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January + February 2010 » Washington Trails

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Head for the Black, Red and Tan Beaches

Eventually it’s time to head to the beaches. The choices are many, including seclusion (pos- sible), views (always impressive) and even sand color (take your pick).

Does Maui have it all? As far as we could tell, it has everything except an overlook to ooh and aah over red-hot flowing lava. The incred- ible number of recreational opportunities here could keep you busy for a week, a month or a lifetime. t

If it’s seclusion you seek, it is generally best to stay away from the resort stretch with few views of rocky outcroppings. On the other hand, resorts offer a convenient home base.

Finding black and red beaches takes a little more effort, but the novelty is appealing. In east Maui, the striking Honokalani Black Sand Beach is located in the Wai’napanapa State Park. Even if you don’t have time to walk down, there is a view that captures the setting among lava cliffs.

AT LEFT, ABOVE: As the sun moves across Haleakala, it transforms the landscape into a palette of colors including shades of browns, grays and reds.

AT LEFT, BELOW: Colorful tropical fish and coral are accessible if you have a mask and can float. Both photos by Ron Dahlquist Pho- tography.

Kaihalulu Beach, also known as Red Sand Beach, is an isolated beach south of Hana Bay that takes a determined walker to navigate the challenging path, particularly after rain.

While there are hundreds of beaches on Maui, the most highly rated beach in America, according to several sources who rate such things, is Wailea Beach on the south shore, complete with resorts.

The decision to head to the beach can be made on the spur of the moment on Maui. All along Highway 30, on the west side, you’ll find easy to access “pocket parks” which help spread out the beach-going population.

If You Go

Maui Visitors Bureau (800) 525-6284, www.visitmaui.com Haleakala National Park (808) 572-4400, www.nps.gov/hale Hana Lava Tube (808) 248-7308, www.mauicave.com Maui Snorkel Tours

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