During my first trip to Maui, I spent most of my vacation at the beach. Out of all the Hawaiian islands, I have visited Maui has the best beaches by far. The other islands I love for different reasons, but Maui is the place to be for a lazy day of laying in the sand or for a day of exciting discoveries snorkeling around the coral reefs.
Where we were staying at the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Villas there was a long stretch of the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. It was the perfect spot for taking a morning stroll, or a morning run along the boardwalk, the best spot for sunsets, and a prime location for snorkeling and scuba diving.
But if your not looking to snorkel or scuba dive and rather are looking for a nice swim without the worry of stepping on sharp coral, Kaanapali beach is not the place. After wondering around this side of the island for a few days we were ready to adventure a little further to explore another town in Maui called Kihei.
Kihei is on the sunniest side of the island, located south of Kaanapali, and boy you can feel the sun blazing, especially on the sand. We randomly came across a beach called Kalepolepo Beach which turned out to be a great spot to hang out in the sun for the day. What makes this side of the island the most ideal spot for a day at the beach is the view. As you look out into the ocean you can see three other Hawaiian islands off in the distance Molokini, Lanai, and Kahoolawe.
Molokini is a small crescent moon shaped island that is a tourist hot spot for snorkeling or scuba diving. Lanai is one of the last Hawaiian islands that I haven’t seen yet and it is only 9 miles away from Maui. There are ferries that can take you to the island but it is pretty pricey. I imagine it is one of the best islands for a more secluded island experience. Kahoolawe is an island that is off limits. But when you hear that a Hawaiian island is off limits you can’t help but be curious as to what kind of magnificent sights you may be missing. I know it is making my wanderlust instincts kick in. I got to find a way to see this island some day.
When I spend a day at the beach I have to make sure I have all of the sun protection because I burn in a matter of minutes in direct sun. I always go for the shaded areas, under trees or umbrellas. And if I am laying on the beach I will cover my legs with long lightweight pants or a towel. A large sun hat is a must to avoid any severe sun damage to my face. I do not risk any chances of skin cancer. Also whenever you are entering the ocean it is important to opt for a reef safe sunscreen. The chemical free products that you can buy at most stores keep the sea life safe and you safe.
My beach style is protective without losing my flair for style. This outfit was an easy thrown together look. I naturally stick with the modest, and classic 1950’s inspiration with most of my outfits and have always been drawn to the retro beach styles of this day in age. This high wasted pink polka dot bikini from Albion Fit and coastal sand colored striped pants from Faithfull the Brand is the perfect mixed print pair for a luxurious stay in Maui. The woven slide sandals are from one of my new favorite Australian brands, St. Agni. They are the perfect finishing touch that adds texture and a vintage feel to any beach or summer outfit. The basic net bag is an easy beach bag to pack in a suitcase and can be used for groceries too! A versatile bag when traveling is essential when you are an over packer like me.