Visiting Black Sand Beach At Waiʻānapanapa State Park In Maui

Waiʻānapanapa State Park is a small beachfront park on the far east side of Maui Island in Hawaii. Here visitors have the opportunity to visit the volcanic Black Sand Beach which is truly one of the most memorable experiences you can have in Maui.

The Waiʻānapanapa State Park can be easily reached from the scenic Road to Hana Highway. This is one of the most popular stops along the Hana Highway including the Twin Falls Maui Waterfall, Rainbow Trees, Aunty Sandy’s Banana Bread stand, and the Pīpīwai Trail.

Know Before You Go

You will need a reservation to visit the Black Sand Beach. Without a reservation, you will be turned away which can feel devastating after driving for hours to get there.

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How To Make A Reservation

It’s recommended that you purchase entrance tickets at least a few days in advance. You can book the reservation up to 14 days in advance and no later than 1 day before your visit (no same-day reservations are allowed).

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The Black Sand Beach at Waiʻānapanapa State Park is somewhat small compared to other beaches in Maui, but there is still plenty to do including hiking, swimming, and picnicking.

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Visiting The Black Sand Beach

After parking, you can head to the left along the cliff path. This trail will provide stunning panoramic views of jagged volcanic rocks scattered along the shoreline including a Sea Arch. 

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The Black Sand Beach consists of a small cove but there is plenty of space for visitors to spread out and lay on the beach. If you’re up for swimming, you can also get your feet wet in the water. But the waves and current here was a lot more powerful than at other beaches we visited in Maui.

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