Once designated the world’s best beach by Ernest Hemingway, Hamoa Beach is one of Maui’s most beloved destinations by locals and travelers alike. The picturesque and remote piece of paradise has also received titles such as the “5th Best Beach in the World” by National Geographic and has continuously ranked in the top of Dr. Beach’s list of Best in America.

Hamoa is rich with history and Hawaiian legend amongst locals. The Puhele (waves) of these waters are said to have once been reserved for royalty, until a brave daughter of a Hana Chief set out to surf them herself and allowing others to join. Another shares that the bones of Pele, Hawaiian Goddess of Volcanos and Fire are buried at Ka Iwi O Pele, the cinder cone located on the far side of Hamoa Beach.

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Today, the 1,000-foot-long beach is lined with steep sea cliffs of lava rock, which keeps it relatively secluded and creates a quiet and serene setting for families, solo travelers, couples and locals.

Located just past Hana on Haneoo Road, Hamoa is a quick ride on Travaasa’s shuttle service from the resort. Upon arrival, beach-goers will be greeted with soft, salt and pepper sand shaded with Hala trees and crystal clear water for swimming.

Adventure enthusiasts will also have “a day at the beach” with the numerous ocean activities available, including snorkeling, SCUBA diving, bodyboarding, surfing and stand-up paddle boarding.

In addition to the daily shuttle service, Travaasa also has a dedicated concierge for resort guests visiting Hamoa, which can order lunches, provide bottled water, sunscreen, beach equipment and everything needed to enjoy the destination.

After spending the afternoon here, take advantage of Hamoa’s idyllic location for exploring some of Maui’s most exciting destinations nearby, including Hana Bay, the black sand beach of Wai’anapanapa, Seven Sacred Pools, Hana Caves, Wailua Falls and more along the famous Road to Hana.