Hamoa Beach
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V.I010421
Massachusetts10 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
One of my favorite beaches on Maui! Blue and green clear water with perfectly shaded areas that allow you not to bring an umbrella. Just enough parking for the beach not to get overwhelmed! Get their early. It’s located at the end of the road to Hana!
Written August 1, 2022
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venicegirl
Los Angeles, CA740 contributions
Jan 2022
My family came here one late morning in January for a quick visit. It was relatively quiet and incredibly scenic, with clear, beautifully hued water and huge, fun waves. Due to weather and surf conditions, the water here was much nicer than the our experience in Wailea afterwards.

Some folks were surfing but unfortunately we didn't have boards with us. My kids had a blast body-surfing. Would definitely recommend if you have the time. I wish we had stayed in Hana 2 nights so we could have more time here.
Written October 5, 2022
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Khoi N
Washington DC, DC2,341 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
Fairly clean beach. They had a port a potty and 1 outdoor shower. There’s only street parking above and it can be tight. We saw folks snorkeling and swimming further out. There’s swings under the trees on both sides of the beach. Water overall kinda murky with plenty of seaweed. Waves were not strong and you get great views of the island
Written October 10, 2022
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Ryan
Charlotte, NC576 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
This was my favorite beach on Hana side of the island. Nice soft golden sand. Quiet, yet spacious enough to accommodate lots of people. The waves can be rowdy to downright intimidating, but are quite fun if you enjoy big swimming waves. They’ll give you a workout. I still got turned upside down and pounded to the bottom once.
Written July 15, 2020
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Aditi
8 contributions
Apr 2021
This was my most favorite beach in Maui. It's a crescent shaped beach with lush greenery on both sides. The sand has salt and pepper look, but is velvety soft! Unfortunately, we didn't see beautiful sunset views because the sky is mostly cloudy/sun is hidden behind haleakala. I regret not going there for sunrise views. There is no official parking lot, just limited roadside parking.
Written April 30, 2021
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Carnon
Everett, WA35 contributions
Jan 2011
Our guide book directed us here for the best "body surfing" beach in Maui. STAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS BEACH AND HEED ALL WARNINGS AND MONITOR CONDITIONS. My sister got nailed by a mean wave and ended up in local Hana medical clinic--thank God for this clinic. She's hurt and has arm in sling, but it could have been so much worse. Doc and nurse at clinic said they treat people from Hamoa Beach ALL THE TIME. Read again, ALL THE TIME. From minor injuries to broken necks. We had no indication the day we were there that it was a bad day to be out there. Please, be careful and go home in one piece. Did you know more people die by drowning in HI than anywhere else in USA? Mahalo and God bless.
Written January 18, 2011
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Tyler D
Stamford, CT177 contributions
Mar 2013 • Family
On your way out of Hana after your long drive, it will take you about 10 minutes to get to Hamoa beach. This is without exception one of my favorite places on all of Maui, and considering we have been to Maui and Hana over 8 times, we can speak with some authority.

Staying in Hana for at least 3 days is recommended. This way you can leisurely see all the great spots this beautiful part of the world has to offer. I suggest you pick up a copy of MAUI REVEALED, as we learned everything from this book. Very accurate and great directions. The primary attractions of Hana are;

Ohe'o Gulch - 7 Pools area and Bamboo forest 4 mile hike.

Hamoa Beach area

Red Sand Beach area

Venus Pool area

Wai'anapanapa State Park

Drive down past the gas station about 10 minutes and you will see the very small sign for Hamoa beach on the left......and yes it is a left turn ( kind of obvious because thats where the water is ! ). Drive down a little bit and you'll see a small parking area for Hamoa on the left, with this amazing beach right in front of you. When we are in Hana, we want to spend a few days just here since its so beautiful. Spend at least half a day. If you are staying in Hana, dow the road a bit from the dirt parking area of Hamoa you may find fisherman with the days fresh catch. They will filet the fish right there for you and then you go home and cook them up. Amazing! Hamoa beach actually consists of 2 separate beaches which are connected through a loop road that circles around the waters edge, off the only main road. They are about 5 minutes apart, and I suggest you visit both. The one I have supplied photos for here is my favorite.

