Best Beaches for your Maui Photography Experience

Updated: Dec 16, 2021


Colleen’s Captures Top Beaches

In a place as flawlessly beautiful as Maui, it is hard to go wrong when choosing a beach for your photo session—which makes choosing even more difficult! We have created a list that narrows Maui’s beaches down to the best of the best for your photography experience!

Top Three Favorite Locations

1. Kapalua Ironwoods (Napili)

  • This beach has easily accessible cliffs and beautiful 360 views, making for a dynamic session always as well as long beaches, lush greenery, and a unique beautiful boardwalk.

  • Please note this beach does not have public restrooms.

  • This can be a little difficult for anyone who has any physical disabilities.

  • Parking is limited and you may have to walk 2-5 minutes from nearby locations to get to the entrance of the beach.

2. Po’olenalena Beach (Wailea)

  • There is something extra special about Po'olenalena. This gorgeous wide-open beach looks out on Kaho'olawe, the Weather Isle. Catching sunsets with colorful, expansive cloud-scapes are not few and far between!

  • The sand has a nice yellow-earthy tone as well as a few black contrasting volcanic rocks.

  • Porta potties are available on site

  • A lot of parking spots are available at this location

3. Baby Beach (Paia)

  • This location is good for its calm water, lovely rock-red-rock area, and, if you are lucky you might be able to get a turtle sighting!

  • Best for sunrise sessions with the sun coming over the Northside of the coast

  • Great for spotting a rainbow

  • No public restrooms

  • Features gorgeous beaches and occasional large black rocks

  • Windy for sunsets


1. Wailea Beach

  • As with most South Side beaches, the sunsets here are extra stunning.

  • Plus, the generous sprinkling of plants adds a great touch to photos

2. Secret Cove Beach aka Makena Cove

  • This location has a lot going for it: a cozy atmosphere, magical waves, volcanic rocks, palms trees, and all things Hawaii

  • The nickname for Makena Cove is "Wedding Beach" for a reason, you might be sharing this location with 1-2 other weddings because of the stunning location that it is. If you are looking to have this spot all to yourself, I recommend booking it for sunrise!


1. Keawakapu

  • The lava rock settled on the water's edge and the West Maui mountains in view make for portraits with an eye-catching composition.

2. Sugar Beach

  • Sugar beach is a fairly long beach that makes for great wide shots and an adventurous time exploring.


Ho’okipa Beach Park

The cliffs, the waves, the view of Wai Side/the north loop: unbeatable. It is also sometimes called turtle beach!