Beaches are one of the first things that come to mind when thinking about Maui. Beautiful, long, white soft sand beaches. These are fantastic and most people spend spend many hours on them, basking in the sun, swimming in the ocean, reading a good book as well as the myriad other fun things to do on the beach.
Maui also has a gorgeous black sand beach that is well worth visiting. It is located at mile marker 32 on the road to Hana and is part of the Wainapanapa State Park. As you have probably guessed, the black sand is made up of ground lava and indeed at the water’s edge the black sand gives way to lava. Due to the lack of sand at the entry to the water, this is not a great beach for frolicking in the water, but it is a great spot for snorkeling and diving. There is coral and a reef just offshore which creates a home for lots of sea life, including green sea turtles which are also commonly found here.
Wainapanapa State Park also features a lava tube, blow hole and a sea arch, all of which are fascinating as well and quite nice added bonuses to the black sand beach itself.
Been to the black sand beach? Let us know what you think!