Waianapanapa State Park
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 86%Adventure Travelers
- 86%Family Travelers
- 74%History Buffs
- 68%Green Travelers
- 63%Budget Travelers
- 57%Local Culture
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- Waianapanapa State ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAdventure TravelersMar 27, 2014
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.Recommended for:
- Waianapanapa State ParkMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersOct 20, 2013
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.Recommended for:
- Waianapanapa State ParkCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Sep 10, 2013
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!Recommended for:
- Waianapanapa State ParkMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersAug 02, 2013
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.Recommended for:
- Waianapanapa State ParkMay 11, 2013
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:
- Waianapanapa State ParkAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 10, 2013
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.Recommended for:
- Waianapanapa State ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersVegetarianJul 04, 2012
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.