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 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 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.
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.
Aloha – Enjoy Maui!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ever been in a rainforest? Check-out the Honolua Bay Rainforest! Out in Paia is a famous restaurant – Charley’s – so make sure you stop there for breakfast on your way to Hana, or for dinner on your way back. Check-out the various places to stay in Hana!
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