Hāmoa Beach, Hawaii 96713, USA
Hāmoa BeachMark Twain and James A. Michener have both sung the praises of this isolated beauty of Hāmoa. Sandy, sheltered, and dripping in palms, this remote stretch of shoreline on Maui’s eastern tip can make a case for the island’s best beach. Nevertheless, despite its fame and the inarguable beauty, Hāmoa is often more empty than full. That’s due to visitors charging blithely along the 52-mile Road to Hana, aka “the Divorce Highway,” because of the stress the legendary drive can induce. Save your relationships and blood-pressure by spending a night in Hana. Then you can linger on this lovely salt-and-pepper strand, cradled by sea cliffs and complete with shade, showers, and superb body-surfing!
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over 5 years ago
Lazy Days at the Best Beach in Maui
Legendary travels scribes from Michener to Twain have written of the beauty of lonely Hamoa. Sandy, sheltered, and dripping in palms, this remote stretch of shoreline on the eastern tip of Maui can make a case for Maui's best beach. Nevertheless, despite the fame and the inarguable beauty, Hamoa is often more empty than full. The reason? One of the biggest mistakes of Maui visitors is rushing the famous "Road to Hana," a lush ribbon of twisting asphalt that is a struggle to accomplish in a single day. A better plan is to spend a night in Hana so you can linger with banana bread, bathe beneath waterfalls, and not have to bypass places like Hamoa. Then again, people like this stand-up paddler with the wave to himself might prefer you keep driving and simply pass it by.