Aloha, and welcome to Boss Frog’s Maui Island Map page – your quick guide to beaches, towns of interest, and the layout of Maui’s basic roads. Topics below include popular towns such as Lahaina, Hana and Kaanapali, and popular beaches and snorkeling spots like Honolua Bay and La Perouse Bay. Many of these places have links to individual pages where you can read a full description and see pictures and/or videos. There’s lots to see here, so sit back, relax and enjoy yourself!
Kahakuloa is a little village nestled on the island’s northwest shore, reachable by a sometimes hair-raising drive along a winding cliffside road. In addition to the village homes and taro patches, you’ll find a lovely church built in the late 1800’s, two roadside stands, and an exclusive Hawaiian art gallery. Kahakuloa is 15 minutes south of the Nakalele Blowhole, 2 minutes south of the Olivine Pools, and 30 minutes north of the Waihe’e Ridge Trail.
Kapalua boasts the most opulent resorts on the west side, and it is served by a small inter-island airport. Snorkel from a stunningly gorgeous crescent beach, and explore part or all of the beautiful Kapalua Coastal Trail! The Boss Frog’s closest to Kapalua is in Napili Plaza at (808)669-4949.
The beauty of Kaanapali beach is world-renowned, the snorkeling is fabulous, and the resorts are brimming with aloha. Shop and eat at Whalers Village, see a luau, float by parasail, race by jetski, or step onto a sunset sail right from the sand. Two Boss Frog’s can help you out nearby: Kaanapali at (808)665-1200, and Kahana at (808)669-6700.
Mala Boat Ramp
Zodiac-type rafts leave for Lanai snorkel and dive trips from this shallow boat ramp close to Lahaina Cannery Mall and the Old Lahaina Luau. This is where Maui’s first voyaging canoe built in the last 600 years – the Mo’okiha O Pi’ilani – first touched water in 2014.
Lahaina is full of things to do. Enjoy the beaches, learn how to surf, or go snorkeling! On land, take a horseback ride or an ATV tour, check out the Lahaina Animal Farm, shop along Front Street and through the outlet mall, and enjoy live music at all sorts of restaurants. There’s also live theater, a movie theater, and two bookstores. Friday is the galleries’ Art Night, and 2nd Friday is the town party, too! Two Boss Frog’s serve Lahaina: Front Street (808)661-3333, and the Cannery Mall (808)661-5995.
Lahaina Harbor bustles with rafts and boats departing for Lanai and Molokai, snorkel adventures, deep sea fishing expeditions, submarine tours, dinner cruises, and parasailing and whale watching in season! In addition to the famous Quicksilver catamaran and tour boats galore, you’ll also see a large number of personal vessels docked here.
Just south of Lahaina, Olowalu gives you a glimpse of a quieter Maui. Enjoy the shade of the incredible trees arching over the road as you drive into town. Spend a few nights in the Olowalu campground, indulge at Leoda’s Pie Shop (their sandwiches are amazing!), or pick and choose the best local produce at the Farmer’s Market. Olowalu has a small population of about 80; most of Olowalu’s families have lived on this land for generations.
This neighbor island boasts quiet beaches and two knockout resorts complete with courses to challenge any golfer. Lanai tide pools and coral reefs absolutely teem with life. Take the ferry or a snorkeling tour from Maui, and spend a day! (Tip: To save money, rent your golf clubs from Boss Frog’s on Maui and carry them to Lanai.)
Experience Old Hawaii by visiting the “Friendly Isle!” See sacred sites, the highest sea cliffs in the world, ancient fishponds, Saint Damien’s church, and the all-local shops of Kaunakakai Town. Head over by plane to visit for a few days, or see it all and get back to Maui within the hour on a helicopter tour!
Maalaea Harbor & Shops
Maalaea Harbor is a fine berth for the Calypso and Malolo catamarans as well as many neighbor vessels. Come, join us on a Molokini snorkel excursion, sunset dinner cruise, or whale watch (in season)! Maalaea also has several attractions including Maui’s aquarium (great for the kids!), and a fantastic craft fair. You’ll also find other fun shops, dining, and the perfect spots to grab dessert. Did we mention there’s ample parking?
Kihei treats you to long sandy beaches by day, and dining and dancing at night! Snorkel with turtles, learn to surf and paddleboard, hone your tricks at the skate park, and sit in stillness for the sunsets. Kihei vacation rental condos have all the comforts of home. 4th Friday town parties are held here, and you have your choice of three Boss Frog’s: North (808)891-0077, Central (808)874-5225, and South (808)875-4477.
