Paia Secret Beach (Maui): The COMPLETE Guide + Photos

Paia Secret Beach Maui blog cover.  Text overlaying an image of white sand and teal waters at Paia Secret Beach in Maui.

Paia Secret Beach is a clothing-optional extension of the popular Paia Bay on the North Shore of Maui.

While the sand is not as soft and inviting as the main section of the beach, solitude is a near certainty. Visitors can expect coarse golden sand and tropically-colored waters, and should expect to encounter a few nude beachgoers as well.

Find out how to find Paia Secret Beach in Maui, what to expect from a visit, and everything else you need to know for planning your trip in this complete guide.

Paia Secret Beach Photo Gallery

The photos in this gallery showcase the natural beauty and colors of Paia Secret Beach.

  • A photo showing where Paia Secret Beach begins

Paia Secret Beach Overview

Lava rock dot the shoreline at Paia Secret Beach on the Hana Hwy in Maui.

SERVICES

  • Nearest Town: Paia
  • Public Bathrooms & Showers: Available at Paia Beach Park, but not at the secret beach.
  • Picnic Benches? No.
  • Lifeguard? No.

DESCRIPTION

Landscape photography from Paia Secret Beach Maui

Tucked between Paia Bay and Baldwin Beach Park, Paia Secret Beach features white sand that is very coarse and lacks the tropical feeling of most of Maui’s beaches. Rather than swaying palms and soft sand, this shoreline is lined with sparse vegetation, trees, and bushes.

While it is not the most photogenic destination, the appeal of this hidden beach is its ease of access and isolation.

The rocks by the World War II pillbox, at the eastern end of the beach, provide a shallow pool that is perfect for little ones to play in. However, riptides can be strong along the rest of the beach and there are no lifeguards present so use caution when swimming here.

The graffiti box and water pipe seen in this photo are the best indicators that you've found Paia Secret Beach.

It is connected to the main Paia Bay via a short overland trail that separates the two and can also be accessed via Baldwin Beach Park. Direct vehicle access is only available for Maui residents with a key to the gate.

At the weekends you are likely to spot at least one local family fishing here. Otherwise, it is not uncommon to have the beach to yourself!

Be aware that this is unofficially a clothing-optional beach. This means you are likely to encounter other beachgoers enjoying their time in the nude. The west end of the beach, opposite the graffitied World War II pillbox, is typically where you’ll see more nudity.

How to Get to Paia Secret Beach

A satellite view showing the beaches along Hana Hwy on the Maui north shore.

To reach Paia Secret Beach you will need to park at Paia Bay (0.2-mile walk) or Baldwin Beach Park (0.3-mile walk) and walk from there. Vehicle access is provided only for Maui residents, with 4WD and a key to the gated private access road required.

Once you reach the beach at Paia Bay, head west (turn left as you’re facing the ocean) and walk up and over the small vegetated area at the far end of the beach. Alternatively, from Baldwin Beach Park, head east and follow the red dirt path along the rock sea wall at the end of the beach.

With Navigation: Set your navigation for “Lower Paia Park” or “Baldwin Beach Park“. Google Maps will bring you to the respective parking lot.

General Directions: Take the Hana Hwy toward the small tourist town of Paia. Most visitors will be traveling from the west. You will want to turn left onto Alawaia Road for Baldwin Beach Park, or left into Lower Paia Park. If you are driving in from the east, you will continue through Paia then your turn will be on the right.

When to Visit

Blue skies over Paia Secret Beach in Maui

Any sunny day is a good time to visit the beaches near Paia. It is not a particularly good sunset destination as the view is mostly north-facing and the westerly views are obstructed by the West Maui Mountains. Likewise, the easterly views for sunrise are obstructed.

High tides limit the amount of beach available. However, you will never struggle to find a spot of sand on this plentiful shoreline.

Other Relevant Maui Guides

A swimmer walks the shores of Red Sand Beach in Maui.
While you’re driving the Hana Hwy, be sure to check out more of Maui’s best secret beaches. Learn all about Red Sand Beach in this complete guide.

Before you go, you may want to skim some of the titles for other relevant Maui guides below. Ensure you do not miss any epic beaches, sunset destinations, or noteworthy things to do during your visit to the Valley Isle!

NORTH SHORE OF MAUI: All the best beaches and things to do on Maui’s North Shore.
HAWAII PACKING LIST: A printable essential packing list + 25 useful items to consider
5-7 DAY MAUI ITINERARY: How to see the entire island in one week or less
BEST MAUI PHOTO SPOTS: 15 best places for photographing Maui
MAUI SUNSETS: The Top 10 places & activities for watching sunset in Maui
SECRET BEACHES OF MAUI: A guide to the best hidden beaches on the island.

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