Saturday, November 12, 2016

Top 10 South Maui Beaches and More Hidden Gems

Top 10 South Maui Beaches

South Maui is blessed with sunshine and miles of sandy beaches. The southwestern coast is the dry side of Maui and the ideal place for lazy days basking in the sun and romantic evening strolls. With so many beaches to choose from, here are a few highlights of the most popular destinations.

1. Big Beach - http://mauiguidebook.com/beaches/makena-big-beach-oneloa/
Also known as Makena Beach and Oneloa Beach, Big Beach is quite impressive and a must-see spot. This beautiful and undeveloped sandy beach offers huge views and a large shore-break. Don’t miss it!

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2. Little Beach - http://mauiguidebook.com/beaches/makena-little-beach/
If you’re looking for a place on Maui to bare it all, this is it! Considered a nude beach, it gets pretty crowded since the law is not enforced here and many visitors include it on their bucket list.

Wailea Beach is rated as one of the best beaches in the world. With it’s perfect sand and wide, open space, it draws a crowd and has a resort vibe. If you’re looking for beach perfection, this is the place for you.


4. Kama’ole Beach Park - http://mauiguidebook.com/beaches/kamaole-beach-park-aka-kam-kam-ii-kam-iii/
This popular set of beaches attracts locals and visitors alike. It boasts incredible views of Molokini, Kaho’olawe and Lana’i islands. With full facilities, lifeguards, picnic benches, trees and a family atmosphere, it’s perfect for a fun-filled beach day.

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5. Keawakapu Beach - http://mauiguidebook.com/beaches/keawakapu-beach/
This .7 mile sandy beach runs to the end of Kihei and is perfect for any activity. With a fully developed shoreline, you’ll find plenty of beach homes, hotels, condos and restaurants and open beach space
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 6. Polo Beach - http://mauiguidebook.com/beaches/polo-beach/
This beach is formed by a pair of beautiful sandy crescents. Here you’ll find the Polo Beach Club and the Fairmont Kea Lani hotel. The south end is usually less crowded since Kea Lani guests stay in the north end.

7. White Rock - http://mauiguidebook.com/beaches/palaue-beach-white-rock/
White Rock, also known as Palauea Beach, is not widely known so you won’t see many tourists.  If you do venture out here, you’ll mostly find locals and fishermen. If you want peace and quiet, this is the place to be.

8. Mokapu Beach - http://mauiguidebook.com/beaches/mokapu-beach-andaz-wailea/
This quarter-mile long pocket of sandy beach fronting the Andaz Wailea hotel is a great swimming hole and perfect for boogie boarding and snorkeling.



9. Ulua Beach - http://mauiguidebook.com/beaches/ulua-beach/ 
This beach is much more crowded than its counterpart Mokapu Beach. Known as a great snorkeling spot, it also offers good swimming and boogie boarding.

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10. Po’olenalena Beach - http://mauiguidebook.com/beaches/poolenalena-beach/
This long sandy beach is also known as Paipu Beach. Until recently, it was mostly known by locals. Not only has it grown in popularity, it has become a favorite location for wedding ceremonies.

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Here are some additional beaches to check out in South Maui:

 Secret Beach also known as Makena Cove - Is one of my personal favorites and it is not easy to find.  I wonder if that is how it got its nickname Secret Beach.  This is a popular beach to photograph  if you can find it.  It is a slice of heaven.


One’uli Black Sand Beach - http://mauiguidebook.com/beaches/oneuli-black-sand-beach-naupaka/ 
Also known as Naupaka Beach, this black sand beach is made up of ground lava. Covered in a blanket of thick, black sand, it is an excellent spot for snorkeling and diving.

— Cove Park - http://mauiguidebook.com/beaches/cove-park/ 

If you’ve always had the urge to surf and need a beginner’s course, you’ll find surf instructors ready to get you started on this beach. It’s located at the south point of Kalama Park and commonly used for beginner surf lessons.

— Kalepolepo Beach Park - http://mauiguidebook.com/beaches/kalepolepo-beach-park/

Located in North Kihei, this is a small but lovely beach. It’s out of the way and mostly enjoyed by those staying in the area. An important archaeological site, this beach park has historical significance with an ancient Hawaiian fishpond fronting the beach.

With so many options to choose from, your days in Maui should be filled with sunshine and fun-filled water activities. Whether it be snorkeling or learning how to surf, there is an abundance of beaches to explore and enjoy.
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