Wailea Beach Images
Wailea Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Maui. Located behind the Grand Wailea Resort, the beach offers plenty of activities. The sandy shoreline and easy entry make it the perfect swimming beach for families. Snorkeling is usually good, but best in the morning and further out to sea. Afternoon winds make for good boogie boarding and body surfing. There are plenty of lifeguards, water sport rentals, and rest rooms/showers. While the resort is for guests, they don't mind if you walk through the resort and stop for refreshments at the bar. If you need a little exercise the Wailea Beach Path extends north to Mokapu Beach and south to Polo Beach (see map).
Wailea was originally a fishing settlement and its name translates to “water of lea” the goddess of canoe-builders. Legend has it she transformed the area into a beautiful forest for birds and would frequently fly above it to appreciate its beauty. In ancient Hawaiian times they would live more toward the mountains of Wailea where they grew sweet potatoes (uala) and would venture down to the shore to fish. After the Great Māhele lead to cattle raising to become a dominant practice and would eventually form the Ulupalakua Ranch.
You will usually see a lot of tour and snorkeling boats further out from shore. They only stop if they have spotted turtles (or other marine life). If not too far out from shore and it is safe to do so, try swimming out to them.
WARNING at certain times throughout the year this beach as well as others get overrun with man o' war or other jelly fish. Check the posted signs or ask a life-guard about conditions. Carry vinegar with you to wash out the wound if stung. rinsing water will make it sting more.
- Directions (from Kihei)
Head south on Piilani Hwy. Turn Right onto Wailea Ike Rd. (Piilani Hwy Dead ends here). Turn left at Wailea Alanui (1 mile). In about a half of a mile look for Wailea Beach sign on right.
there are 2 parking lots a small lot close to the beach and a large lot further away.
2 Porta-Potties. No showers and running water.
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All around great beach for everything.