My daughter is apprehensive as she duck-walks into the water, decked out in her mask, snorkel, and rubber flippers. We’re at Black Rock, an imposing, jagged outcropping at the north end of Maui’s Kaanapali Beach. It took a lot to talk her out of the hotel’s fun-filled pool and convince her to give snorkeling a try.
She grips my hand tightly as we paddle out to deeper water, staying close to the rock. As we peer through the shimmering blue-green light, a spot of color flashes by, then another. Through her mask, I see her eyes widen in surprise as she finds herself surrounded by a school of curious reef fish. We’re less than 20 feet from shore, but it’s as if we’ve been transported to another world under the sea.
With bright, blue-sky days, soft, flower-fragrant trade winds, and glorious sunsets, Maui is a magical island. And where better to play on your vacation than the beach? From kid-friendly boogie boarding in the waves to luxurious lounging in the sand, if you’ve made the trip this far across the Pacific, you want to spend as much time oceanside as possible.
Maui’s hottest hotels and resorts provide unparalleled access to some of the best beaches in the world, along with the lounge chairs, surfboards, and snorkel gear to enjoy them. But they don’t stop there. These top properties offer unique amenities for an unforgettable Hawaii vacation, from a mini waterpark of pools and slides to luxurious spas to intimate private villas, to rooftop stargazing—all accompanied by the sound of crashing waves just feet away.
Whether you’re looking for a fun-filled family vacation or a romantic getaway for two, Maui is the perfect place to find your bliss. Here are eight Maui hotels on the beach we think are well worth the trip.