1. Kamaole Beach Park 1
When the water is glistening and the sun is shining, grab a snorkel and some flippers and bask in the aquarium like abundance of tropical fish and crystal waters. Out on the shore, walk the white sandy beach at sunrise or sunset to take in the beautiful view of pinks, oranges, and reds reflecting off the water. This beach is perfect for kids who want to play in the soft, smooth sand or for the families who enjoy boogie boarding along the shoreline. Find good food and great shops only minutes from the beach including an ABC store stocked with the best beach snacks. Set up next to the barbecues on the grassy area or dive into a game of volleyball with the net set up on the grass. We like to call this beach the crown pleaser because of everything it has to offer!
Sip on a mai tai and bask out at the white sands of Keawakapu from the 5 Palms restaurant or on the lawn of the Mana Kai. This beach is adorned with soft sand that keeps going into the ocean. There is a reef that allows for snorkeling with sea life or walk along the rocks to discover something new. This beach is a local favorite because of its clear waters and all the fur babies you see walking along the beach. Rinse off at the shower located right on the boardwalk so you can go straight from the beach to dinner!
3. Sugar Beach
Picture perfect for families and people who dream of reading a book under a palm tree on their vacation. With trees along the shoreline, yet still plenty of sand, you could lounge here all day long. To the left and right of this beach is miles and miles of shoreline that puts any walking course to shame. So pick out your favorite book and grab your sunscreen because this beach is beyond postcard worthy.
4. Cove Park
A crowd favorite for learning the basics of surfing, watching the kids SUP on their own, or grabbing a seat on the rocks to sip your morning coffee. Cove Park is infamous for being waterman friendly with it’s shallow waters (so shallow you can walk out and still only be in waist deep water) and it’s smaller waves that make learning how to do any water sport a breeze! Right across the street are the cutest Kihei markets and shops, perfect for grabbing lunch or breakfast and bringing it over to the beach. Whether you're an adventure fiend or can’t pass up an opportunity to watch the surfers out on the water, Cove Park is the ideal way to spend a day on Maui.
5. Kalepolepo Beach Park
Photo Credit: Dante Parducci
This beach is a new parent’s dream. Originally serving as a whale museum and fish pond, there is an entire section of the beach that is protected by a rock wall that creates a calm and shallow wading area, perfect for kids. The temperature is usually a tad warmer making it even more peaceful. Right on the outside of the rock wall is an open beach that is perfect for easy boogie boarding. Play in the sand with your kids, use the beach shower for a quick rinse off, and occasionally spot a green sea turtle lounging about!