Red Sand Beach, Hana
There are no signs directing you to the red sand beach, it is hidden tricky to find and very tricky to get to. The hilly trail along the the side of a cliff is very eroded and narrow. I AM TERRIFIED OF HIEGHTS THIS WAS WAYYYYY OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE. But once you get there it's very nice. a lot of the pics people take are super enhanced so I'm showing them the colors that were really there. The reds of the sand and water color. This area being so isolated is sometimes used as nudist beach .. so you might see more than the red sand. When we got there an old dude covered up his junk ..
bring your snorkel and give it a try there .. there are fish but its not the best snorkeling. I'd recommend good hiking shoes for the walk and beach shoes for the water.
How To Find Red Sand Beach:
To get to this beach can be tricky; use the Google Map below, with the following notes:
1. Park on the side of the road just outside of the Travasa Hotel parking lot. You will walk across the Hana Community Center field looking for a trail on your right hand side. Recently the trail has been well-cleared (by far the most I’ve seen in well over a decade) and is now very easy to find. (The jungle grows quickly, so this could change!)
2. If you end up at the Japanese Cemetery, you need to back-track to one of the paths that go downhill. (I would definitely not take the suggestion of other guidebooks and use that trail right next to the cemetery any longer.)
3. The original ridge trail has been partially erased by a landslide, and a new narrow and more dangerous trail has replaced it. There is another trail that takes you down to the shoreline which is safer, walk along the shoreline and then climb back up to the trail beyond the narrow/slide section.
4. The trail is made of loose cinders and covered with ironwood pine needles. It is slippery, and there are several points where a slip could result in catastrophe. That said, the trail is short, so opportunities to tempt fate are short in duration; fairly experienced hikers may find these risky points somewhat trivial. Inexperienced/unlucky could be severely injured or worse.
Location: Park at the end of Uakea Rd. which runs on the ocean side of Hotel Hana Maui, parallel to Hana Hwy.
GPS Coordinates: 20.752803,-155.981736
A beauty of a beach that's for sure... just google the images for Red Sands Beach, Hana. It's not easy to find, most locals give you the "I'm not sure" when you ask them where it is. The trail is to the right of the community center in Hana through a small makeshift cemetery. When you see the danger signs you know your in the right place. The trail goes around the cliff into the cove.
This is an exceptional beach.
A couple warnings though...
You need to hike a goat trail around a lava cliff to get to it.
It is often occupied by a few nudists.
As always you do need to be cautious of currents.
If you are not fearful of heights and sights, do make the trip. You will be thankful you did.
Excellent swimming and snorkling just inside the reef.
There is also a very interesting graveyard along the trail.