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Beach Personality: Fabulous
Your perfect day at Wailea Beach might begin with an early morning snorkel. Snorkeling is best in the morning here because the wind usually picks up in the afternoon making the water choppy and visibility less than ideal. The best snorkeling is around the rocky point at the left (when facing the ocean) end of the beach. Just wade into the water and start swimming as soon as you can. It won’t be long before the sandy bottom is interspersed with coral and other marine life, and the farther you swim around the point, the more plentiful both the coral and marine life become. Oftentimes you will even see sea turtles. Heaven!
Since the wind at Wailea Beach usually picks up as the day wears on, by afternoon there is often some wave action. This signals boogie boarding time. While this isn’t a world-class boogie boarding beach, it is an excellent environment for beginners. With an endless series of warm, gentle waves ranging from 1 – 3 feet and a gently sloping sandy bottom, boogie boarders can walk out to the shore break and wait for the perfect wave again and again. Occasionally, when there are offshore storms, wave heights reach the 5 – 7 foot range making for even more exciting boogie boarding for strong swimmers and thrill seekers.
- Snorkeling (best in the morning before the wind picks up)
- Boogie boarding (best in the afternoon after the wind picks up)
- Paddle boarding
- Whale watching (December through April with binoculars and/or from a boat)
- 1.5 mile paved path that borders the oceanfront from one end of Wailea (the town) to the other and passes all 5 of Wailea Hawaii’s beaches.
- Public bathrooms – No, but public bathrooms are available at the adjacent hotels.
- Showers – Yes.
- Parking – Yes, located between the entrances to the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons hotels.
- Food – No, but food, both carry out and sit down, is available at the adjacent hotels.
- Lifeguard – No.
- Dogs allowed on the beach – Yes, as long as it is on a leash and a human holds the leash at all times.
Snorkel gear, boogie boards, paddle boards, kayaks, and small sailboats are available for rent on the beach.
Scuba gear, snorkel gear, boogie boards, underwater cameras, and video cameras are available for rent from Maui Dive Shop at the Shops at Wailea and other Maui locations.
Wailea Beach is located in Wailea on the island of Maui, Hawaii. From State Highway 31 turn right into the Wailea resort at Wailea Ike Drive. Take a left at Wailea Alanui Drive. In between the Grand Wailea Resort and the Four Seasons Maui is an unmarked road on your right. Turn there to park and for beach access. You can also park at either one of the hotels if you want to have a meal there.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin