West Shore Beaches
Honolua Bay down to Ukumehame Beach
The West Side Beaches are more varied than the South Side Beaches, having numerous coves and bays which lend themselves to being better overall snorkel sites. Honolua Bay has a rocky shore, but the best snorkel site on this side of the island. And Olowalu Beach at mile marker 14 is good snorkeling if you want to just step out of your car and into the water.
Kapalua Beach and D. T. Flemming Beach Park have been rated America’s Best Beaches, but do attract crowds. Kapalua Bay is your beach if you want a sandy beach with few crowds, and Mokuleia Bay for seclusion. Kahekili Beach Park is a good all-around family beach with all facilities.
WARNING Be careful of the ocean if you don’t know what you’re doing. When in doubt, don’t!
Honolua Bay is the best snorkeling site on this side of the island. There is no sandy beach; it is all smooth rocks. There are no signs indicating its location, just look for all the parked cars and follow the trail. There are no facilities. This site is within the Honolua-Mokuleia Conservation District, and the sea life is protected.
Mokuleia Bay is the most secluded popular beach on the island. You have to walk down a lengthy flight of stairs to get to the beach. There are no facilities. This site is within the Honolua-Mokuleia Conservation District, and the sea life is protected. Snorkeling around the rocks.
D. T. Flemming Beach Park, or Flemmings as the locals call it, has been rated “America’s Best Beach.” It has all facilities, lifeguards and good parking. It’s a great beach, but can get windy if the tradewinds are blowing hard.
Oneloa Bay, commonly referred to as Kapalua Bay, is a great white-sand beach if you want to get away from the crowds. There are no crowds because there is very limited parking. You have to walk down steps and stairs to get to the beach. There is only a shower.
Kapalua Beach has been rated “America’s Best Beach,” and has all facilities. It gets crowded, and you’ll see all the cars parked along the street because the parking lot is limited. A great beach and setting.
Napili Bay is a great beach used mostly by the guests staying at the numerous condominiums facing the bay. Parking is out on the street that can get crowded. There are no public facilities.
Ukumehame Beach is an isolated beach along the Honoapi’ilani Highway that is used by surfers when there is a southerly swell. Only porta potties.
Kahekili Beach Park is the best all-around family beach on this side of the island. Has all facilities and good parking. This used to be called Airport Beach when there was an airport here before it was moved up on the slopes.
Ka’anapali Beach is one long beach fronting all the hotels and condominiums here at Ka’anapali. It has all the facilities, restaurants and shops that you could ask for. Has a boardwalk that runs the length of this resort area.
Hanakao’o Beach Park, or Canoe Beach, is popular when there are canoe regattas. Has all facilities and lifeguards. Peaceful beach with good parking.
Puamana Park is popular for recreational water sport users, like surfers and standup boards. Has showers and porta potties.
Launiupoko Park is a popular spot for locals, particularly on the weekends. Has all facilities. Sandy beach on the left side. The rock enclosure was built by early Hawaiians to shield children from the sharks that are common in this area.
Olowalu Beach at mile marker 14 is not the best snorkel site by far, but it is the most convenient of all. It’s right by the road. There are no facilities. Be careful you don’t get your car tires in the soft sand or you may not be able to get out. Visitors are always getting stuck in the sand.
Photos of Maui Beaches & Drives
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