Tips For Enjoying Maui’s Beaches
Maui’s North Shore
Kanaha Beach Park
Kahana Beach runs from Kahului Harbor all the way to Paʻia. Kahana Beach Park is next to the airport and is a great place to start a good beach walk.
Kahana is a kite boarding area and even though you might have to cut inland a little you’ll rarely lose sight of the beach. It is quite remote until you get to the Spreckelsville area where you’ll find Baby Beach and Baldwin Beach parks. This shoreline has small coves protected by rock outcroppings so wear some shoes or sandals you can take off while on the sand and put on to climb the sharp lava rocks. Depending on where you start and end this can be a ½ day or full. Bring water and a towel in case you decide to go swimming. Be careful though as the North Shore is exposed to open ocean and can have a nasty undertow and hidden rocks and stumps just off the beach.
One of the longest beaches on the west side is in Ka’anapali. This beach has a path that runs in front of some of the swankest resorts on Maui. I enjoy playing in the surf and then having lunch at Leilani’s or Hula Grill because these restaurants are steps away from the beach. Parking can be hard to find, but check behind the Hyatt Ka’anapali. They have public beach access parking stalls. Otherwise just park and pay at Whalers Village.
Another wonderful stroll is along west Maui’s Kapalua Coastal Trail. Many of Kapalua’s resorts have access to this trail system which is well kept and an easy walk. Some rock outcropping between beaches is required but they are easy to traverse. Enjoy a wonderful gourmet dinner at fine restaurants like Merriman’s Kapalua and enjoy a sunset walk along this trail afterward. You will truly feel like you are in paradise!