A word of caution is to beware of powerful rip tides, whether you are an experienced swimmer, surfer or parent....BEWARE. I almost bit the dust in one and if it were not for my 17 year old son pulling me out of one and just dumb luck, we both may have died that day. Swim in the center and toward the shore. Don't go too deep as it does carry you out. Watch out especially for your little ones. As you can see from the photos, when my daughter was little we simply kept her in the waist high water which is plenty of fun for hours.
Written January 26, 2014
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Portobello B
Seattle516 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
We love coming to Hawaii every year, Maui is our favorite island. We stayed four nights in Hana and the next ten nights will be spent in Wailea. Hamoa beach is a beautiful white sand beach in Hana and the best for swimming and body surfing. However, upon this year's visit, I experienced the worst public restroom ever at Hamoa Beach. The lock was broken and the light was out. There was no way you could use this restroom, plus it was pretty disgusting. Also, the Travaasa Hotel ( formerly Hotel Hana) shut off the public shower where you used to be able to wash off the sand. There is a restroom for their guests at the beach but requires a code to gain access. It may not be Travaasa Hotel's responsibility to provide service to the public but I am hoping that the Hana town officials will do something to maintain a public restroom at one of their prettiest beaches. One of the best tourist attractions of Hana is the ability to visit beaches that have black, red, or white sand.
Written January 10, 2013
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BeenThereD0neThat1
Euless, Texas11 contributions
Jun 2011 • Family
This Beach is awesome, make the trip. Just wanted to say to mind the warnings on here about surf & riptides, I had two scary experiences with both. While boogie boarding on a wave and not more than 15 yards from the sand in about 18 inches of water, I was flipped end over end (head to toe) & lucky I didn't injure my neck. I am 6'4" and 250 lbs, so it was quite a scene & my wife had a good laugh at my expense, no injuries other than my pride! And then my daughter & I were snorkeling acrossed the bay (left to right as your looking out to sea) following some fish and experienced some rip tides pulling us out to sea as we approached the right (Southern) side of the bay. Luckily a Mother & her 15 year old son that were surfing assisted us in getting back to shore as we we having trouble finding our way out of the current. I don't panick easy but that was scary! We were there mid-afternoon in June.
Written April 12, 2012
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Pil0t22
Cleveland Heights, Ohio4 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
If you want to surf, paddle board surf, let waves hit you then this is the beach for you.
I would not advise taking children there but if you do, definitely keep them within your reach.
When we arrived, about 9:30 on a Monday there were about a crew of seven cleaning the beach. Nice facilities. Not much around to grab to eat so bring your own muchies. There is a shower on the beach to rinse the sand off.

You need to park above the beach and take stairs down to the beach- short concrete steps. Parking is all one sided and there is not alot of space.

I agree with some of the other reviews. Don't leave your back to the waves. Always face towards the ocean because you will get a surprise sized wave occasionally. I had one crash on top of me and rolled me pretty good.

There is a bit of pull when the water heads back out but we had no problem overcoming that. If your legs are weak you will have problems. You will get hit with waves while heading out but we jumped them and when they were too big we figured if you can't beat it might as well turn and join it roll you in.

We went there to boogey board and eased in our way in and did not stray to far out. I would suggest staying in the middle of the beach and stay oriented to which direction you are getting pulled. We started in one direction and went back to the original put in point and then got pulled in the other direction. Staying in middle assures clearance from rocks.

Very nice mixture of some black and white sand and plenty of space with shade and sun. Won't need rash shirt or shoes. For women I suggest a one piece suit because your bottoms will get pulled off your butt. Mine landed at my ankles on more than one occasion.

Found sand everywhere on my body during the shower.

Overall, a great place to surf, body surf, boogey board. Not sure how you would snorkel there too well because of the waves but I think it is worth it to stop there and check it out. Smooth sand no rocks or reef to contend with.

Be careful.
Written October 23, 2012
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