Visitors and residents alike flock to Maui for its incredible natural landscapes and tranquil, low-key atmosphere. Although there’s more activity on the Valley Isle than on the Big Island or Kauai, you won’t find the four-lane highways or clusters of high-rise buildings that you’ll find on Oahu.
This relaxed vibe largely translates to Maui’s beaches. Sure, you’ll find your share of crowded beaches in the island’s tourism hubs. However, you’ll also find plenty of long, gorgeous white sand beaches that get much less foot traffic.
In this article, we’ll take you on a tour of 12 of our favorite beaches on Maui. We’ll show you the best spots for snorkeling, for spending a day with the whole family, for enjoying a quiet day on the shore and much, much more.
Below, you’ll also find a Google Map of all the beaches listed in this article to help you find each beach easily. Maui is bigger than many visitors realize. In fact, it can take an hour or more (depending on traffic!) to get from the Kaanapali in West Maui to Paia on the North Shore. If you’re headed over to Hana, it can be a two- to three-hour trip. Use the map below to find beaches near you and trade your time in the car for time in the sunshine.