7 Best Secluded Beaches in Maui
Maui has so many incredible beaches ranging from soft sand beaches to breathtaking red and black sand beaches. I am always looking for the most unique secluded beaches so I can relax with a breathtaking view. After checking out many beaches in Maui, here is a list of my favorite, must-see quiet and secluded beaches in Maui, organized by their location on the island. Note that none of these beaches were completely empty.
Best East Maui Beaches
Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach
Kaihalulu Red Sand Beach is a beautiful secluded beach surrounded by red cliffs. The short hike is worth it for the incredible views of the beach and the bright blue water. This is a great spot to relax and enjoy the scenery.
Directions: Park near Hana Youth Center and when you pass the school take a left before the gate. Continue walking down and you will hit a trail where you will take another left. The trail to the beach takes about 15 minutes.
Tips: The sand is made up of small rocks so it is difficult to walk barefoot and the beach requires a short hike. Wear shoes with support so that you do not slip on the walk to the beach. We both wore Teva sandals which provide the perfect support on the short hike to the beach and also prevent your feet from hurting when walking on the sand. I always wear these Teva Sandals for rocky beaches or beach hikes since they are comfortable and dry really fast. I recommend bringing a pair of comfortable walking sandals on the trip with you, especially for the red sand beach and black sand beach. If you are looking for new sandals, take a look at some of the options on Amazon below.
Honokalani Black Sand Beach
Honokalani Black Sand Beach features beautiful black cliffs and bright green plants. This is a perfect beach for exploring and enjoying incredible views. Continue walking past the beach up the cliff to get even more amazing views of the black sand beach, black cliffs, and blue water.
Location: Wai’anapanapa State Park, Road to Hana- Mile Marker 32
Directions: Follow the sign to the state park and park in one of the two parking lots (the one on the left is closer to the beach). Look for the stairs that lead down to the beach.
Amenities: Restrooms, foot washing station
Tips: The sand is made up of small rocks so it is difficult to walk barefoot. Make sure to wear sandals to protect your feet.
Best South Maui Beaches
Chang’s Beach is a secluded beach with soft sand and calm waves, perfect for a nice swim or lying on the sand and catching up on some reading (or napping). The beach is a short walk from the parking lot so it is easy to carry your cooler and other belongings with you.
Location: In Kihei right next to Makena Surf (Condo Complex)
Directions: In google maps search “Chang’s Beach Parking Lot” which will lead you directly to where you should park. To get to the beach from the lot follow the paved trail at the back of the parking lot behind the gate (2 minute walk).
Amenities: Foot washing station
Secret Cove Beach (Makena Cove)
Secret Cove Beach is a breathtaking secluded beach that features soft sand and dark rocks and is surrounded by palm trees. This beach is not so secret anymore, so you will still see some people but it will be quieter than the larger beaches. The waves here are dangerous and there are many large so it is not a good beach for swimming or snorkeling.
Directions: This beach can be found on google maps as “Secret Cove Beach.”
Continue south on Makena Rd past Makena Beach and about 0.2 miles after the third entrance you will see a small path going down to the beach. Park along the street (make sure to check the signs).
Makena Beach is a 1.5 mile stretch of soft sand with views of Molokini Crater and Kaho‘olawe island. This is a great beach to take a nice long walk and watch the sunset.
Directions: Follow signs to the state park and enter through one of the three entrance points. If the parking lots are full you can park along the road. During the day the beach can get very crowded and you will have to park far along the road.
Amenities: Portable toilets
Best West Maui Beaches
Slaughterhouse Beach (Mokule'ia Beach)
Slaughterhouse Beach is a unique secluded beach with large waves. Be careful during the winter as it can be dangerous to swim here. There are about 90 steps to get down to the beach, so don’t bring too much stuff!
Directions: This beach can be found on google maps as “Slaughterhouse Beach.” The parking lot is located beside Honoapiilani Highway. Follow the steps to the beach.
Kapalua Beach is a soft sand beach with calm waves that is great for swimming and snorkeling. You can often see sea turtles here either resting on the beach or while snorkeling. Please don’t get too close to the sea turtles.
Directions: Input “Kapalua Coastal Trail Free Public Parking” into google maps to lead you directly to the parking lot. Follow the Kapalua Coastal Trail for a couple minutes down to the beach.
Amenities: Restrooms and foot washing station
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