Monday, January 22, 2007

Maui Hawaii Vacations

Maui's my favorite of the Hawaiian islands and home to some of the most amazing beaches. Some beaches offer swimming all year round, while others are best for surfing or snorkeling during certain times of the year. Depending on where you choose to stay, there are always some famous beaches nearby.

West Maui beaches If you drive along the west coast of Maui from Lahaina to Kapalua, you'll see many breathtaking beaches along the coast. Kaanapali Beach will offer you over three miles of white sand with a variety of watersports, including surfing, sailboating, and even catamaran rides. On the north end of the beach is Black Rock, which is where you can get in some awesome snorkeling.

Most people like the sandy beach at Napili Bay, because there are no high rise buildings around, and the bay is well protected from waves. The Kapalua Resort in west Maui is home to Kapalua Beach, Oneloa Bay Beach, and the D.T. Fleming Beach.

South Maui Beaches The rule with Hawaii and is that the further south you travel, the less crowded the beaches will be. I've seen that with Kauai and it's certainly true with Maui.

Kihei offers you a series of beaches along the six mile coastline, some even offering lifeguards, restrooms, and picnic areas. Polo Beach and Wailea Beach offer both restrooms and equipment rentals. Or, if you prefer a more secluded beach, you should visit Maluaka Beach at the Maui Prince Hotel - where you may even come across some green sea turtles.

A few miles past the Maui Prince Hotel is the Big Beach of Makena, which, in my opinion, is one of the best beaches on Maui. It's not called Big Beach for nothing! It's big, and, and best of all, empty. It offers white sand, picnic facilities, and even restrooms.

East Maui Beaches The beaches of East Maui are unlike others in Hawaii. Surround by lush scenery, the beaches are secluded, scenic, and very colorful.

You can't leave East Maui without visiting Hamoa Beach. As you approach the beach from the main road, you'll walk past colorful plants and palm trees surrounding Hamoa Beach. Just off Hana Highway is Hana Bay Beach, which offers blackvolcanic sand.

The Red Sand Beach is difficult to get to, you'll need to find a narrow path along the coast. The beach offers plenty of swimming and snorkeling, and you should be the only one there - which is great for those looking for privacy. Even though it is hard to get to, Red Sand Beach is truly one of a kind. Although great for swimming, you'll want to bring a book, sit awhile and relax.

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