When people travel the road to Hana they often miss Red Sand Beach (Kaihalulu Beach). Although it may be listed in guide books, it can be a bit tricky to get to. We’re here to tell you, it’s one of the most beautiful beaches on Maui and you should definitely check it out! If you’re looking for the perfect photo to turn into art work for your home, this is the place to get it.
This secluded cove has some of the most dramatic color contrasts you can find. Tropical blue green waters with white waves pushing up against jagged dark lava rock. Rusty red sands and cliffs next to lush green vegetation. It is photo worthy beyond words.
This area also holds cultural significance as Queen Ka’ahumanu was born here, one of Kamehameha’s wives who encouraged the breaking of the Kapu system. This vicinity also hosted many historic battles throughout Hawaiian history.
As aforementioned though, this area can be tricky to get to. We recommend going with someone who knows the area well. The short trail you’ll hike can be slippery; it’s sandy and full of small rocks that can be challenging on your footing. Some people begin the hike, see red sand below and assume they’ve found Red Sand Beach already. There may be red sand, but this isn’t the magical spot we’re talking about.
When you find it, you will know.
If you plan on swimming here, we recommend bringing water shoes. The approach can be rocky and difficult to traverse and shoes help out a lot! Snorkeling can be fun here too as the jagged lava creates a barrier from the ocean’s waves and makes for (usually) a nice protected area with incredibly clear water.
Red Sand Beach is one of those places that shouldn’t be missed. The local vibe, the amazing landscape, the crystal clear water…make sure to check this one off your Road to Hana list!