Polo Beach

Polo Beach

Polo Beach in Wailea is a popular beach on the southwest side of Maui.

It’s believed that back in the early days of Hawaiian life, Polo Beach was actually used by the Polynesians as a field where a “type” of polo was played.

Polo Beach is a nice family beach in southwest Maui.Whether it’s true or not, it’s easy to see a possible horse polo field, as the beach is a wide, expansive, sloping sandy beach with shallow water along the water’s edge.  Perfect for a game of polo!

Polo Beach sits Oceanside from the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, a beautiful, upscale resort with stucco rooms tucked fairly close to the ocean.  While tourists and visitors to Maui are the majority at Polo Beach, locals also like this beach for its clear water and excellent swimming and snorkeling.

Polo Beach is very popular with families with young children, and the elderly find it’s sloping coastline ideal for walking and light exercise.  The clear, settled morning water will surprise you with the abundant fish life underwater.  So make sure your snorkel mask is clear!

Some of the best snorkeling is to the right of the beach area as you face the ocean.  You will see a natural rock and lava extension jutting out into the ocean, with some of the boulders being quite large and Polo Beach is a nice quiet family beach on Maui, Hawaii.slippery.  Take your time and don’t get too close to the rocky edges while snorkeling, as a large, fast wave might surprise you and send you floundering into the razor-sharp rocks.

Like most of the southwest side of the island, Polo Beach offers the best snorkeling in the early morning hours.  There is typically excellent visibility between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.  The afternoon hours bring a bit rougher waters, especially close to the rocks where you might be snorkeling.

Maybe try an little boogie-boarding in the afternoon!

Early in the morning, you might see a bright, yellow Butterfly fish and the much larger Pennant (Banner) Butterfly Fish, with its black stripes and long extension on the top of its head.  You might even see a yellow, long-nose Butterfly Fish.


  • Go early in the morning to enjoy the calm, clear water.
  • Parking is available at Wailea Beach Park.
  • Take a leisurely stroll along the Wailea Beach Walkway to Polo Beach.
  • Enjoy an awesome view of both Kaho’olawe and the west Maui Mountain.
  • The cabanas and lounge chairs are for the guests at The Fairmont.
  • There is a snorkel rental stand at the main walkway to the resort.  Drinks and snacks are also offered for sale.

Polo Beach is a nice family beach on Maui, Hawaii.






Polo Beach on Maui, Hawaii has a lot of Butterfly Fish.






Cool & Really Fun 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.  Here’s a few West Maui beaches to enjoy:

Kapalua Beach

Papalaua Beach

Airport Beach

Napili Beach

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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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.

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