand beaches in Maui. black rock beaches. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

But, it’s possible that there’s black sand underneath these rocks and maybe they are seen at certain times! 

You can come across these types of beaches more when driving the smaller coastal roads of Maui.

 

 

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So…

Where to see a black sand beach in Maui

 

 

1. Waianapanapa State Park black sand beach

aka Honokalani Beach at Pailoa Bay (Road to Hana)

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This is the most famous black sand beach on Maui, and it’s the most popular one too. You get to this by driving the popular Road to Hana.

This black sand beach is located at Waianapanapa State Park.

And if this is the only black sand beach you see in Hawaii, you won’t be disappointed! In terms of how black it is and how much you can see the black sand, this is a great black sand beach!

You can see it from above at the black sand beach overlook, and then you can walk down to it and get a closer look at the black sand!

 

The best black sand beach in Maui Hawaii: Waianapanapa State Park black sand beach. Honokalani Beach at Pailoa Bay. Road to Hana black sand beach. Maui Hawaii travel blog

The best black sand beach in Maui Hawaii: Waianapanapa State Park black sand beach. Honokalani Beach at Pailoa Bay. Road to Hana black sand beach. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

Off to the side of the black sand beach, there’s also a little lava tube that opens up to the ocean. 

 

Black sand beach in Maui Hawaii: Waianapanapa State Park black sand beach lava tube. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

There is also the Waianapanapa Coastal Trail (aka Piilani Trail) that goes in both directions from the black sand beach.

This will give you grand ocean views and you’ll see lava rock formations and sea arches along the way.

There’s even another black beach! Or maybe a black rock beach. I didn’t go down to it, but it is possible to do so. There seems to be trail access from directly behind this beach.

 

Black sand beach in Maui Hawaii: Waianapanapa coastal trail hike. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

From the main black sand beach, you’ll take the trail that is off to the left of the beach as you’re facing the ocean. I think this is one of the best hikes on Maui, so it’s worth walking at least a little bit on the Waianapanapa Coastal Trail!

See how much time you want to spend at the black sand beach state park:

 

If you want to spend an overnight on the Road to Hana, then there are overnight stays possible at Waianapanapa state park, including camping and cabins.

 

IMPORTANT!!! Starting in March 2021, you need to make a time slot reservation in order to visit Waianapanapa State Park if you’re not a Hawaii resident. And this costs money. This means that you need a permit of sorts in order to see Maui’s famous black sand beach. See Hawaii State Parks for updates.

See more about a visit to this Maui black sand beach: Waianapanapa State Park black sand beach

 

 

2. Oneuli Beach

aka the black sand beach NOT on the Road to Hana (in South Maui)

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This is the beach that is sometimes mentioned as a black sand beach to visit as an alternative black sand beach if you don’t want to do the Road to Hana drive. 

As far as super black colored black sand beaches in Hawaii go, Oneuli Beach isn’t all that black.

 

Black sand beach in Maui Hawaii: Oneuli beach. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Black sand beach in Maui Hawaii: Oneuli beach. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

But if you’ve never seen anything close to a black sand beach before, then Oneuli Beach might be the most accessible beach to see black sand if you’d rather not go to the Road to Hana, and/or if you’re staying in the South Maui Wailea resort area. It is a fairly easy drive (about an hour) from the West Maui Kaanapali resort area.

This is a quiet beach that doesn’t get as many visitors, and it’s located right near a more famous South Maui beach that’s a part of the more visited section of the Makena State Park.

If you’re making a trip to this beach, see more things to do in South Maui!

See more about a visit to this Maui black sand beach: Oneuli Beach

 

 

3. Honomanu Bay beach

aka the “other” Road to Hana black sand beach

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This is often listed as another black sand beach on the Road to Hana.

This is another quieter beach on Maui that doesn’t get as many visitors, and it’s also not the blackest black sand beach.

But it can be a nice quiet stop to make as you are driving the Hana Highway.

 

Black sand beach in Maui Hawaii: Honomanu Bay beach. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Black sand beach in Maui Hawaii: Honomanu Bay beach. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

See more about a visit to this Maui black sand beach: Honomanu Beach

 

 

4. Alelele Beach

aka the black sand beach on the back road to Hana

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I am not sure the name of this beach, but since it is right in front of Alelele Bridge, and it’s right near the start of the Alelele Falls trail, we will call it Alelele Beach!

This is on what’s considered the back road to Hana. This means that this will also be a quieter beach. It’s located right alongside the road.

Maybe because it’s wet sand it looks really black.

 

Black sand beach in Maui Hawaii: beach near alelele bridge. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Black sand beach in Maui Hawaii: beach near alelele bridge. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

 

See more about a visit to this Maui black sand beach near Alelele Falls: Alelele Beach

 

 

5. Waioka Beach

aka the black sand beach near the Venus Pool/Waioka Pond

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I am also not sure of the name of this beach. It’s near the Venus Pool which is also called the Waioka Pond. 

No matter the name, this is a hidden black sand beach!

As you are walking on the trail to the Venus pool, you’ll see a large field to the left.

Once you get to the point on the trail to go down towards the Venus pool to the right, you can just generally go in the direction to the left across a large field. This will take you to an area that overlooks a black sand beach!

I was not expecting to see this, so it felt like an even more magnificent sight to see!

 

And that’s a bit about black sand beaches in Maui!

 

To summarize?!

The most famous (and possibly the best) black sand beach on Maui is on the Road to Hana. There’s another kind of black sand beach on the main Road to Hana. There’s a hidden black sand beach further along on the Hana Highway. There’s yet another black sand beach on the back road to Hana. In Maui’s resort areas, there’s a kind of black sand beach in South Maui.

So… to see black sand beaches in Maui… Make sure you plan for a day on the Road to Hana! Aside from black colored beaches, there are other beaches on the Road to Hana, including a hidden red sand beach.

 

How about black sand beaches on other Hawaiian islands?

I think my favorite island for black sand beaches is the Big Island. There’s an area that you can drive like 30 minutes and stop and see 3 distinct (and very black) black sand beaches. It’s also a very scenic drive.

 

Maui’s black sand is a result of a volcano’s old lava flows eroding over time. Explore more of the famous Maui volcano:

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Also see how to spend your days for a short trip to Maui!

 

HAPPY SEEING A BLACK SAND BEACH IN MAUI!

 

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