Polenalena Beach is a secluded beach park on the southwest side of Maui.
If you’re staying at a large resort or in a congested area of Kihei and want to spend some time on a more “remote” beach, consider Poolenalena Beach.
It’s ideal for families with small children, as the sloping sandy beach is normally calm and clear during the early morning hours. But like all beaches on the southwest side of Maui, the waves can “kick-up” in the afternoon with rough tides and strong undercurrents.
Named “Yellow Head” in the Hawaiian language, Poolenalena Beach is just off Makena Alanui road with a sign at the entrance to the large parking lot. It’s about a mile and a half past The Fairmont Kea Lana resort.
There are no restroom facilities, but temporary facilities are often installed. No lifeguard is on duty, and you’ll need to bring food, drinks, snorkel equipment, and beach equipment.
SUNSET VIEWS. Poolenalena Beach has incredible sunset views, with Molokini in the background. It’s an ideal place for picture taking, and you’ll often see a wedding being performed at this beach.
Looking for a quiet, less populated beach on the southwest side of Maui? Try Poolenalena Beach. It’s a good place for snorkeling also!
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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