This black sand beach is located at the Waianapanapa State Park just past the 32 mile marker of the Hana Highway.
The beach was formed when the hot lava flow went into the ocean causing the molten lava to solidify. The difference in tempurature caused the lava to crack into small pieces making this black sand beach.
To get to the beach you must walk down a small cliff. The beach, imho, is more of site seeing beach, where you snap a pic and maybe cool down your feet. I didn't see anyone on the beach sunning or swimming, but a few families laid out blankets enjoying picnics.
After visiting the black sand beach definitely check out the anchialine pools located in a cave.
Molokini Crater is a marine sanctuary here in Maui. It is a small volcanic cone (caldera) located a few miles off the southern shores of Maui. The crater (caldera) is said to have formed over 150 million years ago and is one of best places to go snorkeling. You can see the caldera sticking out of the ocean from any area along the southern part of Maui.
Because of the quality of the water surrounding the crater there is consistently superior clarity which makes Molokini an amazing snorkeling experience. It is said that visibilty can be as deep as 150 feet and with the abundance of sea life surrounding the caldera, that makes this an impressive place to visit. There are also large families of firds making the crater their home.
Arrange for a snorkel trip with one of the many companies that offer half day tours. My suggestion is to arrange for an early morning tour. No matter when you go to Molokini you're sure to find plenty of other boats enjoying this magnificent location.
I love whales and anytime I can get a chance to see these majestic creatures I am ecstatic. Maui is blessed with their winter migration south and you can usually enjoy them from November - May with February and March being the best times to see these beautiful creatures.
The best places to catch a glimpse of the Humpback whale if you aren't doing a whale watching boat ride is along the South and West shores of Maui like Makena, Wailea, Kihie, Ma'alaea, Olowalu, Lahaina, Ka'anapali and Kapalua. We saw plenty at the Papawai lookout as well as from Wailea Beach while sunbathing.
If you prefer to get an up close look at these creatures take a half day tour on a whale watching vessel.
Ferni and I usually visit Maui in January and have been lucky to see the whales from the resort beach as well as look outs along the coast.
The resorts in Maui can be quite expensive and unless you have more than 4 days visiting this island I wouldn't recommend that you venture away from the resort since spending since you'll want to make the best of what your resort has to offer. But, if you don't mind forgoeing the activities in your resort, have plenty of time to venture out or are staying at a less expensive resort, I would definitely recommend that you get out and spend a whole day exploring some of the island.
Ferni and I have stayed at expensive resorts and like to enjoy what the resorts have to offer, but we usally take one full day to enjoy other parts of the island.
Maui has so many beautiful and natural wonders. Planning a full day of exploring is a good way to enjoy some of these wonders. I've included a small list of things that we have enjoyed and I would recommend (you must have a car), of course there is so much more to Maui than this very small list:
Hana Highway -- Driving along the Hana Highway you will see many waterfalls, state parks, beaches including black and red sand beaches, caves, crystal clear pools and valleys.
Iao Valley State Park -- Explor the park, check out the peeks and swim in crystal clear streams and watch divers jump.
Haleakala State Park - Rise super early to catch the sunrise at the top of this Volcano, do some hiking or enjoy the beauty of the park.
Waianapana State Park - Along the Hana Highway one of the best places to enjoy a black sand beach, some hiking or exploring the crystal clear cave pools.
Lahaina - The beaches, shopping, good food and drinks.
Sunset Cruise - We loved our sunset cruise, it was a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful coastline of Maui.
We love Maui and with some many wonderful things to see and do, we will return to explore more of this island.
With about 450 yards in lenght this beach is one of the most popular along the south shore of Maui. Here you will find some of the most expensive resorts on the island, including the Grand Wailea, Four Seasons, Wailea Beach Resort, Marriott Wailea Beach Resort. It's lined with a nice boardwalk with plenty of activities and restaurants to enjoy some lunch/dinner. Ferni and I have stayed at both the Marriott and Grand Wailea along the Wailea Beach and it's a wonderful beach to enjoy some sun and water activities.
The beach does get crowded during certain times of the year, but there's still plenty of space for you to lay on a blanket or a chair to enjoy the beautiful waters of Maui.
If you're lucky, you may also see turtles on the beach. During one of our visits we saw some humpback whales in the distance.
If you intend to get to the summit before dawn to see the sun rise, take plenty of warm clothes, as it may well be hot at sea level, but it is near to freezing at the summit. Many people take thick blankets from the hotel beds for this trip. The Haleakala (Red Peak) National Park ranges through 5 distinctly different climates zones. The road to the Haleakala summit holds the world record for climbing to the highest elevation in the shortest distance (38 miles). The dormant volcano's vast moonlike crater floor with its towering cindercones is a geological wonder. From the summit almost 2 miles high from sea level, the Big Island of Hawaii can be seen on a clear day.