Kihei Boat Ramp
Kihei Boat Ramp is located in South Kihei on the way to Wailea. Many small dive boats and raft tour companies board here for Molokini snorkeling and scuba diving trips. There is a restroom and a small beach, but this is not a great place to hang out. The address is 2988 South Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753.
Wailea – simply put – is a world of luxury. Fine dining and shopping, world-class resorts, spectacular golf courses, and epic beaches come together in a picture-perfect landscape. Make sure to experience the luaus, and let Wailea’s Boss Frog’s serve you at (808)874-5577.
Makena is the place to be for a relaxing vacation. Fabulously manicured resorts and golf courses beside beaches large and small offer kayak tours, snorkeling, and scuba diving! Turtle Town, the second site we visit on our Molokini adventures, is located offshore.
Hike and sightsee the majestic and historic I’ao Valley in central Maui. See the governmental seat of Maui County (Maui, Lanai, and Molokai) on your way into town for shopping, eating, and live theater! Don’t forget horseback riding, and try ziplining at Maui Tropical Plantation. Have a great time in the evening at 1st Friday town parties, which happen in Wailuku!
Kahului is Maui’s industrial heart. Here is where you’ll find the malls, movie theaters, and museums, as well as Costco, UH Maui College, and the Swap Meet (awesome souvenirs, anyone?). For something a little different, take in a concert or show at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, tour the sugarcane museum, or golf on one of the local courses. Most visitors arrive through Kahului Harbor or Kahului Airport. Did you know you can take island helicopter tours from the heliport, too?
Paia adds its unique flavor to the island with its emphasis on healthy living and one-of-a-kind shops, groceries, restaurants, and “dessert-eries.” You’ll pass windy Baldwin Beach on the way into town, and if you’re going through on your way to Hana, this is your last chance for gas and provisions.
Haiku is a tiny town up the mountain just off the Hana Highway. When the wind and waves are right, this is THE SPOT for tow-in surfing and kitesurfers! The “Jaws” (Pe’ahi) surf break is here, as is Ho’okipa, which is a haul-out place for basking green sea turtles. Give them at least 10 feet of space while you take photos. Other sites of interest include the animal sanctuary Boo Boo Zoo, and the Pacific Primate Sanctuary. Also, you can also go ziplining through the forest on an old WWII marine base!
Makawao is Maui’s ranch and cowboy town (i.e. they have excellent burgers). Stroll through the paniolo history museum, quaint shops, and art galleries. Rustle up some grub with fine to casual dining, and visit on 3rd Fridays for the town party. You’ll also find a zipline course in Makawao – great fun!
Kula is a lovely little agricultural town that’s home to some great restaurants as well as a lavender farm, a goat dairy, and several photogenic jacaranda and eucalyptus trees. You’ll find an awesome zipline course here, along the slopes of Haleakala. Expect cooler temperatures.
Haleakala National Park
The summit of the dormant volcano of Haleakala is the highest point on Maui – 10,023 feet! Experience the sunrise and tour Haleakala National Park. See the endangered nene goose and silversword plant, hike the challenging crater trails, and bike the winding highway. Depending on the time of day, it gets chilly and extremely hot, so be sure to dress accordingly.
You don’t want to miss this short hike – one of the first stops along the Road to Hana. The lower double waterfalls are something to see! If the river is shallow and safe, you can cross it up above and hike farther in to see the upper falls. The trails here can be muddy and slippery. Bring water shoes and a camera, expect mosquitoes, and grab something to eat at the famous Twin Falls Farmstand!
Hana is world famous for its quiet and beauty. In the roadside stands on the Road to Hana, you’ll find local banana bread and fruits to die for. Take a hiking tour of the jungle and waterfalls, enjoy a guided van tour of the entire journey, or just snuggle up in a bed and breakfast for a couple of days.
Seven Sacred Pools in Hana
On the east side of the island, a gorgeous stream runs through the ‘Ohe’o Gulch and into to the sea. Hike up to the falls, navigate slippery rocks, and rest and swim in the freshwater pools. One can also jump from the rocks into some pools. Be safe, and know your limits. The day you’re going, call (808)572-4400, ext 2 to see if the pools are open. In and after wet weather, they’re closed for safety.
Rather than turning around after reaching Hana Town, wind through this arid landscape on the back side of Maui. Witness the Kaupo Gap along the rim of Haleakala, and visit the General Store and small museum. A large parcel of land, where thousands of Polynesians lived in ancient times, was set aside in Kaupo for Native Hawaiian homesteaders. This beautiful drive is mostly bumpy, but doable. Getting stuck here brings no assistance from the rental car companies.
