With 120 miles of coastline, Maui offers over 30 miles of beaches. Many are easily accessible beach parks with lifeguards, picnic facilities and restrooms. Others are undeveloped, pristine, "secret spots" off the beaten path. All of Maui's beaches feature sparkling crystal-blue waters, tropical tradewinds, and azure skies that go on forever. Most of Maui's beches have white sand but black and red sand beaches are also a part of our island's inventory. Several of Maui's beaches are known worldwide for unrivaled surfing and windsurfing conditions. Others are well suited for the beginning snorkeler and beachcombers. Others, including the gay beaches at Little Beach and Big Beach, are more private and secluded and are perfect for an afternoon getaway.
Beautiful white sand beach located on South Kihei Road in south Maui. These are three beach parks along the road and are mostly frequented by family groups. Great for swimming.
Kanaha is one of the premier windsurfing beaches in the world, second on Maui only to Ho'okipa Beach Park. When the swell is up, it's also popular with surfers. In recent years, kiteboarding has gained popularity as well. The beach actually extends much further than the boundries of the park and is popular with locals who come here to swim, fish, surf, windsurf, kiteboard, and play volleyball. Because of its location far from the tourist centers of Maui, few tourists ever visit this beach but it is quite fun to find it and watch the mass of windsurfers.
Little Beach (Makena Beach) is Maui's only nude/clothing optional beach and a primary gay destination for visitors and locals alike. It is located on the South Shore of Maui, about a 15 minutes drive from the Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort. It is a small, pristine beach that is very gay friendly. It is a great place to meet other gay travelers, socialize and you don't have to worry about tan lines. Every Sunday there is a large gathering of alternative lifestyles celebrating life in paradise. There is a drum circle and as the sun sets, the fire dancers come out! If you are on Maui on a Sunday, we definitely recommend checking this out. The front desk staff will be happy to show you how to get here once you arrive at the Resort.
From Sunseeker, turn left on South Kihei Road from Wailana Place toward Wailea. Just past the Maui Lu Resort, turn left at the sign marked “ To Piilani Highway”. Turn right on the Piilani Highway, route #31, toward Kihei/Makena. Turn right at the end of the highway. At the traffic signal turn left (Wailea Alanui Rd.). One mile past the Makena Resort, look for the yellow emergency telephone #17 (on left). Turn right at the sign for Makena State Park and park in the lot if space is available, or along the parking lot access road. Big Beach is directly ahead as you face the water. To reach Little Beach, walk north (to the right) to the end of Big Beach and climb up the lava-flow trail and down the other side to Little Beach.
Keawakapu Beach is a sparkling jewel set at the far southern end of South Kihei Road in South Maui. At 1/2 mile long, there's plenty of room for everyone and the beach is very popular with tourists and locals alike. Multi-million dollar houses line the shore, but they're unobtrusive and the number of people in them doesn't overwhelm the beach at all. The sand is very fine and super soft, and slopes gently into the water, producing a superior swimming experience. In the mornings you might find a glassy smooth ocean to swim in. Keawakapu is a delightful beach to swim the length of, since it is 1/2 mile long and there's a lava outcropping that extends into the water halfway down the beach to break up the monotony and let you know you've made it that far (of course, you can't really go ashore right there, so you need to keep going or turn around!). It's a great beach to lounge around and not worry about crowds of people. Because it's not obvious how to get here.. many tourist bypass this beach leaving more space to spread out for you!