Papalaua Beach Park

Papalaua Beach park along hwy. 30 going to Lahaina, Maui

Papalaua Beach Park Is A Calm, Family-Friendly Beach

Stretching along Hwy. 30, Papalaua Beach Offers A True Maui Beach Experience!

Just south of the town of Lahaina, Papalaua Beach Park is a long stretch of calm, relaxing beach that stretches from the west Maui tunnel (first beach past the whale overlook parking area) to Olowalu.Papalaua Beach Park on maui, hawaii is an excellent family beach on Maui.

Papalaua Beach Park is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. but you’ll often see overnight campers parked along the beach.  Port-a-potty facilities are available at several location along the road, and there are trash recepticles and recycling containers also available.

Various spots have a few picnic tables under large, shady trees but they’re on a first-come basis and are often already taken when you get to Papalaua Beach.

Please remember to put your hot coal and ashes in the designated containers or in a safe spot!

Note:  You’ll quickly see that cars can park close to the water’s edge.  Be careful, it’s easy to get stuck in soft sand.  Make sure you stay on firm soil.

Papalaua Beach offers excellent snorkeling for the family, as the water is calm, clear, with excellent Papalaua Beach Park is a nice family beach on Maui, Hawaii.visibility and it’s not very deep. It’s  ideal for a family with small children.

Please do not stand on the coral reefs and try not to touch them either.  The Maui eco-system is fragile and you can damage it easily with your feet and hands.

Papalaua Beach Park Suggestions.

  • Take sandwiches, chips, drinks, and water with you.  There’s no store or food place nearby.
  • Bring plenty of bottled water to drink and also rinse your snorkel equipment.
  • Do not drive into sandy, unstable areas of the park.  It’s easy to get stuck.
  • Stay for an incredible sunset.  Papalaua Beach Park is an ideal sunset location on Maui.
  • Consider a spot near or close to mile market 14.

Please be respectful of others at the park, and dispose of your trash in a proper manner or take it with you.


Papalaua Beach Park is a nice beach on Maui, Hawaii.

Papalaua Beach Is A Nice Family Beach On Maui


Maui has beautiful sunsets all over the island.

Beautiful Sunset On Maui, Hawaii

Cool Things To Do On Maui!

Visit Honolua Bay when you’re on the west side of Maui, and maybe grab a pizza at Dollie’s.  There plenty of activities on Maui and also some of the best burger places are in Lahaina Town.  Don’t forget to make a trip to Haleakala Crater and snorkel at Black Rock or Airport Beach.

Looking for a great breakfast?  Try The Gazebo in Napili.  Do some shopping at Lahaina Cannery Mall, try some pizza in Lahaina Town at Prison Street Pizza, or go upcountry and have a great steak at Makawao Steakhouse.

My Top 10 Lists – Top 10 activities on Maui, Top 10 attractions on Maui, Top 10 restaurants on Maui, and my Top 10 burger places on Maui.

Aloha – Enjoy Maui!

Black Sand Beach on Maui, Hawaii.

Black Sand Beach

Beaches.  Maui has some of the best beaches in the world.  Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay on the west side of the island are popular snorkel locations, and everyone loves Baby Beach in Lahaina.  Honolua Bay is also awesome for snorkeling, and Slaughterhouse Beach nearby is a tourist favorite.  Don’t forget to try D.T. Fleming Beach Park.

Big Beach is a favorite on the southwest side of Maui, along with Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Polo Beach.

In Paia, there’s Baldwin Beach that is popular and Ho’okipa Beach is just past Paia.  Just before Hana is the famous Black Sand Beach.

La Perouse Bay is an incredible place to snorkel, swim and hike, and Po’olenalena Beach is a little hide-away beach in the Makena State Park area of southwest Maui.

Top 10 Lists.  Take a look at my Top 10 Activities on Maui, and my Top 10 Restaurants.  There’s also my Top 10 Attractions while visiting Maui and, of course, my Top 7 Shopping places and Top 5 Luau experiences.

The Gazebo is one of Maui's top places for breakfast.

The Gazebo

Eating & Drinking.  Oh, yea.  You’ve also got to eat and drink while visiting Maui.  Well, for breakfast The Gazebo in Napili is a “must-do tradition,” along with the Kihei Café.  For pizza, try Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina or Dollie’s Pub & Café in Napili.

There’s a lot of good burger places in Lahaina, along With Honu Seafood and Pizza and Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club.

In the upcountry town of Makawao are two good places to eat – Casanova Italian Restaurant and  Makawao Steak House.   Stop at this “Hawaiian cowboy” town on your way down from a sunrise visit at Haleakala Crater.

Hookipa beach on the windward side of Maui.

Ho’okipa Beach – Paia

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Baldwin Beach near Paia on Maui, Hawaii.

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Incredible Maui Sunset

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Welcome To Maui  Tourist Guide

Maui Travel Tips is a blog by SteveENJOY!  Living on Maui, I love to talk about this beautiful island.  I hope you enjoy my photography, and I love to provide first-hand information about Maui.  My hope is you feel the true Hawaiian “spirit of aloha” in everything you see and do on Maui.

HAVE FUN!  Take a look at the article categories, review my recent posts, and send me any questions or comments you might have.

I know you’ll love Maui — as much as I love her! 


Big Wave Taffy on Maui!

Take a look at our delicious Hawaii Flavors of salt water taffy – our salt water taffy is soft and creamy and it makes a great gift item, too.  The taffy is sold at many stores on Maui, and you can also order on-line with Big Wave Taffy.

Big Wave Taffy sells delicious salt water taffy on Maui, Hawaii.

Big Wave Taffy on Maui, Hawaii




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