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Wailea Beaches

Wailea’s beaches are a mix of cabana-dotted, manicured resort beaches (all beaches in Hawaii are public), to hidden, less traveled stretches of sand. Public parking is at more of a premium in Wailea, but there are designated beach parking lots that are nearly invisible to the driving eye. Located just South of Kihei, Wailea’s resort properties are nearly all gated, and many have immediate beach access.

One of South Maui’s wonderful morning options is a walk on the Wailea Beach Path, which weaves above the shoreline between the Andaz and Fairmont Kea Lani resorts. There’s no better way to get a sense of ocean front Wailea, and the path offers direct access to Mokapu, Ulua, Wailea, and Polo Beaches – four beautiful beaches. The path takes you by the incredible new Andaz Resort, Grand Wailea, and the totally renovated Wailea Beach Resort (formerly The Marriott). Keep moving, and in front of the Andaz, the Wailea Beach Path begins. Here you’ll discover a Maui treasure, an expansive beach that embraces all the island’s sun-based pursuits with equal excellence. The coffee kiosk located beach front at the Wailea Beach Resort may have the best view of any coffee kiosk, and their brews rock just as much.

The path is a wonderfully scenic blend of manicured tropical growth, opulent resort living, beach front condo options, and a great mix of local and visiting foot-traffic, some in hurry, some not so much.

Keawakapu Beach

So nice, we've listed it twice! Technically the North end of Keawakapu beach is in Kihei, , it extends into Wailea and bridges the two communities. Walk a few hundred yards south of the 5 Palms entrance point, and you’ll see the Wailea Ekahi, first of several Wailea condo resorts that sit on or very close to the beach. Aquarium-level snorkeling (in front of Mana Kai), easy Stand Up Paddle boarding and Kayaking access (and beach front rentals), spectacular sunsets, great swimming, and a mix of seasoned Maui locals and vacationers: this beach has it all. Parking lot on S. Kihei Rd. and Kilohana Dr., with a foot path (and shower) across the street. No public restrooms.

Ulua Beach

Abeautiful white-sand beach that is separated from Mokapu by a lava outcropping. A beach parking lot is between the two. It fills up quickly during high season but if you get lucky, it’s super convenient. Ulua Beach is directly in front of the Wailea Elua Village, and on most mornings, you’ll see dive instructors with students in tow. You don’t have to go deep to see beautiful ocean wildlife here – the reef is vibrant, the snorkeling wonderful.

Mokapu Beach

On the other side of the rocky outcropping that separates Ulua Beach from Mokapu beach, sits “the sacred island” referring to the small islet that used to sit just off shore. While these rocky islets were all but destroyed during WWII combat training, the remains offer excellent swimming, great snorkeling and boogie boarding. As with all the great snorkeling spots, the earlier the better for both parking, calmness, and visibility.

Wailea Beach

Located between the majestic Grand Wailea and the Four Seasons Resorts – and practically across the street from one of our favorite condo properties (Ho’olei) -- Wailea Beach is a wide, pristine, and inviting beach that is as hospitable to sun fun as it is picture perfect. A frequent member of the “world’s best” list. Conditions vary here, and on days with big waves, stay out. Mild conditions prevail mostly, with great swimming, body boarding, and snorkeling (at both ends of the beach). Two nearby iconic resorts can mean big crowds. Showers and bathrooms, no lifeguards.
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