While not known as the most beautiful or swimmer-friendly beaches on Maui, Maalaea and the nearby stretches of beach provide great areas for walking, sunset viewing, whale watching and lounging. Enjoy our list of the best beaches around Maalaea, and be sure to practice the proper safety precautions when opting to swim in the ocean!

Maalaea Beach

Maalaea Harbor Baby Beach

Located at the eastern area of the harbor, this beach is protected from waves and boat hazards, making it perfect for small children or inexperienced swimmers staying nearby.

  • Calm conditions
  • Small parking area
  • Convenience store nearby
  • Near Coast Guard station
  • No lifeguard on duty

 

Maalaea Beach

Just east of Maalaea Harbor, Maalaea Beach is ideal for sunset walks, shell collecting and relaxed days spent enjoying the sun in an uncrowded area of Maui.

  • Secluded and quiet
  • Lots of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles
  • When conditions are right, great for watching surfers
  • Often windy with choppy waves, especially in afternoon hours
  • No lifeguard on duty
  • Street parking – be sure to keep valuables out of sight

 

Haycraft Beach Park

Connecting Maalaea Beach and Sugar Beach, this County Beach Park is a great place to enjoy an afternoon picnic or take a peaceful walk.

  • Small parking area
  • Shower and restroom facilities
  • Picnic tables
  • No lifeguard on duty
  • Good for relaxed swimming, but beware of sporadic rocks and reef
  • Access point to ‘Freight Trains’ surf break

 

Sugar Beach

Including Maalaea and Haycraft Beach Park, this is longest uninterrupted stretch of beach on Maui. Though swimming isn’t great here, it’s a perfect place to enjoy the views and natural surroundings in paradise.

  • Reef just offshore
  • Watch for Kiawe thorns!
  • Street parking and small lots, depending on which area of the beach you begin from
  • Restroom and picnic facilities
  • Take-off point for outrigger canoes
  • Decent snorkeling opportunities with lots of marine life and turtles
  • No lifeguard on duty

 

Maalaea Activities

Things to do in Maalaea

Maalaea History

A quick look into the past

Maalaea Harbor Map

Slip Numbers, Parking and More!

Quiet Maui Beaches

“Living here, you get to know the beaches.  Some of my favorite spots are near Maalaea.  You can always find a beach to yourself!”

Jason Hacker – Maui

Easy Access

“My kids and I were on our way back from lunch, and we jumped in the ocean right off the road.  It was nice to have a quick dip without much walking.  No one at the beach too!”

Frankie Harper – Illinois

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