The preference would be to get to the sumit prior to sunset, as firstly there are fewer people, the view is equally or even more spectacular, and you dont freeze to death
Most wise people brought their hotel bed covering with them as its unbelievable how warm it can be a sea level, yet so very cold at over 10,000 Ft where a ski jacket would not be out of place.
I must confess I have seen better sun rises on a North- South early morning flight in Africa but was glad I didnt miss this as if nothing else the surrounding landscape seems very similar to the pictures I have seen of the moon.
Right in the heart of Old Town Lahaina by the Courthouse is an exceptionally large and old Banyan Tree. The tree itself is over 60 feet tall and has over ten trunks that anchor it to the ground. This massive tree was first planted in 1873This massive tree provides a beautiful shaded area with benches underneath its branches. On weekends art exhibits and craft fairs take places under the shaded branches.
Unfortunately some people do not respect the beauty of nature and sit on the branches, and pick at the bark. I'm hoping that visitors will take in stride the Hawaiian way of "Leaving behind only footprints", when they visit, instead of damage.
Whalers Village is an outdoor shopping mall with a large variety of shops and restaurants right off of Kaanapali Beach. The shops include many brands you already know such as : Coach, Tommy Bahama, Sephore and PacSun. They also have local Hawaiian Brands such as Maui Divers Jewelry, ABC, Tori Richard and Na Hoku. In particular, I liked the open air setting along with the nice fountains throughout the area. The fountains had a nice ocean theme to them with sculptures of whales and fish.
As for restaurants you'll find a nice array: Hula Grill, Leilaini's, Maui Fish & Pasta and a food court as well. My wife and I enjoyed some drinks and dessert at the Hula Grill and Dinner at Leilaini's.
The mall also has the Whalers Village Museum that provides some history of the area.
My wife and I arrived in Lahaina Harbour from a cruise ship. As soon as we hit the Pier we saw the Old Lahian Lighthouse. Lahaina was once a whaling port and the sailors needed help with navigating into the harbor, so the Lighthouse was constructed.
The original structure was wood but was changed to concrete later on in 1905. This lighthouse was the first ever on the Pacific Coast.
As a guest of the Grand Wailea you will no doubt spend some time at the Hibiscus Pool. This 4,850-square-foot pool is named after the large hibiscus flower and is reserved for those 18 and older. The bottom of the pool has a hibiscus inlaid with Mexican glass tiles. The pool is quite stunning with two Jacuzzis, cabanas and plenty of lounge chairs. The best part of this beautiful pool is the adult only atmosphere. We enjoyed a few mornings lounging at this pool, catching a little bit of sun and watching time go by.
My recommendation if you are staying at this hotel is to enjoy this pool in the early hours of the day and then head over to the Wailea Activity Pool.
There are numerous waterfalls to check out on the slow road to Hana. Twin falls by Mile marker 2, more falls at 7 and 10. There was a time some of the gates could open, but growth and rust means you have to be more creative. Plan on taking it easy, island pace on the road to Hana. The road can be narrow in places, where two cars cannot pass. These shots were between Mile Markers 10 and 11. If wet the trails can be slippery, even with hiking boots.
Big Beach is on the South side of the Island and has a most excellent beach for swimming and bogie boarding. The waves do crash right on the sand, making it kind of interesting. There are two entrances, the first being more popular as it is the first one comes to driving South. However the second entrance is nice, plus there are trees right on the beach that provide some shelter from the sun.
South of Makena is the tranquil La Perouse Bay. While the Bay is good to snorkel in, as well as watch the Spinner Dolphin 200 yards or so offshore, getting to the Bay is a pretty a drive as you will ever want to do. After passing Big Beach you drive along a small road that is inches from the water. Then you drive two miles over a bouncy, paved road that is over a patch of rough, volcanic flow laid down approximately 250 years ago. In addition to kayaking, spear-fishing, several folks just swam out do swim with the dolphins.
AT the far Northwest side of the Island, past Kapalua between Mile Markers 38 and 40 is the most awesome Nakalele Blowhole. If the sea is restless, you are assured of many an explosive blast of water through the 2 foot diameter blowhole. The top of the blowhole is already about 20 feet above the water line so you can imagine the power being blasted through. Theoretically you can get your mug right above it for a frothy, facial cleanse... but not recommended. Crabs and little fish abound and even a mongoose. It is a good 30 minute walk from mile marker 38 (a little shorter from marker 40), but the scenery walking from 38 is amazing.
I would recommend Maui. I have visited Maui several times over the past 20+ years. On the Road to Hana you will see beautiful waterfalls and can do hiking. Trip to the top of Haleakala is worth the drive. I have never saw more beautiful sunrise. You can bike down the volcano if you wish. If you stay close to Napili Bay seeing turtles is a daily pleasure. Feast at Lele on 505 Front Street is one of a kind luau. I can give you more info if you are interested or google it. Maui has several restaurants to check out, maybe hard to narrow it down to just few :-)
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