The island of Maui boasts more than 30 miles of pristine beaches and colorful sands ranging from shell white, volcanic ash black to deep ruby red. With more swimmable miles than any other island in Hawaii, Maui is your stepping-stone to experience a classic Maui day filled with sun, surf and sand. Whether it’s an exhilarating venture out on the Pacific to surf, snorkel or kitesurf or a low-key day spent sunbathing or building sand castles, the choices are endless and the backdrops epic.
Below is a sampling of some of our favorite beaches and ocean activities. For planning assistance, please call (808) 891-4506 or email WBVConcierge@DestinationHotels.com.
Beaches of Wailea
- Keawakapu Beach – A long sandy beach at the boundary of Kihei and Wailea, there are exceptionally alive tidepools and good snorkeling around the outcropping on the north end. On the southern end, there are also pockets for snorkeling and avid swimmers enjoy doing laps along the entire length of the beach
- Mokapu Beach – A quarter-mile long sandy beach whose name means “sacred island,” Mokapu Beach offers good swimming, snorkeling and boogie boarding around the rocky outcrop to the south. Snorkeling around the point that separates the two beaches is regarded some of the best on Maui.
- Polo Beach – A pair of beautiful sandy crescents join to form Ke One o Polo, also known as Polo Beach. Snorkeling is excellent during calm seas around the rocky point to the north end of the beach. Boogie boarding is good when a south swell comes in. Sandy entry and gentle slope makes swimming and playing in the water a pleasure.
- Ulua Beach – Fronting the Wailea Elua Village and named after one of the most popular Hawaiian game fish, Ulua Beach is a quarter-mile beach perfect for beginner level dives just at the outer reef. Enjoy swimming, boogie boarding and excellent beginner to intermediate snorkeling around the rocky outcrop on the north end of the beach.
- Wailea Beach – Consistently rated one of the world’s best beaches, Wailea is beach perfection with views of Kaho’olawe, Molokini and Lana’i. Snorkeling is very good around the rocky outcroppings that define both ends of the beach. Boogie boarding and body surfing are also fun in the regularly formed, small waves and gentle slope.
Beaches of Makena
- La Perouse Bay – Located at the most southern point you can travel by car on this coastline, the area around La Perouse Bay Area was formed during a 1790 volcanic eruption on Maui that created its signature lava rock shoreline. Protected from strong currents, the small coves along the northern end of the bay in the nature reserve are great for snorkeling.
- Makena Bay/Landing – Scenic with a gentle sandy entry into the bay, Makena Bay/Landing is a well-used cove and landing for kayaking, fishing, snorkeling and shore dives. With an abundance of sea turtles and other marine life on the northern side (Nahuna Point), this large bay is a wonderful place to learn to snorkel and explore shallow reefs.
- Makena Beach – A beautiful and uncharacteristically wide sandy beach, Makena Beach is popular among extreme athletes for the big and powerful waves that break right at the water’s edge. Known as Big Beach or Oneloa Beach, this beach is your front row ticket to some of the most thrilling boogie boarding you’re likely to see during your visit.
- Maluaka Beach – Just south of Wailea in famed Turtle Town, Maluaka Beach teems with fish and marine life, including its high population of Hawaiian green sea turtles. Hidden behind the mountain of Haleakala and protected from Hawaii’s trade winds, the beach’s calm waters make for great swimming, boating, fishing and snorkeling.
- Po’olenalena Beach – Also known as Paipu Beach, Po’olenalena Beach is a beautiful beach with a sandy bottom entry sloped gently for pleasant swimming and playing. Snorkeling is excellent around the rocky outcroppings at the south end of the beach. Boogie boarding is good during south swells and perfect for kiddies or beginners when seas are calm.
Top Ocean Activities in Maui
With more than 120 miles of coastline, you will find it challenging to resist the call of the Pacific’s crystalline blue waters. Set your pace with one of these popular ocean activities ranging from challenging to relaxing. For help planning your outing, stop by our concierge for assistance.
- Body boarding
- Kite Surfing
- Marine life tours/cruises
- Scuba diving
- Skim boarding
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Surfing (surfing safaris)