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West Maui Beaches:
Slaughterhouse / Mokuleia – West Maui
Excellent snorkeling on the right. Long flight of stairs leads to sandy beach. No facilities, no lifeguards. Can swim into Honolua Bay. Limited parking. Best of kids 10 and up. Not good for snorkeling in the winter.
DT Fleming – West Maui
This beach park has shade, BBQs, and restrooms. Great spot to relax and watch great surfing. Has lifeguards and plenty of parking
Kapalua Bay – West Maui
Rated one of the best beaches on the planet. Beautiful bay and sandy beach. Good beginner snorkeling. Water is usually gentle. Restrooms, walking paths, showers, palm trees. Parking is fine early. No lifeguards.
Napili Bay – West Maui
Snorkeling is good here. Turtles frequent the area. Sandy beach is fun for kids. Good surf in winter, restaurant down the beach. Restrooms and showers, but no lifeguards. It’s best to park early.
Airport / Kahekili Beach – West Maui
This is a beach park. Great beach for kids, no lifeguards, lots of turtles, restrooms and easy parking, BBQs, and showers. The reef here goes a long way, so there’s plenty to explore.
Ka’anapali / Black Rock – West Maui
This is one of the most popular Maui beaches. It also boasts the famous Black Rock jumping-off point (Pu’u Keka’a). It’s a long sandy beach with good snorkeling. Expect to park at Whaler’s Village and get validated.
BE SAFE & BE AWARE! There have been several injuries in this area. Especially visitors getting in trouble in the water by Black Rock.
Canoe / Hanakao’o Beach – West Maui
Nice beach for hanging out and swimming. Turtles often seen from shore. Has lifeguards and great facilities – even BBQs and picnic tables! Parking is super easy.
Baby Beach – West Maui
This is one of the best Maui beaches for kids of all ages. No lifeguards, no facilities. Very shallow, with calm water. Good place to wade or learn how to swim. Think of a huge, sparsely populated tide pool. Bring an umbrella – there is zero shade.
Puamana Beach Park – West Maui
Great family hangout beach! Walking paths, restrooms, showers, BBQs, picnic tables, lawn to play on, lots of shade. No lifeguards. Parking is easy.
Launiupoko Beach Park – West Maui
Great kids beach. Ocean wading pool, picnic tables, BBQs. Sand, lawn, restrooms, showers. Good for learning how to SUP or surf.
Olowalu – West Maui
Miles of coral reef in shallow water. Beach isn’t uber-comfortable, but the water’s awesome. No facilities but trash bins, no lifeguards. Parking is easy. Leave before dark for highway safety. Good snorkeling but shark breeding area in the winter so be careful.