Maui is one of the most famous islands in the Hawaiian chain, and is home to world-class tourist destinations such as Haleakala and Molokini. It is also home to some of the most amazing beaches in the world!

Here are five beaches that you have to check out when taking a trip to Maui.

Ho’okipa Beach

Welcome to turtle city! An exposed reef runs along most of the beach, and massive Hawaiian green sea turtles can usually be found swimming on the other side.

Green Hawaiian Sea Turtles at Ho’okipa Beach

Everyday around 4:00 PM, the sea turtles start to make their way onto the beach for nap time. If you’re looking at the ocean, then the lounging area for the turtles will be on your right hand side.

We recommend bringing some snorkel gear with you and go out into the water. You’ll usually get turtles swimming right past you as they make their way onto the beach.

Careful though! Touching the sea turtles can carry a $10,000 USD fine so make sure to give them lots of space.

Wailea Beach

Wailea beach has perfect sand and inviting waters. This is a great snorkeling spot when the oceans are calm.

You know this spot is world class since the Four Seasons opened a resort right on this beach. The bad part about this is that the beach does get busy so we recommend showing up early!

If you want to walk along the shoreline, you’ll find a well-maintained path that runs between the ocean on one side and massive mansions on the other.

Makena Beach

Welcome to the most photographed beach in Hawaii!

Best Beaches in Maui - Makena Beach

This beautiful white sand beach extends nearly 2/3 of a mile along Maui’s coast. Makena beach is sheltered from harsh winds by lava outcroppings. From the beach you can get a great view of Molokini Crater.

Makena is divided into two beaches known as Big Beach and Little Beach. Big Beach is the more popular of the two so head on over to little beach if you like to be more secluded.

Baldwin Beach

This beach is located near the historic Paia Town on the North side of the island, and is insanely beautiful.

If you’re in Maui with a large family, then this just might be the best beach for you. The beach park has bathrooms, showers, barbecues, and lifeguard stations.

If you’re traveling with little ones who don’t like big waves, then you can go a short distance from Baldwin and hit up Baby Beach.

Baby Beach

This is the perfect beach if the open ocean scares you, or if you have little kids.

The beach is protected by an exposed stretch of reef that blocks the rough ocean waves. The enclosed area is also quite shallow and you can easily walk out 30 ft without having your head underwater.

If you have little ones, you can let them run around without having to worry about big waves knocking them down.

Best Beaches in Maui Infographic
Best Beaches in Maui Infographic