Kihei Beach by Brett Uprichard
BEST MAUI BEACHES FOR SWIMMING
Kihei has some of the best Maui beaches with several beach parks with sufficient paved parking (except for the busiest weekends). The beaches have fairly shallow water, which makes for good swimming and occasionally fun bodysurfing waves whipped up by the trade winds. Even on the windier winter days, these beaches are all still enjoyable for walking barefoot in the sand.
Wailea is swimming heaven for visitors, who can provision themselves with suntan lotion, towels, water and other beach necessities through the resort’s beach concessions. Always swim with a buddy because these areas are not always under the surveillance of guards.
D. T. Fleming Beach is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. It can be a bit rough, with decent bodysurfing waves, so pick a spot that suits your swimming ability. Lifeguards are on duty, so watch for any warning flags in the more turbulent winter months.
Kapalua Beach was once known as Fleming Beach by locals who came here years before the resort sprouted up, causing some confusion for newcomers. This is a gorgeous curve of beach at scenic Kapalua Bay. Beachgoers include guests of the Kapalua Resort, locals residents and visitors from all over who come here to enjoy perhaps the safest swimming beach on the island.
SUN, SAND & SURF – ABOUT MAUI’S BEST BEACHES
Maui’s got it all: sunny beaches, immaculate white sand and lots of surf all over the island. The beaches at Makena, Kaanapali and Napili, to name just a few, are some of the finest in the world. The sunsets from Kihei, Wailea, Lahaina and Kapalua are often spectacular. The surf at Honolua Bay, Maalaea and Hookipa is epic. In fact, a visit to Maui could be an endless tour of beaches, bays and days soaking up the sun.
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