Ulupalakua offers refreshingly cool temperatures, breathtaking coastal views, rolling hill cattle ranches, and Maui’s only winery. MauiWine ferments pineapple as well as grapes, with extraordinary results. Take a leisurely drive through eucalyptus and pine forests, go wine tasting, and learn about the rich paniolo (cowboy) history. Ulupalakua translates to “breadfruit ripened on the back.” One ancient Hawaiian chief sent subjects into these hills to gather breadfruit (‘ulu). By the time they returned, the fruit was ripe!
Honolua Bay has some of the best snorkeling on the west side (and great surfing when a swell is in). Near shore, there are many fish and sometimes turtles. If you are experienced and go farther out, with luck you may see a manta ray! There is no sand, only large smooth stones, so the site is recommended for ages 7+. Use the lookout to ensure the water is clear, and walk through the forest to get to the shore. You can take a kayak tour of Honolua Bay, as well!
Mokuleia (Slaughterhouse) is a gorgeous snorkeling site found down a long flight of cement stairs. The sandy beach is nice, but it has no amenities. The water may be too rough to snorkel in the winter, but all other seasons, dive in to see turtles and fish galore! If you are a strong swimmer, you can keep snorkeling right into Honolua Bay.
DT Fleming is a beautiful hangout beach that is easy to get to, and a great spot to watch the surfers. You’ll find plenty of parking along with barbeques, picnic tables, and restrooms. Bring your camera!
Kapalua Bay is a lovely crescent of sand almost too beautiful to look upon. The snorkeling is fantastic because the water is usually gentle, and sea turtles abound! There are restrooms, walking paths, and outdoor showers here.
Napili Bay is a fairly sheltered crescent great for snorkeling, body boarding, paddle boarding, and surfing. Turtles are often sighted, and the warm sand is great for lounging. Bring an umbrella for sun protection on the sand, and a rashguard (water shirt) and board shorts for the same in the water.
Airport (Kahekili) Beach
Airport (Kahekili) Beach is a great spot for the whole family. There is an excellent and fairly large reef to snorkel here (to 15 ft/5 m), along with great parking and all the amenities you’ll need for a day at a comfortable stretch of sand – restrooms, picnic tables, trash cans, and outdoor showers.
Canoe (Hanakao'o) Beach
Canoe (Hanakao’o) Beach offers gorgeous views of Lanai, good snorkeling and swimming, and barbeques, trash cans, restrooms, both sand and grass, and shaded picnic tables. There is plenty of parking next to the cemetery.
Wahikuli Beach Park
Wahikuli Beach Park offers some of the best turtle watching on the west side. The venue is noisy – you are right next to the highway, but when you are in the water, you hardly notice it. There are tables, grills, and restrooms at this sandy and grassy beach park. Be sure to give 10 feet/3 meters of space to any turtles you see, so they can do their thing.
Baby Beach is the best beach on Maui for toddlers, but everyone in your party is sure to love it. The beach is protected by a fringing reef offshore, so the water is like a bathtub with a sandy bottom – very shallow with normally gentle waves. There is a trash can at the entrance, but that’s it. Bring water to drink and also to rinse off with.
Puamana is a perfect spot to practice paddleboarding. When you’re done, barbeque up some lunch, play on the lawn, and hang out at the picnic tables. There are restrooms and, facing the ocean, outdoor showers are on the far right.
Launiupoko is a lovely place to watch skilled surfers catch some waves. There is an ocean wading pool for your little ones. Restrooms, outdoor showers, walking paths, shaded grassy areas, barbeques, and good friends complete this convenient beach park!
Olowalu is a sandy strip between Honoapi’ilani Highway and the ocean. It borders acres and acres of some of the oldest coral reefs on the island. This is a great place for snorkeling and kayak tours! Find a sand channel for entering and exiting the water, do not touch the reef, and wear a rashguard (water shirt) and board shorts for sun protection in the water. On shore, be mindful of thorns in the sand beneath the kiawe trees.
Charley Young Beach
Heading south, Charley Young Beach is one of the first beaches found on Kihei’s main drag. Parking is easy. There is usually plenty of space to stretch out and get comfortable on the sand here, as most seem to prefer the Kamaole Beaches, located a bit south. There is a little coral reef to snorkel on the right hand side. You’ll see sea urchins, convict tang, parrotfish, and more. If you see any sea turtles (and there’s a good chance you will here), show your respect by keeping 10 feet/3 meters away.
