North Shore beaches
Kuau Bay beach (also called: Mama's Beach):
Just walk out of the house and turn left towards the ocean. Walk about 30 yards until you see a wide stairway under some trees. After these stairs, walk about 10 yards more while looking to the right for the path to the beach between two walls. From the house, it takes less than a minute to have your feet on the sand and in the water. The beach can also be reached via the back entrance door to Mama's restaurant.
Ho'okipa is a white sand beach. It is know as one of the best windsurfing spots in the world. Ho'okipa holds many professional contests each year. It also is a popular surfing spot.
Directions from the house: Take Hana Hwy 36 in the direction of Hana (left at the stop sign), drive 1/2 mile and look for the lookout entrance on your left. You can park your car at the very top and enjoy the view then drive down and park your car by the pavilion. If you go to the very right on the sand, right by the cliff, that area of the beach will allow you to get in and out the water. It is the safest area for swimmers. In the evenings, enjoy watching, but please respect, the large turtles that will come up onto the beach for a snooze.
Paia Bay Beach:
Paia Bay Beach is a nice beach that is popular with the locals. You will find fishermen, surfers, boogie-borders, swimmers and sunbathers.
Directions from the house: Take Hana Hwy 36 to Paia (right at the stop sign). Paia Bay beach is on the right just after Paia town. You will see the park, basketball court, and the skateboard park.
Baldwin is a long, very white sand beach that is never very crowded. You can always find yourself a spot all to yourself. Great for walking, running, sunbathing and at the far right end, swimming.
Directions from the house: Take Hana Hwy 36 to Paia (right at the stop sign). Baldwin Beach is about a mile after you drive through town on the right hand side. Look for the beach park sign and the very tall and skiny coconut trees.
Baby Beach is a beautiful, small, less-known beach and protected reef-lagoon that connects to the far left hand side of Baldwin Beach. An exposed stretch of reef, connected to a rocky red-dirt point on the west end of the beach creates a calm lagoon protected from the ocean waves. This lagoon is perfect for children and adults who want to swim or snorkel and view small reef fish in a protected environment. It is also a great place to swim laps or just and hang out on the beach soaking in the scenery.
Backing the beach are large sand dunes and a wooded area between the beach, some beach homes and the Maui Country Club. This area is a favorite for kids (and adults) to explore. There are also impressive views all along the coastline.
Directions from the house: Take Hana Hwy 36 to Paia (right at the stop sign) about two miles after you drive through town on the right hand side (about a mile past the Baldwin Beach park entrance). Look for Nonohe Pl. and turn right. After about a quarter mile, turn right on Paani Pl. Go for about 50 yards, then turn left onto Kealakai Pl. Follow this down to the rocky red-dirt point where one can park.
Tavares is a medium sized crescent shaped white sand beach with easy access and a large parking area. A popular surfing, boogie-boarding & swimming spot.
Directions from the house: Take Hana Hwy 36 to Paia (right at the stop sign). Tavares Beach will be found before you reach the town. The access is not well marked. It is on the right hand side and there is a small blue "beach access" sign on the left side of the road across from the short gravel road into the parking area. If you see Kuau Beach Pl. you've gone about 100 yards too far, or if you see the Mission on the right and the church on the left, turn around and slowly back-track until you spot the entrance.