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Five Coastal Trails on Maui to Try
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker to complete any of the Maui trails on this list. Most are between one and three miles (depending how far you would like to go), have very little elevation gain, and hug the coastline, which means you will have beautiful views inspiring you along the way. Some of the trails are even paved for the entirety, making them great options for a morning or sunset jog.
Kealia Coastal Boardwalk: Meandering parallel to the coastline, a wooden boardwalk in Kihei/Maalaea guides you over the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Numerous shaded pavilions along the walk provide the perfect vantage point for prime bird watching. Signage along the boardwalk details the native and endangered birds you can spot in the area such as the Hawaiian Stilt. Even if you aren’t a bird enthusiast, the views of the ocean and West Maui Mountains from this elevated boardwalk will leave a lasting memory.
Kapalua Coastal Trail: If vacationing on the west side of Maui (Lahaina, Kaanapali, Napili, Kapalua), we recommend carving out an hour or two to explore the Kapalua Coastal Trail. The 1.76-mile trail alters between pavement, boardwalk, dirt, lava rock, and sand as you traverse the coastline between D.T. Fleming Beach Park and Kapalua Bay. Walk past ocean cliffs, white sand beaches, and beautiful oceanfront homes.
Wailea Beach Walk: Looking for the perfect jogging trail on Maui? Look no further! The Wailea Beach Walk is a paved oceanfront path spanning 1.6 miles passing four- and five-star Wailea resorts and vacation condos along the way. Walk the path at sunset and you may even catch the sights and sounds of a hotel luau along the way. The beach walk starts at Ulua Beach in Wailea and ends at Polo Beach that fronts the Fairmont Kea Lani. If vacationing during the holiday season, you may even spot a celebrity or two getting their exercise.
‘Ohai Trail: This loop trail is just over a mile long and located on the west side of Maui past Kapalua between mile markers 40 and 41 on Hwy 340. You will see a little paved parking lot with room for about eight cars. Traverse through a variety of terrains and rock formations and even walk along side some steep ocean cliffs that have been formed by thousands of years of waves pounding against them.
Kaanapali Beach Walk: Similar to the Wailea Beach Walk, this paved oceanfront beach path passes all the great hotels and condo resorts in Kaanapali. Technically the entire walk is around 5 miles, but most visitors either do the southern section (which runs from the Hyatt Maui to Black Rock/The Sheraton Maui) or the northern section (which runs from the Honua Kai to just North of Black Rock). Whaler’s Village is conveniently positioned about halfway along the southern route, providing a great stopping point for grabbing a coffee or refreshment along the way. If you walk the trail at sunset, you will get to watch the catamarans docking right along Kaanapali Beach dropping off passengers who booked sunset sails.