Kamaole Beaches I – III
Kamaole Beaches I – III offer something for the whole family. These long sandy beaches sport great snorkeling along the points (sea turtles all day long), plus lifeguards to keep an eye on the swimmers. You’ll also find restrooms, a volleyball net, playground swings, grassy hills for the kids to run on, barbecue grills, and picnic tables! Shopping and restaurants are easily accessible, too.
Keawakapu Beach is a great place to relax and work on your tan. The snorkeling is good in the early morning (especially on the right hand side), but the water can get choppy as the sun climbs higher. You’ll meet a mix of locals and tourists on this stretch of soft sand, right outside the Mana Kai Maui Resort and 5 Palms Restaurant. You definitely want to bring your own shade here, as well as a Boss Frog’s rashguard (water shirt) and board shorts for sun protection while swimming.
Mokapu and Ulua Beaches
You’ll find easy snorkeling off Mokapu and Ulua Beaches, with plenty of brilliant fish. Mokapu is just outside the Andaz Resort, and Ulua – named for the graceful predator fish prized by fisherpeople in Hawaii – is just south of Mokapu. The sand is lovely for lounging, and there are restrooms and outdoor showers. Parking is best early in the morning.
Wailea Beach is directly in front of the Grand Wailea Resort. Maui’s marine life is a lot more plentiful off other beaches (this writing is in 2016), so this one is great for relaxing and reading. If you do want to check out the fish, the reefs are found in small patches about 30 yards out and 20 yards to the right. Be sure to snorkel this intermediate site with at least one buddy. There are restrooms and outdoor showers.
The Fairmont Kea Lani Hotel overloooks small, sandy Polo Beach, which is just perfect for getting a tan or playing frisbee! The snorkeling at Polo can be easy in the morning, and becomes intermediate level by afternoon. You are likely to see a sea turtle or two. Pay attention to the beach boulders when you enter and exit the water. There are restrooms and outdoor showers here.
Po’olenalena Beach hosts great marine life, and rough waves at times. This is an intermediate site. You’re almost sure to find some sea turtles. There are two areas to explore. Both are comfortable and sandy, unless you’re beneath the shade of the thorn-dropping kiawe trees, so be careful there. There are portable toilets and trash cans here.
5 Caves/5 Graves
Besides Molokini Crater, 5 Caves/5 Graves is one of the best snorkeling and diving sites on the island. Unlike Molokini, you must be an advanced snorkeler to venture here. The entry and exit are difficult, and the swim before the good stuff is quite far. There are sea turtles, unicornfish, nudibranchs, white tip reef sharks, and caves. The corals have grown beautifully, and they are stacked high! There are neither amenities nor a beach at this site.
Maluaka Beach sits just beautifully outside the Makena Beach and Golf Resort. There is some good snorkeling just off the shore, and you can cook up your favorite lunch using the grills provided in the grassy area nearby. There are also restrooms, outdoor showers, and plenty of sand!
Big Beach, the longest and widest beach on the island, is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on Maui. Despite the beckoning of the aquamarine water, do not swim or snorkel here. Many have been injured by a seemingly gentle wave – one reason you’ll find lifeguards. There are portable toilets, trash cans, and picnic tables near the parking lot, but no amenities on the beach. If you climb over the right-hand ridge to the neighboring beach (“Little Beach”), do not be surprised by nude sunbathers.
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve
The protected cove at Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve opens up into a beautiful bay. As this area is a marine reserve, colorful fish are abundant. There are portable toilets in the parking lot, but nothing else in terms of amenities. There is no beach here. In terms of difficulty, the snorkeling usually runs easy to intermediate, but be prepared for a slippery and rocky entry and exit – not easy for little ones.
La Perouse Bay
La Perouse Bay is full of unique natural contrasts. A mile or so before the bay are lava fields as far as the eye can see. These fields are sacred to the Hawaiian people. The bay is home to all sorts of marine life, including spinner dolphins far offshore. This intermediate snorkel site is one of the first to catch the daily winds, so if you plan to explore it, go in early. You can hike along the coast – and if you do, bring plenty of water! For vehicles, however, this is the end of the road on Maui’s south side.
Molokini Crater is the most popular snorkeling and scuba site on Maui. Because it sits in the open ocean 3 miles off the main island, the visibility usually exceeds 100 feet! There are all kinds of fish, and some open-ocean animals like whale sharks have been known to visit on occasion. This site is boat access only, so all the facilities, equipment, food, and drinks you need will be within arm’s reach! Take our Malolo and Quicksilver catamarans for an excellent day on the water at (808)661-3333. If you choose to go in the morning, you’ll stop at Turtle Town, too! You can wear a rashguard (water shirt) and board shorts for sun protection while swimming.