🏝 North Paia Beach (Maui): The Complete 2024 Guide

North Paia Beach, Maui blog post cover.  Text overlaying an image of the sand and ocean at North Paia Beach.

North Paia Beach is a small, unmarked sand beach on the Maui North Shore. The sand is coarse and not particularly photogenic nor inviting for swimming or sunbathing, but it is a very popular place for kiteboarding.

This secret beach is located near Paia, one of the best, most popular towns to visit in Maui.

Find pictures, services, directions, and other useful information in this complete guide to North Paia Beach below.

🧭 How to Get to North Paia Beach

Use the directions below to find parking at the beach. Once you have, you will have to cross a busy road and high-step the guard rail to get down to the beach below.

Satellite image of North Paia Beach and surrounding landmarks.
Satellite image of North Paia Beach and surrounding landmarks.

With Navigation: Input “Kiteboarding Hawaii” into your navigation for directions to the parking area.

General Directions: You will find North Paia Beach on the Hana Hwy as you travel east toward Hana. It is located just a quarter-mile past Mama’s Fish House traveling east, or a half-mile past Hookipa if traveling west.

🌴 North Paia Beach General Information

A moody day at North Paia beach in Maui.
A moody day at North Paia beach in Maui.


  • Nearest Town: Paia
  • Public Bathrooms? No – the nearest restrooms are in Paia or Hookipa Beach Park.
  • Picnic Benches? No
  • Showers? No
  • Grills? No
  • Lifeguard? No


The small beach at North Paia is not a typical tourist destination as the sand is coarse and filled with debris, with no services offered.

There is also no signage nor official parking area, though a large dirt shoulder across the road typically has parking available.

North Paia Beach is primarily used for kitesurfing and locals fishing from the shore.

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Adam Marland is a professional travel blogger and landscape photographer from Oregon. After over a decade of experience as a freelance travel photographer, Adam found national acclaim when he became the National Park Foundation's β€œChief Exploration Officer” in 2021.

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