Best Beaches on Maui

South Side

Ulua Beach or Mokapu Beach Park

ulua beach on Maui with blue sky and cabanas on sand

Adjacent to the new Andaz resort and the Wailea Elua Villages on Ulua Beach Rd., Ulua Beach has plenty of area to play in the waves or snorkel. Whether you need full sun or want to be protected in some shade, this beach will accommodate with ample trees and lots of beach area. Two beaches are available as the drop off area lies in between them. Here, a small point of land extends out toward a small reef. The snorkeling here is great, and like all Kihei beaches, best in the mornings.

Parking, drop-off, showers, and restrooms


Kamaole III is across from Keonekai Rd. and is a favorite for children’s birthdays and beach party’s for the locals. The big grassy area and picnic areas under the shade make for a beach that has everything else to keep a family here for the whole day!

Parking, showers, and restrooms.


keawakapu beach with palm trees and blue sky

Keawekapu is at the very end of S. Kihei Rd. and will give you some reprieve from crowds. People are here, but not as many, and the tidal pools on the south end will keep the kids busy after the snorkeling, body boarding and castle building. There’s a small 20 space car park which keep the crowds down, and the shower is an added bonus.



Launiupoko Beach Park

launiupoko beach palm trees hanging over sand and blue water

Located south of Lahaina, Launiupoko has a large shaded grassy area with a baby pool that is protected by a man made rock barrier. Toddlers can play in the protected waters, and the older ones can rock hop and find black crabs. Mom and Dad can relax in the shade and even BBQ in the grills provided. Plenty of locals to run into. The surf is for beginners and is a good place for kids to learn. Make sure they where something on their feet because of the reef and sea urchins.

Parking, BBQ, showers and restrooms

Baby Beach Lahaina

Baby Beach, off of Kai Pali Pl. on the south side, and the Buddhist Jodo Mission on the north side, is great for little ones as the beach is protected from waves by the large reef that surrounds the area. The beach is pretty quiet and the water towards the south is fun for snorkeling.

Napili Bay

napili beach crescent shaped bay with turquoise water and golden sand

Napili Bay off of Napili Pl. is a beautiful white beach with lots of sun and clear water. This beach can get busy, but the sand and water make up for the extra people.

DT Fleming Beach

flemmings beach blue sky with white puffy clouds and mountainous rocks

Past the turn off to the Ritz Carlton and across from the Plantation golf course, “Flemings” is meant for fun and waves. If your kids want to body board in shore break bigger than most beaches, Flemings is the place. The lifeguards keep a watchful eye, and the children can feel the push of longer wave than the usual fair.

Parking, showers, and restrooms


Kanaha Beach Park

woman kitesurfing in turquoise water at Kanaha Beach Maui

A haven for both windsurfers and locals, this beach park has something for everyone. Large grassy areas for picnicking or camping with BBQ, beach volleyball courts, a fenced off swimming area next to the lifeguard stand, and waves for stand up paddlers, kite boarders, and windsurfers. It’s all next to the airport too. If your in town and need to get the kids wet, Kanaha is a great place to take a break for lunch.

Parking, BBQ, camping, showers, and restrooms

Baldwin Beach Park

Two young blond haired boys with nets on the sand at Baldwin Beach

The south side, known as “Baby Beach”, and end of Kealakai Pl. has a naturally elevated reef that protects the inside swimming area. Plenty of babies and youngsters play in this area on the special days when the trade winds are light or nonexistent. The north side of Baldwin is out of the wind and is a sanctuary for a wide variety of Maui locals who live on the North Shore. It’s protected from the waves too, with a nice swimming area.

Parking, showers, and restrooms on the north side.

Ho’okipa Beach Park

Overlook of crescent shaped beach and rocky outcrop Hookipa Beach      hookipa turtles

Known for larger waves, this beach does have a protective reef near shore which makes for a fun kids zone. The south side can get windy, so the north side is popular, as the waves don’t push far into this area. Babies, children, and teens all hang out in this nice family area made up Maui’s north shore residents.

Parking, BBQ, showers, and restrooms

Hamoa Beach

hamoa beach

Located a couple miles past Hana on Haneoo Rd, Hamoa is a beautiful beach protected from wind with great waves for body boarding or body surfing. A protected area on the north side helps the really young ones get wet. If your planning a trip out to Hana, Hamoa is a great stop to get wet and relax.


See More

Best Pools on Maui