Beaches are fun. And while time in the sun is just about always a great way to spend the day, not having the right stuff when you start digging your feet in the sand is the best way to rain on your otherwise rainy day. On this page, you'll find our comprehensive list of beach gear that we like to check against when we go out to hit the sand and surf.
Here's a list of our recommend things to bring to the beach on Maui:
Obvious, but we've forgotten it before. You could always swim in your clothes though.
While it's easy to air dry in the warmth of Maui's sun, there are a handful of great easy and packable options that will help you dry off and relax on the beach. And that's the way it should be.
There's just about zero chance that you will not get sand in your shoes. Sandals are the way to go on the island. Merrell's are a great option because they protect the feet like shoes and are rinsable and are still open like sandals. The best of both worlds.
This is a must.
This is one of the better masks for snorkeling. One of the most significant things to consider when choosing a mask is comfort and how long you can use it before it starts to get uncomfortable. This is one of the most comfortable masks we've tried and it comes with a neoprene strap so that the rubber isn't pulling on your hair on the back of your head.
While still a quality mask, here's a less expensive option.
If you're not used to ocean water or using fins, you'll be amazed at the difference. For every one kick while wearing the fins, it would take the average person three or four kicks without them. And if you're looking to do a little exploring underwater, good fins are a must. For freediving, the longer the fins, there better.
This is also a great option for those looking to save a little money. The quality isn't as good as the GoPro 5, however if you are willing to sacrifice a little of the quality for a lot of the money, you can get this 4k camera with a waterproof housing for around $70.
Your phone is your lifeline. Especially now, when going without the phone for longer than an hour seems like you stranded yourself on an island (which is not necessarily a bad thing.) Protect your phone with a little insurance and use a waterproof phone case. This is a one-size-fits-all type deal and they tend to have a lifespan so don't abuse them too much. They're cheap enough you could get a couple for when they start to deteriorate. Best course of action is to swap them out after a handful of uses, but we have used one for as long as a month before without issue. Use your discretion, but if we can offer some advice, use one of these.
When you're in the ocean, you'll see a lot of different kinds of Marine life. Fish, coral, sea urchins. There are times when you may get swept away by the water or get taken by a rogue wave. In order to protect your feet from getting sliced up, it would be a good idea to have some water shoes on. These Vibram Fivefingers offer great protection for the feet, make it feel as if you're barefoot and keep your feet from getting lacerated if (and eventually when) you get swept away.
Food / Snacks
External Battery Charger / Solar Charger
It's easy to forget your electronics need a charge to run, until they run out of power. This nifty device allows you to bring an extra full charge or two anywhere and, if you're there long enough, you can charge it out there in the sun. Water resistant and dust proof, this little beast is just what you need for your time in the outdoors.
Nook / Kobo Aura H20 Ereader
This is a good portable book that you can take anywhere that will tell you of a good chunk of the things-to-do's on Maui. You don't have to worry about keeping it charged, either. Plan your next adventure while sitting on the beach.
It's easy to let the thought lapse that water is not an issue, being surrounded by water and all. It is important to stay hydrated while hiking around. Using a camelbak is a simple way to make sure you have a water supply for you and your plus one. If you want to go really minimalistic, you can use a water filter such as the Sawyer Water filter or Lifestraw, but make sure you only use it on fresh water inland. It doesn't work on sea water.
Inflatable standup paddleboards are great. They fold up to the size of a small backpack, so you can throw it and the pump in trunk and forget about it until you want to use it. It needs the special high-pressure pump to fill up the paddleboard to the point where it feels solid and sturdy, but when it's pumped fully, you would barely notice that it's inflatable when standing on it.
Beach Toys (Frisbee)
Surf Leggings for Women
This was a recommendation for this list by one of the surf instructors with our favorite Surf Academy, Maui Surfer Girls. Not unlike a wetsuit, it helps keep you warm, acts as sun protection and just adds some style to your ride.