Maui beach vacation guide

Jul 7, 2022

Maui has been a top destination for Canadian snowbirds for decades, as well as a popular choice for honeymooners. The “Valley Isle” offers the best of Hawaii without the crowds associated with the Big Island or Oahu.

The charming town of Lahaina was once the capital of Hawaii. You’ll find a variety of restaurants and shops, as well as hotels and resorts. Plan a visit to some historic landmarks: the oldest living banyan tree is located in Lahaina. 

Maui’s main resort areas are Kaanapali, Kapalua and Wailea. Our deal experts are always on the look out for amazing deals in Maui, from 5-star luxury resorts to last minute Maui getaways, so be sure to sign up for an alert so that you can be the first to know when we find a deal. 

Travelzoo tip: Maui is a paradise for gourmet foodies, so be sure to do your research in advance! With grass-fed beef from country pastures and organic gardens, you can experience the best regional cuisine

A visit to Maui would not be complete without embarking on a road trip through the Road to Hana across Maui’s mountainous east cost. The Hana Highway is 68 miles of rainforests, waterfalls and scenic coastlines. Plus one or two hidden beaches tucked away from view.

Travelzoo tip: With more than 606 curves and 59 one-lane bridges, look for a guided trip with an experienced guide so you can enjoy the sights hassle free. We recommend a pit stop at Hamoa Beach set in a beautiful cove.

Plan a tour through Haleakala National Park. This 33,000 acre national park is centred around a dormant volcano. Meaning ‘House of the Sun”, the volcano Haleakala is considered a sacred place.

Travelzoo tip: Take part in a bucket list activity – see the sunrise at Haleakala National Park. You’ll need to make a reservation but tours are also available. Watch the sun peek through the skies and enjoy an unforgettable experience in Hawaii.

Maui beach guide

Maui is home to numerous white, green, red and black sand beaches, plus more accessible shoreline than any of the other Hawaiian islands.

Kaihalulu Beach is commonly known as Red Sand beach, a product of lava cinder cones, and half the challenge is getting to it. Located down a steep and narrow path, be sure to pack sturdy footware as you’ll be walking on a rocky path. But you’ll be well rewarded with Instagram-worthy views on this stretch of beach.

Honokalani Beach, black sand beach is located in Wai’anapanapa State Park, and definitely worth the visit.

Be sure to visit Hookipa Beach, one of the most visited beaches by travellers and locals alike. The waters are regularly visited by Hawaiian Green Sea turtles and is a popular spot for water sports.

Kaanapali Beach is also a popular beach destination with many hotels, restaurants and shops. Located in Lahaina, Maui, adrenaline junkies will enjoy the thrill of jumping off Puu Kekaa, a 16-foot black rock. This fully developed resort community also has championship golf courses for those looking to tee-off for an added fee.

Plan a visit to Makena Beach, also known as Big Beach and one of the most photographed beaches in Hawaii. Crystal-clear waters are fringed by a crescent of white sand. The waters have powerful shore breaks, making it a popular destination for surfers and body boarders.

Travelzoo tip: Just beyond the rocks on the north edge is Little Beach, which offers a clothing-optional experience.

Kapalua Beach is one of the best swimming beaches in Maui, with calm waters and natural tide pools. Located on the southwestern tip of Kapalua, you can catch the small island of Molokai from the shore. The calm, swimmable waters also makes it a popular spot for snorkelers.

Wailea Beach is a popular spot for surfers and snorkelers. Luxury resorts such as the Four Seasons Resort Maui and the Andaz Maui are all located in Wailea. Be sure to set an alert for Maui so that you’ll be one of the first to hear if our deal experts find a great deal in the area.  Spend some time snorkeling in Molokini Crater, a partially submerged volcanic crater off Wailea.

Travelzoo tip: Wailea beach is a great spot for whale watching in the winter months. If you’re visiting between November to April, be sure to be on the lookout.

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