Affordable Maui Weddings coordinates weddings in South Maui. The weather is usually so perfect in this part of the island, that we specialize in this area. Because of years of experience, we know which beach locations are just right for the majority your Maui sunset wedding photography.
Our top choices are shown above — the locations that offer features most couples prefer for their beach wedding site: natural beauty, less chance of rain, and low wind.
Other beach wedding locations are available that also offer west facing views for memorable Maui sunset wedding photos.
South Maui Beaches
The beach is fairly large and off the beaten path, so fewer locals or tourists show up on its long sandy shore. Like all of Makena, the sunsets at White Rock are usually awesome and it is likely that you’ll have a golden sky for your sunset wedding.
PROS: Portable potty, and parking on both sides of the street, large natural property covered with kiawe trees between road and beach for nice photographic backdrop. The beach lower access road is off the main upper road, therefore less traveled. There is a large piece of natural property between the road and the actual beach.
CONS: None, White Rock is a favorite Maui beach wedding sites.
This location is one of the most popular Maui beach wedding sites. The beach is small, sheltered and difficult to find by the casual tourist. With rocks and sizable waves, it’s far less likely to be frequented by bathers and casual swimmers.
PROS: Amazing sunsets — an ideal choice for your sunset wedding! Offshore, over the islands of Kahoolawe and Molokini, the typical cloud cover makes for fiery orange sunsets, but seldom produce rain. Each evening, clouds from Haleakala slide off the volcano and down towards the sea toward Makena. There is a huge tree to help provide shade as well as flowers gracing the greenery on the rock wall during certain times of the year. A stone rock stairway leads right into the water and can be accessed at low tide.
CONS: This property is very small and popular so other weddings might be close to you. Tides have wiped out the entry, requiring a climb over rocks to get into the property, difficult for elderly or anyone with a physical handicap. At certain times of the year, during high tide, this beach can be completely covered in water. There is no portable potty at this location.
We’ve coordinated many Maui beach weddings at Makena Surf, one of our “go-to” choices because of the varied looks it has to offer. It is a little more private than Po’olenalena because of the distance from parking, but it still has a long curving sandy beach off in the distance.
PROS: Chances are good that few others will be on the beach during your ceremony. Palm trees, occasional outcroppings of lava rock on a long beach stretching off in the distance to the north make a scenic backdrop. In some areas, ivy covers on the hillside providing a different, greener look. Located a short walk from Makena Surf resort.
CONS: There are no restroom facilities at Makena Surf and the parking is limited. The beach is locked one half hour after sunset, so it is imperative that you finish up and leave quickly once the sun sets.
This Maui wedding beach is private and secluded, with parking and a portable potty nearby. The beach is a hidden and out of the way requiring couples to walk over a small lava rock hill to reach it.
PROS: Secluded, private location with a very photographic beach.
CONS: The beach is not for those who cannot take on a short hike, and then step down from a few lava rocks on the far side. Parking is actually at Po’Olenalena Beach and then you take a short hike to this secluded beach.
West Side Maui Beaches
This half-moon shaped bay is a popular swimming and snorkeling site and plays host to many weddings. Two grassy bluffs surround the bay and they form a rather dramatic view on either side of the Bay. Off shore you’ll see the islands of Molokai and Lanai.
PROS: A public walkway with grassy areas provides a backdrop for portraits of you to enhance your pictures, but the grassy hills are not supposed to be used for commercial photography. Good bathroom facility with stairs leading down to the beach. Walking distance to Merriman’s restaurant with lots of good parking.
CONS: Because this beach is a popular swimming and snorkeling beach, you will see many bathers. Fortunately, their numbers drop off as the sunset approaches, so there will be less people around as twilight approaches.
Baby beach gets its name from the fact that there are usually only small waves at this little beach, making it a good beach for toddlers. That means it’s likely you will have a lot of families with small children in the background.
PROS: Located in Lahaina, this is a good beach for wedding couples who want to get married close to civilization. This is a good beach for couples who want to get married on Maui while they are on a cruise (with the cruise ship in the background).
CONS: Not a good choice for couples who want great pictures. Only about ½ mile from the pier. The beach is narrow, so there isn’t much room to navigate.
North Shore Maui Beach
Mama’s Fish House Beach
This is a small beach on the north shore right in front of Mama’s Fish House. The sunset here will not be as dramatic due to the north facing orientation, but if you are one of those early risers and want to catch a sunrise without having to drive all the way to Hana, this might be an option for you.
PROS: Great for a small wedding party that is planning to have dinner at Mama’s.
CONS: No public bathroom facilities and limited parking.
Let us help you choose the location for your Maui beach wedding!