Maui Guide: Where to Stay

Book your hotel at one of these places on Maui.


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Gold, Black and Red Sand 



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Few sights rival the stark beauty of this beach’s brick-red sand washed by glacier-blue surf. A jagged row of lava “teeth” separates the surging ocean from a calm bay. Getting here can be tricky. The trail is slippery and narrow—only for the sure-footed. Park at the end of Uakea Road. Walk across a grass lawn toward the ocean. Avoid the dangerous, eroded path up the cinder hill. Instead, walk along the shoreline to the rocky point, then climb up to the ridge trail that overlooks the bay. (Less strenuous alternative: Koki Beach further down Hāna Highway offers a more accessible, if somewhat less dramatic, stretch of red sand.)


Wai‘anapanapa State Park


Dig your feet into the jet-black sand, then investigate the freshwater cave, sea arches and king’s trail. Wai‘anapanapa Road, Hāna. 


Mākena State Beach Park

Photo: Rolland Allan Photography 


Golden sand stretches as far as the eye can see: soft, thick and inviting. Spread your towel here and scan the horizon for visiting dolphins, turtles or whales. Beware the shore break: Big swells here smack unsuspecting swimmers onto the sand. Three entrances off of Mākena Road (the first has paved parking, a lifeguard stand and restrooms).


This story is part of The Holoholo Guide to Maui in our November 2015 issue. Check back next week for more. 


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