Discover Wailea's Coastal Splendor: Journey along the Wailea Beach Path

Posted by Island Sotheby's International Realty on Friday, December 8th, 2023 at 7:56am

Embark on a captivating journey along the Wailea Beach Path, a 1.5-mile coastal walk that unveils the breathtaking beauty of Maui's pristine beaches and introduces you to some of the island's most exclusive properties.

Commence your adventure at the public parking near Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, providing seamless access to the path and the pristine shores of Mokapu Beach. This enchanting trail invites you to indulge in a leisurely walk featuring flat, well-maintained terrain that unfolds against the backdrop of awe-inspiring ocean vistas.

Mokapu Beach

The northernmost of four beaches connected by the Wailea Coastal Walkway, Mokapu Beach fronts the Andaz Resort and is a popular spot for snorkeling, paddling, and people just learning to scuba dive. Aside from being one of the best beaches on Maui, Mokapu Beach is also family-friendly, offering amenities like restrooms, showers, public parking, and a convenient roundabout for easy drop-offs. This beach blends the natural beauty of Maui with the accessibility and comforts that make for a perfect family outing. Consider starting your beach day early as this spot is more exposed to the winds that usually pick up by early afternoon.


Photo: Dante Parducci

Ulua Beach

Continuing your exploration, you'll encounter Ulua Beach, widely regarded as one of the finest spots for snorkeling and shore-based diving on Maui. The prime area for snorkeling here is on the right-hand side, at the point where Ulua and Mokapu beaches converge. This spot is distinguished by protruding lava formations that create an excellent reef ecosystem, teeming with coral and diverse marine life. The waters, typically around 10-15 feet deep with a warm temperature near 80 degrees, offer ideal conditions for snorkelers. Ulua Beach has public parking, showers, and restrooms, with the added bonus of being within a short walk to resort restaurants. It's also notably sheltered, providing a welcome refuge from the wind on days when other areas are less favorable. 


Photo: Dante Parducci

Wailea Beach

Carrying on around the rocky point fronting the Marroitt you will locate, nestled in front of the Grand Wailea and The Four Seasons resorts, Wailea Beach. This real-life backdrop to the 'White Orchid' series, dazzles with its golden sands and pristine waters, embodying the essence of Maui's luxurious beachfront ambiance. From its shores, you can enjoy stunning views of Kaho’olawe, Molokini, Lana’i, and, during winter months, the captivating sights and sounds of whales. On days when the ocean is tranquil, snorkeling around the rocky edges that frame the beach is exceptional. The beach's small waves and gentle slope also make it an ideal spot for boogie boarding and body surfing. Conveniently, the beach offers well-maintained bathrooms, showers, and ample free public parking. Mornings at Wailea Beach are breathtaking throughout the year. However, it's worth noting that this beach is subject to tradewinds, especially in the summer months. Like its close neighbor Mokapu Beach, an early arrival is recommended to make the most of calmer conditions.


Photo: Dante Parducci

Polo Beach (Ke One o Polo)

Navigating along the scenic and rocky coastline of Wailea Point you’ll reach Polo Beach, marking the southern end of Wailea's beach path. Sharing the shore with The Fairmont Kea Lani and Polo Beach Club, it attracts standup paddlers due to its convenient access to the sand. While the snorkeling at Polo Beach is satisfactory at both ends, it doesn't quite match the experience at Wailea Beach or Ulua. Its tendency to receive more swell than its neighboring beaches, makes it a preferred spot for boogie boarders. Facilities include restrooms, showers, a picnic table, a barbecue grill, with the added convenience of resort restaurants just a short walk away.

The Wailea Beach Path transcends a mere walk; it's an immersive experience into the allure of Maui's coastline. Whether indulging in a morning jog, savoring a sunset stroll, or relishing a leisurely walk, this path seamlessly blends natural beauty with the allure of a beach lifestyle.



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