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Waianapanapa State Park

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  • Waianapanapa State Park
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    Waianapanapa, or 'Black sand beach' as the locals refer to it , is a must see if you're coming to Maui. Aside from the stunning beach itself, there are trails to the south that lead to a blowhole. Trails to the north allow you to explore some extreme lava formations, as well as take a moment to pay tribute to those who came before at the beautifully maintained Hawaiian burial grounds. Finally, go dive into the fresh water caves for an invigorating change.

    If you have the opportunity to stay over night, they offer camping, and cabin rentals. Permits are needed and have to be arranged through the Maui County Parks Department here: co.maui.hi.us/parks
    The cabins have rudimentary dishes and a few pots, but you supply your own sheets and towels. Totally worth it- the black beach under the stars may change your life.

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    Seeing a beach with black sand and black smooth rocks caused me to stop and take it all in. I took a million pictures! Take a moment to walk through the cave.

    Recommended for:Outdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureGreen TravelersFamily TravelersBudget TravelersAdventure TravelersBackpackers
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  • Waianapanapa State ParkPro 2014

    This is a great beach/park on the Road to Hana. There are a few services, black sand beaches, a sea arch, and some lava tubes here.

    Recommended for:Local Culture
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  • Waianapanapa State Park

    Just before Hana, be sure to stop at the Black Sands Beach. Then don't forget to check out the Red Sand Beach in Hana.

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  • Waianapanapa State Park

    We enjoy swimming at the black sand beach & in the fresh water cave. There are coastline trails to explore, picnic areas, a shower to rinse off at & restrooms.

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  • Waianapanapa State ParkPro 2014
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    A stopoff on the famed 'Road to Hana' on Maui (and quite near to the town of Hana itself), the beach of black volcanic stone and the spiny flows of lava arches reaching out into the blue-green sea are pretty fantastic. Better still are the two freshwater cave pools a short walk away from the beach. Jump in and swim under the small crack in the cave wall to find a miniature grotto: very cool.

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  • Waianapanapa State ParkPro 2014
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    The best place for camping along the Road to Hana. The park also rents back-to-basics cabins that are big enough for groups of friends to hang out in for a few days, as long as you don't mind the bugs and can bring all your own supplies (e.g., groceries, beach towels, decks of cards). Come early in the morning before the day trippers arrive, and catch sunrise breaking over the waves.

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  • Waianapanapa State ParkCommunity ManagerPro 2014
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    Beach, caves, black sand, rocks to climb on, this park has it all! My first time jumping inside a fresh water cave was scary and thrilling. Another first is walking on black sand, it was rocky but so smooth. Years of mother nature's work transformed the lava rocks into smooth pebbles and grains. A fun road trip to take the family on to The Road to Hana, and definitely make a stop at this park!

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  • Waianapanapa State Park
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    Best for Dramatic Landscapes: Ranked No. 1 in its category, this protected Hawaiian beach may be small (only a quarter of a mile long), but it makes a big impression because of its black sand and abundance of spiny Hawaiian hala trees.

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  • Waianapanapa State Park

    Hike along the rocky shoreline (3 miles of trail), visit the black sand beach, walk through the beach cave, swim in a spring-fed pond.

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  • Waianapanapa State Park

    One of the true all Black Sand Beaches on Maui. Spend a fascinating day exploring the trails of this Park, including viewing a blow hole and hidden caves full of history.
    Absolutely beautiful! Go early to avoid the tour buses and day tourists.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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  • Waianapanapa State Park

    On the way to Hana and a must stop. In fact a great place for a picnic lunch. There is a beautiful, but small black sand beach. Spend some time and hike around. Be sure to bring the camera

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  • Waianapanapa State ParkAmbassadorPro 2014
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    Definitely stop here while on the Hana Highway. Its popularity makes it difficult to avoid the crowds of tourists or picnic-going families, but the scenery is worth it. Black sands make this beach unique, but the tide can be treacherous so...I'd advise against swimming.

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  • Waianapanapa State Park
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    This park has the famous "black sand" beach, grottos with underwater tunnels and cool rock formations. Camping as well.

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  • Waianapanapa State Park
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    Beautiful park and beach. Black pebbles line the shore, caves and coves dot the area. The surf was pretty rough when we were there so we didn't swim snorkel as planned. Nice little hike to some grottos. There is some camping and BBQ options so could be nice for longer stay if you have the gear. Definitely worth stopping enroute to Hana.

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    The park is awesome, perfect black pebbles on he beach, a walk to a hidden cave where you can snorkel, a walk along the beach etc. Awesome place

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  • Waianapanapa State Park
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    Beautiful spot! Great place to stand and watch waves crash on the rocks.

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  • Waianapanapa State Park

    Striking black sand beaches as well as seaside lava tubes, small arch and caves.

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    Beautiful stop on the Road to Hana

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Near the 32-mile marker on East Maui's Road to Hana, Waianapanapa State Park pulls in plenty of day trippers with its black-sand beach, lava blowholes, and a grassy campground and picnic area. Take a walk along the King's Highway, an ancient Hawaiian lava-rock trail that leads both north and south along the coast, passing archaeological sites, boulder-strewn beaches and fishing camps.

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4.5 out of 5
43 members' reviews
234 people visited Waianapanapa State Park

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