BEST MAUI SUNSETS – WHERE TO FIND THEM
Makena boasts the most beautiful Maui sunsets. It is the most popular beach on Maui’s southwestern end, with a massive, wide beach called Oneloa (“long sands”) and a second, smaller beach, Puu Olai, that lies beyond a hill in a secluded cove. Swimmers, sunbathers, sunset-watchers and young sandsliders populate Oneloa Beach, while a handful of nudists prefer to hike over the hill between the two beaches to enjoy some privacy. Hawaii law discourages nude bathing, but organizing raids is a bit impractical, so the practice goes on. If you are carrying a camera, you will be discouraged from taking shots in this area, where the sunbathers prefer not to go public with their privates.
Kaanapali is a dream beach, one of the obvious reasons American Factors built an entire resort around it in the 1960s, culminating with the addition of world-class hotels in the 1980s. The beach and water are pristine, ideal for swimming, floating, walking, sunbathing and even snorkeling (at the rocky protrusions of Black Rock and Hanakaoo Point). When you get tired of being on the beach, nearby hotels and shopping areas offer delicious food and refreshment, where you can still enjoy magnificent views of the ocean and neighboring islands.
Kihei is distinguished by a series of public beach parks, where you can pick and choose based on something as incidental as parking availability. Among the beach parks that are popular among visitors and residents alike: Mai Poina Oe Iau Beach Park (aka Kihei Memorial Park), Kalepolepo and Kamaole (with three separate parks along South Kihei Road, designated as Kamaole I, II and III). These beach parks have the standard facilities, including restrooms and showers. Nearby Cove Park and Charley Young Beach are local favorites for beginning surfers and bodysurfers, with limited facilities.
Wailea has a variety of beaches that cater primarily to the guests of the upscale resorts along this coastline. They include Keawakapu Beach, Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach. In Hawaii, public rights-of-way are sacred, so you’ll find clearly marked routes of access to all of Wailea’s beaches. Parking is limited and only some of the parks have toilet facilities
Where ever you choose to go, a Maui sunset is something you’ll never forget!
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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