Black Sand Beach 2023 Reservations Guide (Waianapanapa State Park)

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Much of the island of Maui has been tragically impacted by recent fires, with the region known as West Maui being most affected and Historic Lahaina Town having been all but destroyed.

All fires are contained (or nearly so) at this point. Travel is safe and encouraged, outside of the West Maui region!

The Hawaii Tourism Authority message to tourists is to maintain travel plans to visit the island and to help support the local economy, but to be mindful and respectful of the hardships the locals are enduring, and to avoid the West Maui region.

You can find out more about the Hawaii fires and find the most current updates here: HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.

Ever since April 19, 2021, all non-resident visitors are required to have an advanced reservation for visiting Black Sand Beach in Waiʻānapanapa State Park.

According to the Hawaii Division of State Park, this requirement became necessary as visitation continued to grow exponentially, causing a strain on the land and resources.

Find out everything you need to know about the reservation requirements for this popular destination on the famous Road to Hana in Maui in this complete guide.


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☀️ Day-Use Reservation Info for Black Sand Beach / Waianapanapa State Park

Sunrise through a palm tree at Black Sand Beach Maui.

This section highlights all of the need-to-know information regarding permits and reservations for the park.

🤷 Who Requires a Permit for Black Sand Beach (Maui)?

Residents do not require a permit to visit, but all out-of-state visitors must show a valid reservation to visit the park.

This includes one reservation per vehicle for parking, if necessary, and one additional reservation per person who wishes to enter.

💰 Fees for Entering Black Sand Beach

Accurate as of Jan 2023, the fee for parking is $10 per vehicle, and the fee for entry is $5 per person. Each passenger must also have a reservation for entry, even if being dropped-off or visiting by foot or bike.

These reservations only permit day-use and are not valid for overnight stays or camping.

⏰ Timing Your Reservation for Black Sand Beach

Day-use reservations for Black Sand Beach must be made at least one day in advance.

Additionally, they must be made within 30 days of entry.

🚌 Black Sand Beach Tours

Long exposure photo of sunrise at Black Sand Beach Maui.

Black Sand Beach / Waiʻānapanapa State Park is the first in the Hawaiian state park system to integrate commercial tours into the reservation system.

This means that if you do not wish to book your own reservations or do not have your dates available, you can still visit the park with a commercial tour. Additionally, opting to book a tour rather than drive yourself means you can just sit back and enjoy the views along the windy road!

Below are some of the best Road to Hana tours, all including breakfast and lunch:

  • Road to Hana and Ka’eleku Cavern Small-Group Luxury Day Trip: 5/5 ⭐
    In addition to exploring the wonders of the Road to Hana, you will also tour the mysterious Ka’eleku Cavern. With up to 8 guests in a comfortable limo-van, you can avoid the crowds and enjoy the comforts of this luxury tour.
  • Small-Group Road to Hana Luxury Tour: 4.5/5 ⭐
    Enjoy this iconic Maui road, stopping at all the best sights in a deluxe limo-van with up to 8 guests. On this 10-hour tour, you will learn about Hawaiian culture and history from your professional guide, as well as have the option to take a dip in the ocean at the black sand beach or take a splash into a cascading waterfall.
  • Road to Hana Adventure: 4.5/5 ⭐
    This 12-hour, full-day tour will take you through the diverse and tropical beauty of the famous Road to Hana. Stops include Pai’a, Keanae, Wailua Falls, and Pua’a Ka’a State Park, as well as Wai’anapanapa State Park.

🎟 where to Book Your Reservations

If you are happy to visit on your own (without a tour), reservations must first be made through the Go Waiʻānapanapa website.

⛺️ Camping Reservations for Black Sand Beach / Waiʻānapanapa State Park

A view from a campsite high above Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach near Hana.

Camping is permitted within the park but permits are required for residents and non-residents alike. Discover everything you need to know about booking your camping reservation for Black Sand Beach below.

🚐 Black Sand Beach Camp Types

Waiʻānapanapa State Park allows camping via tent, most campervan models, and in basic cabins.

Advanced reservations are required for each and does not include parking fees.

Cabins have a 2-night minimum and only named guests are permitted.

💰 Black Sand Beach Camping Fees

Black Sand Beach from the overlook at Waianapanapa State Park.

Campsite Fees

  • Residents = $20 Per Night, Per Campsite
  • Non-Residents = $30 Per Night, Per Campsite

Cabin Fees

  • Resident = $70 Per Night, Per Cabin
  • Non-Residents = $100 Per Night, Per Cabin
    (2 night minimum)

🏠 Booking a Campsite / Cabin

Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance. Find out more information and book your reservations by clicking HERE.

🍍 More Maui Beaches & Travel Guides

A swimmer walking the shore of Red Sand Beach, Maui.
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Black Sand Beach is just one of countless incredible Maui secret beaches and scenic places to visit on the island. If you are still planning your visit to “the Valley Isle”, you may find some of these other regional guides useful!

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