Black Sand Beach Travel Guide
Maui’s Black Sand Beach, located on the island’s eastern shore, is a wonderful place to spend some time if you’re looking to get away from crowds or hoping to camp near the shore. There are two awesome rock formations to see in this area, as well, so if you’re interested in geology -- or just some really cool sights -- you’ll love this beach.
Check out the Black Sand Beach on your Road to Hana Adventure | Photo by dronepicr
About Maui’s Black Sand Beach
Maui’s Black Sand Beach is smaller than many of the beaches located on the island’s eastern shore, but it also doesn’t get as many visitors.
To find the beach, head east out of Kahului. After about two hours along the Road to Hana, you’ll turn left onto Honokalani Road. Then, turn left onto Waianapanapa Road and follow it until you arrive at the Honokalani parking lot. From Hana, head north and turn right onto Honokalani road.
Black and green relaxing combination with the sound of the sea | Photo by Forest and Kim Starr
Waianapanapa State Park
Maui’s Black Sand Beach is located within Waianapanapa State Park. If you’re looking to camp, there’s a campground for tents and cabins you can rent. You can book a site for $18 or a cabin for $90 per night here. If you’re camping with more than 6 people it will be an additional $2 for each person, not including children. There are bathrooms, outdoor showers, and drinking water stations available.
Be sure to bring your own tent and camping equipment as well. If you didn’t bring equipment to the Islands, not to worry. You can rent equipment from this outlet that delivers to your location.
Visit the Waianapanapa Lava Tube while you're here | Photo by dronepicr
Near the beach, you can also check out the natural lava tube cave if the tide is low. The sea arch located a little further east is also best viewed from the black sand beach as well. Both are impressive formations.
There’s not much left to see at the ancient Hawaiian cemetery, but it’s still an interesting presence to experience. Please be respectful in this area as this location is considered sacred in Hawaiian culture.
The famous Waiapanapanapa sea arch near the Black Sand Beach | Photo by Aaron Zhu