Wailea and Kihei are two of the most Aloha spirited places in Maui. Full of adventures and a vibrant Mauian community, they are an absolute tropical paradise.
Wailea and Kihei are extremely popular among travelers and locals alike. Both places offer spectacular views, remarkable shopping destinations, and an island life you can only experience in this part of the world.
However, the best part about Wailea and Kihei (and also what they are super famous about) are their unique beaches. Imagine powdery sand, huge shorelines, and breathtaking views – all nestled in a beach that you can call home.
In this article, we talk about the Top 5 beaches that you must visit in Wailea and Kihei.
Big Beach / Wailea
If you have researched about Maui, there’s a good chance you’d have seen this beach as a featured image in many places.
Makena Beach – also called “Big Beach” – is located in Wailea and is one of Wailea’s most beautiful beaches. It sees huge waves (perfect for surfing) that run along a long shoreline. It’s also quiet and absolutely perfect for a quick beach nap under a tree.
If you are into adventure sports, you’d love Makena beach a little bit more. You can choose from multiple options, however, we’d recommend taking a Kayak and going for a snorkel in the beautiful waters that give Makena Beach a touch of greens and blues.
Did we mention: Makena Beach is postcard-perfect in case you are planning a wedding shoot.
Keawakapu Beach / Wailea
Keawakapu Beach is one of Wailea’s most visited and top-rated beaches. Fewer rocks, more greenery, calmer waters, and a dreamy shoreline – you have it all at Keawakapu beach.
It features soft, golden sand, that runs along the shoreline – making it a heaven for everyone who loves an evening stroll. In fact, the sand is so soft that you almost feel therapeutic by the end during and after your walk.
Couple this with a beautiful Pacific sunset by the side and you have got a perfect beach to unwind and de-stress.
Keawakapu Beach is also perfect for children because the water is fairly shallow. Because it’s less crowded, you can always fit in a family picnic on your next visit.
Lastly, it’s located centrally and gives you easy access to the coastline trail and the many Wailea resorts.
Ulua Beach / Wailea
From families to solo visits – Ulua beach has something for everyone. It’s the perfect getaway in Wailea whether you are looking to relax or experience a day full of adventures.
It is also one of the best places for snorkeling in Wailea. You can go off snorkeling near lava rocks off the side and experience the magic of Mauian aquatic life. The corals and fish are one of a kind.
Tip: Don’t forget to find yourself an early spot.
At Ulua Beach, you can spend an entire day without getting bored. It’s also extremely convenient with readily available parking spots, restrooms, and showers – so you have all you need when you need it.
Declutter your mind by taking a walk on Ulua’s soft, golden sand or dive deep to say and Aloha to the Maui aquatic life. Whatever you choose, you are in for an unforgettable time.
Kamaole Beach Park I / Kihei
Easy access, surf-friendly waves, and a whole lot of convenience – Kamaole Beach Park I is your go-to beach to experience Mauian beauty with your Ohana. It is a long and wide, white sandy beach – full of sea turtles – near to many major Mauian resorts.
Blessed with the right kind of tropical aura and quiet island life, it’s nestled in a destination popular for with travelers who love to spend time with their loved ones, learn something new, and live in the moment.
At this beach, you aren’t far away from spectacular views of the Molokini Crater, Kahoolawe, Lanai, and the West Maui Mountains.
Did we mention that the sunsets are stunning here?
The clear waters offer a de-stressing swimming experience and are a popular surfing side of Maui. While snorkeling, you’ll experience a majestic marine life that as if you are inside an aquarium; and in reality, you are!
When hungry, you can get some delicious food around from the nearby food trucks or restaurants or simply walk into the ABC store to grab a snack.
You can find easy parking near the lifeguard station or a parking lot across from that.
Sugar Beach is a picturesque beach located in Kihei that’s the perfect place to park your beach chair and watch the stunning Mauian sunset.
It offers an island life that’s incredibly intimate and surprisingly serene. Plus, the orange light that fills up the beach in the early hours and after 4pm make give it a paradise-like feel. Such a treat to the eyes!
For many, this beach is a go-to place for morning runs and relaxation. In fact, the cool wind in your hair will make you forget all your worries.
If you are lucky, you can also spot whales and a whole lot of other aquatic life while at the beach. It runs along a long shoreline and is quiet and calm.
At Sugar Beach, you become one with nature in a way that it becomes an unforgettable memory.
Put on the sunscreen, get in those slip-on, and head to Sugar Beach!
Your Favorite Mauian Beaches
What are some of your favorite beaches in Wailea and Maui? We’d love to hear! Share with the community in the comments below.