In a nutshell: Shallow and safe for little kids because of the offshore reef.
Minuses: Poor swimming.
Sound-bite: Kids playing
There is also a (higher rated) Baby Beach on the North Shore.
Lahaina’s Baby Beach is mostly visited by local families with young children. The beach is protected by an exposed stretch of reef, creating a calm shallow area where small children won’t be knocked down by a big wave, and parents can let kids run without fearing the ocean too much.
Video credit: HawaiianOBrien.com.
The video above is really nice, but Lahaina Baby Beach is probably a skip for most visitors. Lahaina beaches don’t measure up with those just north in Ka’anapali, Napili & Kapalua. This beach is narrow and the sand varies from an unappealing dirty-grey at the north end, to very minimal beach at all at the end where the video was shot. There are also quite a lot of coral heads & rocks throughout that are pretty to look at, but not so fun to scrape, stub, and can quickly ruin the fun adults and bigger kids might try to have in the water.
Like the entire West Coast of Maui, the weather is almost always great and the beach does have spectacular views of the ocean and neighbor islands – but, really, this is probably a better beach for local folks – if you’re visiting on vacation for a short time, why settle when some of the best beaches in the world are just up the road?
Location: Off of Front St. at the end of Pu’unoa Pl.
GPS Coordinates: 20.881408,-156.687108
Facilities: Restrooms, showers, no lifeguards.