Ka’anapali Beach is famous for snorkeling and cliff jumping from the volcanic ocean cliff known as Black Rock. This popular beach is a 3-mile stretch of golden-white sandy coast. There is a walking trail off of the beach, directly in front of the many resorts along Kaanapali. In addition to snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving, Kaanapali beach offers an incredible location for whale watching and sunset views.
Napili Bay is a popular snorkel spot and known for being frequented by Hawaiian green sea turtles. The waters are generally calm and offer a gorgeous viewing of underwater coral reef formations. During peak season, the beach can get quite busy and with no designated parking lot, we recommend going early.
Often visited by local and visiting families, this is an ideal beach for children. The beach is protected by an exposed stretch of reef which creates a calm shallow area where small children are protected from waves. Near Front Street, a great spot to enjoy the beach then enjoy a bite to eat or a stroll downtown Lahaina Town.
Kapalua Bay is a picturesque Maui beach offering sheltered conditions perfect for swimming and snorkeling year-round. You’re likely to see vibrant sea life including corals, fish and Hawaiian green sea turtles. The bay’s calm water making it ideal for beginner snorkels and it’s a great spot for a beach day with the kids.
Kamaole Beaches (1,2 and 3)
The Kamaole beaches are known for plenty of play areas both on the sand and on the grass. Each beach has a public restroom. Kamaole 3 also has volleyball courts available for public use. There are also plenty of restaurant options across the street from Kamaole 2. Each of these beaches are great for boogie boarding, body surfing and you can find some great snorkel spots if you look for them!
Big Beach (Makena State Park)
Big beach is known for its waves with great body surfing and boogie boarding. There is plenty of sandy beach but we recommend bringing some refreshments as this beach is located in Wailea and it is not close by to very many stores and restaurants. This may not be the safest beach for little ones as the waves can be quite large especially during the winter months.