South Side: Kamaole 1, 2, 3 Beach Parks, Makena State Park (a.k.a. Big Beach)
West Side: Hanakao’o Beach (a.k.a. Canoe Beach, DT Flemming Beach Park
North Shore: Kanaha Beach Park, HA Baldwin Beach Park, and Ho’okipa Beach Park
East Side: Hana Bay (Fridays during Summer and Winter Pals Program days only)
Looks can be deceiving – if no one is swimming, chances are it’s not a good swimming beach.
Never turn your back on the ocean.
Know your limits – many ocean activities can be strenuous.
Wave heights can increase quickly – if you find yourself in this situation, dive underneath the wave, come up behind it, then swim to shore between wave sets.
If you are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, you increase your risk of drowning while in the ocean.
If you are caught in a rip current, remain calm, go with the flow (don’t fight the current), once the rip current releases you (offshore), swim at an angle away from the current, towards the shore, call or signal for help.
Hazards exist in all coastal areas – when in doubt, don’t go out!
Coral reefs face many threats. Chemicals found in many sunscreens, such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, homosalate, octinoxate, octisalate, octocrylene, or nanoparticles are contributing to coral decline. By wearing protective clothing and choosing reef-friendly, mineral-based sunscreens, we can all help keep Maui’s beautiful coral and wildlife healthy.
Please don’t stand, step on, or touch coral – stay afloat when snorkeling.
Give all marine life plenty of space.
Hawaiʻi is the first state to ban the sale, offer of sale, or distribution of any SPF sunscreen protection personal care product that contains oxybenzone and/or octinoxate, without a licensed prescription (SB 2571).
* please heed all signage! Visit Maui Ocean’s Safety Website for more information