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So if you’re doing the Road to Hana drive on Maui, then chances are that you will be stopping at Waianapanapa State Park.

That’s because this is the location of Maui’s famous black sand beach.

 

Waianapanapa black sand beach at Pailoa Bay Honokalani Beach. Lava tube. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Waianapanapa black sand beach at Pailoa Bay Honokalani Beach. Lava tube. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

Well, when you’re here, be on the lookout for the small lava tube that’s located right next to the beach! This formation is said to have formed because of lava flows.

 

Where to see lava tube sea cave in Maui Hawaii at Waianapanapa black sand beach at Pailoa Bay Honokalini Beach. Best Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Lava tube sea cave at Waianapanapa black sand beach at Pailoa Bay Honokalani Beach. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Lava tube sea cave at Waianapanapa black sand beach at Pailoa Bay Honokalani Beach. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Lava tube sea cave at Waianapanapa black sand beach at Pailoa Bay Honokalani Beach. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

It can be a quick visit, and it’s super cool, I think!

I actually missed seeing the lava tube on my first visit to Waianapanapa State Park as I didn’t know to look out for it.

But now you’ll know that it’s there… so don’t miss it!

 

 

 

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So…

How to find the Wainapanapa black sand beach lava tube

The lava tube is actually pretty easy to find… if you know about it!

But it’s also very easy to miss if you’re not looking for it!

Consider it a hidden gem on Maui… hidden in plain sight!

You might see a few people coming out of it to know it’s there, but otherwise…

 

Where to find the lava tube at the black sand beach?!

So after you get to the main overlook to see the black sand beach from above…

 

How to get to and where to go for Waianapanapa black sand beach overlook at Pailoa Bay Honokalani Beach and Lava tube. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

How to get to and where to go for Waianapanapa black sand beach overlook at Pailoa Bay Honokalani Beach and Lava tube. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

How to get to and where to go for Waianapanapa black sand beach overlook at Pailoa Bay Honokalani Beach and Lava tube. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

You’ll then take the stairs that will take you directly down to the black sand beach.

 

How to get to Waianapanapa black sand beach lava tube at Pailoa Bay Honokalani Beach. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

How to get to Waianapanapa black sand beach lava tube at Pailoa Bay Honokalani Beach. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

Right after you get down, facing the ocean, look directly to the right of the beach.

And you’ll see a cave looking thing!

 

How to get to Waianapanapa black sand beach lava tube at Pailoa Bay Honokalani Beach. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

And walk into it!

This is a lava tube, and it is one that you can see the opening on both sides.

Within a few steps of walking into the cove, you’ll see the opening at the other end, and you’ll walk 5-10 seconds to get to the other end.

 

Where to see lava tube sea cave in Maui Hawaii at Waianapanapa black sand beach at Pailoa Bay Honokalini Beach. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Where to see lava tube sea cave in Maui Hawaii at Waianapanapa black sand beach at Pailoa Bay Honokalini Beach. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Where to see lava tube sea cave in Maui Hawaii at Waianapanapa black sand beach at Pailoa Bay Honokalini Beach. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

Where to see Lava tube sea cave in Maui Hawaii at Waianapanapa black sand beach at Pailoa Bay Honokalini Beach. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

And then, you can stand there and watch the waves come crashing in!

 

Where to see lava tube sea cave in Maui Hawaii at Waianapanapa black sand beach at Pailoa Bay Honokalini Beach. Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

 

It’s a very short activity so it can be worth making a stop at this Waiananapapa lava tube at Pailoa Bay!

 

 

You can stay overnight at Waianapanapa State Park!

If you want to break up your Road to Hana drive over 2 days (or more!) then you can stay overnight at Waianapanapa State Park!

There’s camping (around $20 per night) and cabins (around $90 per night). Both require permits, and the cabins may be hard to come by (they book up). See more info here.

See more campgrounds on the Road to Hana.

 

See more about planning your trip to Maui:

 

HAPPY SEEING A LAVA TUBE IN MAUI NEXT TO THE WAIANAPANAPA BLACK SAND BEACH!

 

Where to see lava tube sea cave in Maui Hawaii at Waianapanapa black sand beach at Pailoa Bay Honokalini Beach. Best Road to Hana stops. Maui Hawaii travel blog

 

 

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