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Maui’s North Shore – Quick Summary

Last updated 29. Aug, 2013 by .

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General Geographic Area: North Shore Maui

General Geographic Area: North Shore Maui

In a nutshell: The North Shore of Maui is less developed, less crowded with plenty of world-class beaches.
Minuses: Doesn’t cater commercially to resort-oriented tourists.
Sound-bite: “That guy playing in Charley’s looked and sounded exactly like Willie Nelson!”

The exact boundaries of Maui’s North Shore are not well defined, and there is overlap between Central Maui, Upcountry Maui and the Road to Hana. Even in my guide info, I often duplicate North Shore articles in Road to Hana categories since this is how the …

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Baby Beach (North Shore)

Last updated 12. Oct, 2010 by .

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Baby Beach (North Shore)

Baby Beach (North Shore)

Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: A dramatically beautiful beach, not just for kids. Protected lagoon for swimming.
Minuses: Can get very windy in the afternoons.
Sound-bite: E hau`oli e nâ `ôpio o Hawai`i nei.

Note: There is also a beach called “Baby Beach” in Lahaina.

DETAILS:
Baby Beach is a beautiful beach and protected lagoon just before Paia on the North Shore of Maui. An exposed stretch of reef, connected to a rocky red-dirt point on the west end of the beach creates …

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Ocean Conditions

Last updated 04. Aug, 2010 by .

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In normal conditions, on beaches where there are lifeguards, the ocean is relatively safe to play. But conditions can change, and the surf can get big, rip currents form, and swimming can become dangerous at even what appear to be the tamest of beaches.

At beaches with lifeguards, look out for orange high-surf flags in the sand. If they are present, visit the lifeguard stand to read or talk to a lifeguard about the conditions.

Keep in mind that the county almost never closes beaches during dangerous conditions. Flags and …

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Baldwin Cove

Last updated 16. May, 2009 by .

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Baldwin Cove

Baldwin Cove

Rating: ★★★★☆

In a nutshell: Beautiful sand beach in season. Out of season it is also dramatic to behold. Frequented by many free-spirits; ladies can go topless here.
Minuses: Parking can be tough on weekends. Parts of the year the beach vanishes.
Sound-bite: “…every little thing, gonna be alright.”

DETAILS:
A large jetty of boulders at the cove’s edge, combined with an offshore reef forms a protected sandy cove. This beach is subject to extreme seasonal erosion, usually culminating the the entire beach disappearing. In fact, I can’t even …

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Baldwin Beach Park

Last updated 27. Jul, 2013 by .

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Baldwin Beach

Baldwin Beach

Rating: ★★★★☆

In a nutshell: Baldwin Beach Park is a beautiful, long white-sand beach on Maui’s North Shore. A favorite with local families.
Minuses: Surf in the middle area can be rough.
Sound-bite: “Gnarly wipeout, brah…I know a good chiropractor in Paia!”

DETAILS:
Baldwin Beach is a wonderful, long, wide, sandy beach park just outside of Paia. Fully equipped with lifeguards, port-a-potties, showers, barbecues, picnic tables and a covered pavilion.

During winter months, the main stretch of beach can have fairly large and regular shorebreak, so it becomes a …

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Ho’okipa Beach Park

Last updated 22. Feb, 2014 by .

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The Mecca of windsurfing: Ho'okipa

The Mecca of windsurfing: Ho’okipa

Rating: ★★★★☆

In a nutshell: Ho’okipa Beach is a world-renowned windsurfing destination with often dramatic and impressive surf for sightseers as well.
Minuses: Marginal for swimming.
Sound-bite: “Epic day brah!”

Surf Sports
Ho’okipa is Mecca to the windsurfing world (and no slouch for board surfing, either.) There are professional windsurfing competitions held here, and on just about any day with wind (most) you can watch pros doing their thing. Ho’okipa also provides sightseers a stunning backdrop to watch the best effortlessly play with the ocean in …

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Paia Secret Beach

Last updated 27. Jul, 2013 by .

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Paia Secret Beach

Paia Secret Beach

Rating: ★★★½☆

In a nutshell: If you like to get naked on the beach without a ton of company, this is a good place to go. Relatively private and out of the main-flow of people, rarely anyone but folks who live here end up at this beach.
Minuses: Parking; better beaches adjacent.
Sound-bite: “Hey Moonbow, can I borrow your organic hemp loincloth to make a pakalolo run?”

DETAILS:
Paia’s “Secret Beach” is a clothing optional beach between Paia Bay and Baldwin Cove. On weekends there is usually …

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Paia Bay

Last updated 30. Sep, 2010 by .

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Paia Bay

Paia Bay

Rating: ★★★½☆

In a nutshell: Paia Bay is a destination if you are an accomplished boogie-boarder. A long, nice beach with an excellent near-shore surf break. Overall, this beach doesn’t have enough to attract most other visitors.
Minuses: The park and bathroom area can be dirty, and sometimes attract vagrant types.
Sound-bite: “Shreddin’ `em!”

DETAILS:
Paia Bay is a favorite for boogie-boarders and bodysurfers. The break is generally just a bit off shore and over head, so fins are a good idea. Definitely not a place to boogie-board unless …

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Tavares Beach (aka Lamalani aka Blue Tile House Beach)

Last updated 02. Nov, 2012 by .

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Postcard perfect - Tavares beach is practically unknown except among locals.

Postcard perfect.
Tavares beach is practically unknown except among locals.

Rating: ★★★½☆

In a nutshell: Tavares Beach is a medium sized crescent shaped sandy white beach with easy access and ample parking.
Minuses: Crowded on weekends and holidays. Some rocks in water. Occasionally swells bring massive influx of seaweed.
Sound-bite: “Blink and you’ll miss it.”

SUMMARY:
Tavares Beach is a medium sized crescent shaped sandy white beach in the area adjacent to Paia known as Kuau. Easy access and ample parking. Good for swimming, snorkeling, spear fishing, rock jumping, surfing and …

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Kuau Cove – (Beach at Mama’s Fish House)

Last updated 03. Jun, 2011 by .

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Kuau Cove

Kuau Cove at high tide

Rating: ★★★½☆

In a nutshell: Kuau cove is perfect for little ones and anyone that loves to explore tidepool sealife.
Minuses: Fully-clothed Mama’s patrons might make shy folks uncomfortable in their itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-polkadot-bikini.
Sound-bite: “Honey, how much should we tip the valet?”

DETAILS:
A wonderfully scenic small white sand cove beach just past Paia, bordered by a coconut grove and chock full of tidepools.

Kuau Cove, which is commonly also called Mama’s Fish House Beach since most visitors experience this beach as a photo op prior to …

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