A Beach Tour of South Shore Maui
As you drive out to the Lava Fields of Maui you will take the most scenic and beautiful beach tour of South Shore Maui. With the sunniest and driest area of Maui, South Shore is home to many extraordinary beaches, including one of the island’s best, Makena Beach, also known as “Big Beach” by the locals. Blessed with miles of sandy beaches, crystal blue water, and spectacular views of the islands of Molokini, Kahoolawe, and Lanani the drive is half the fun.
Take a Drive Along the South Shore of Maui
Drive past Kihei and then the Wailea area. Continue driving south on Makena Road, past the big resorts until you reach the Big Beach (Makena) parking area on your right. This is one of the largest beaches on Maui, with golden sand stretching almost 2/3 of a mile long. It provides a secluded alternative to the more crowded beaches of West Shore with protection from the trade winds. A great place to swim or snorkel in pristine waters or catch some sun rays on the golden sand, Big Beach will make for a sun-filled morning.
When you get back on the road to continue on your beach tour of South Shore Maui, make sure to take your time to enjoy amazing panorama views over turquoise waters of some of the smaller islands of Maui county. You’ll also want to take your time to be able to stop at the street vendors along the way. They are great to grab a bite to eat, get something cool to drink, or sip from a coconut.
The drive is definitely worth the effort with all the pull-over areas to take pictures. While pulled over, you might as well park the car for a bit to enjoy some of the little beaches along the way. This is exactly how we found our favorite little beach on Maui.
Our favorite Little Beach on Maui
Still no idea if this little beach has a name or not, we go back to this beach every time we are on Maui. Depending on the tide, there’s tide pools with fish caught in them and a sandy beach. Other times there are just large rocks perfect for sitting on and dipping your feet in the waves.
Snorkeling at Ahihi-Kinau Natural Reserve
Further down the road, just a little before the Ahihi-Kinau Natural Reserve, you will see an area with cars pulled over on the side of the road and usually people snorkeling. If it’s not too busy, take the time to snorkel here. There’s an abundance of different sea life to be seen and you’ll be happy that you did. Regardless of which beaches you decide to stop at along the way, how you spend your time, and which places you snorkel, a beach tour of South Shore Maui is a must. There’s so much to see and do there, you may even want to break it into more than one day. Especially, if you find your own favorite beach along the way.
All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.