2 - 3 Hours
One Per Car
At Your Own Pace
Welcome to the Maui Beach Parks Tour
Explore paradise with this self-guided audio tour of Maui’s most incredible beaches. Lounge seaside, wade into the crystal-clear waters, or even pick up a surfboard to try your hand at Hawaii’s oldest sport—all while you learn the history and secrets behind this picturesque stretch of shoreline. Dive into everything from the history of surfing to legends of the demigod who created Hawaii as you tour. You’re free to explore at your own pace and see the best that Maui has to offer!
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About the Tour
Your Maui Beach Parks tour begins in the quaint town of Kahului. From there, your route heads south toward the beaches. Along the way, you’ll be treated to a crash course in Maui history, legends, and the origins of surfing.
The first beach you’ll see is Mai Poina Beach, a perfect windsurfing spot for those feeling a little adventurous. After that, Kalepolepo Beach offers some historic fishponds and spectacular seaside scenery after that.
Next up is Waipuilani Park, a popular spot for a picnic with a view. Those looking to try their hand at some surfing will find the perfect place at Cove Beach up next. The gentle surf and sheltered waters make it ideal for beginners!
Then there’s Kamaole Beach, featuring spectacular boogie boarding and some dramatic rocky points perfect for your Instagram story!
Molokini is next, a volcanic crater so clear you can see up to 150 feet underwater! As you might guess, this is a top snorkeling destination. That’s followed by Keawakapu Beach, a once-forbidden beach surrounded by rumors of buried treasure.
Looking to dip your toes into the world of scuba diving? Ulua Beach, next, is the perfect place for it!
After that are Wailea Beach and Palauea Beach, both perfect for some good old-fashioned sun, surf, and (if you’re lucky) even sea turtles!
Maluaka Beach awaits you further along your route, featuring some incredible kayaking opportunities for those who like to get out on the water uniquely. Those looking for a different kind of adventure will find it at Makena Cove, a top spot for couples to get hitched!
Finally, you’ll get a look at Maui’s famous lava fields and learn how this remarkable landscape formed in the first place. Your tour concludes here.
What You'll See
A Long History of Surfing
How Hawaiians Came to Be
The Demigod Maui
Mai Poina Beach Park
Kalepolepo Beach Park
Cove Beach Park
Kama'ole Beach Park
Ulua Beach Park
Makena Landing Park & Maluaka Beach
Preview the Tour
Mai Poina Beach Park Audio Story
a Long History of Surfing Audio Story
Redline Rafting Audio Story
Ulua Beach Park Audio Story
The best way to access Maluaka Beach is by parking in the south parking lot, which shows up on Google as “Maluaka Beach Parking (South)”. There is parking on the north side, but fewer spots are available and it isn’t quite as close to the beach itself.
If you’re looking to take a relaxing dip in the water, Kama’ole I and Kama’ole II are your best bets. These large, sandy beaches are perfect for a swim! But if you want to see marine wildlife, head to Kama’ole III, which is rockier but is an unbeatable snorkeling location.
Although all of Maui’s beaches are beautiful, those on the south and west sides of the island tend to be gentler and sunnier. That’s because the island’s mountains shelter these beaches from trade winds from the northeast!
Maui is probably most famous for its incredible beaches and lush tropical scenery. It’s a top vacation destination for a reason, whether visitors are looking to surf, snorkel, or just lounge on the sand in the picture-perfect representation of paradise!
Access to most Maui beaches is totally free and unrestricted, with the exception of beaches located in state and national parks. That said, some beaches are beginning to implement restrictions for non-locals. Ulua Beach and Kamaole Beach Park, for instance, have begun charging parking fees and only allow non-locals to park if they arrive between 7 and 10am.
The majority of Maui’s beaches are free, but be sure to check if the ones you’re planning to visit are located in state parks, like Waianapanapa State Park or Makena State Park. These charge a fee to enter.
Maui gets its iconic nickname from the island’s unique geography. With the Haleakala volcano on one side and the West Maui Mountains on the other, much of the island’s land sits in a deep valley between the two. Hence: The Valley Isle!
While there’s never a bad time to visit Maui, April or May is probably the best month. The weather is mild, the crowds aren’t as big as they are during the summer, and there are plenty of festivals to enjoy, like the Maui Taro Festival!
Seafood like salmon is obviously a big deal on Maui, but other iconic foods are always vying for the crown. Kalua pork offers that distinctive Hawaiian taste everyone craves, and the ever-popular shaved ice dessert makes for the perfect way to close out a meal or cool off on a hot day.
Maui, like the rest of Hawaii, has two primary seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season stretches from November through March and features lots of rain and cooler temperatures, while the dry season is primarily May through September, with temperatures reaching the upper 80s during the summer months.
If you’re visiting during the dry season, be sure to pack lightweight clothes, mostly with short sleeves, though you’ll want to include at least one pair of full length pants and a shirt with long sleeves in case you decide to go on a buggy hike. For evening adventures, be sure to bring a light outer layer just in case. And, of course, don’t forget your swimsuit!
For the most part, driving in Maui is no different than driving anywhere else in the US! The only challenges to keep in mind are that some of the roads are quite narrow and winding. As long as you stick to the posted speed limits, though, you should have no trouble!
Changing travel date? No worries! All individual tours come with lifetime validity.
The tour works offline, so you do not need your phone network to enjoy the tour. However, we suggest you download the tour on WiFi at your home, hotel, visitor center, etc., before heading out for a completely immersive experience.
Not an Entry Ticket
This is not an entry ticket to any of the attractions along the way.
Not a Car Rental
We do not provide car rental services. You must arrange for a car yourself. Our self-guided driving audio tours will work in any car via an aux cable or Bluetooth.
How many tours should I buy?
Since this is a driving tour, we suggest you buy one tour per car for the best experience.
What do we do?
Simply put, Action Tour Guide is an audio guide, map, and tour book – all in one app! We are a GPS-enabled app-based tour that narrates information based on your location right on your phone. You can experience our driving and walking tours at your own pace and literally at any time of the day!