Maui Beaches . . . . .

South Side Beaches

Bordering Makena and Wailea is Poolenalena Beach. This half-mile of gently sloping shoreline is perfect for swimming. The lava rock formations at each end are ideal for snorkeling. Showers are located near the South entrance of the beach.

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West Side Beaches

This is a great little seaside park with a gorgeous view across Lahaina Roads to the islands of Lana'i and Moloka'i, and it's also a popular destination for surfers when the waves are up. Unfortunately, much of the shoreline in this section has been "protected" or "stabilized" with seawalls and revetments ... a strategy that inevitably causes beaches to be washed away. Still, this is a good park for picnics, and for whale watching in the winter season.

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Windward Beaches

Kanaha is one of the premier Wind and Kite surfing beaches in the world. Breath-taking views of the West Maui Mountains and ‘Îao Valley await visitors, a swim, a picnic in the shade of the tall trees flanking the beach, or game of beach volleyball can be enjoyed as well. Street signs along Amala Place point the way: the beach is within walking distance of Kahului Airport and easily-accessible from Hâna Highway (36) with ample parking available.

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Is it safe to swim in the ocean?

Swimming in the ocean is enjoyable but does require some caution. Read more for some tips on staying safe!

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