Wailea Beach is a nice, family beach at The Grand Wailea resort!
Nestled along the southwest coast of Maui within a few steps of The Grand Wailea Resort & Spa and The Four Seasons Resort Wailea, the light sand Wailea Beach offers a wonderful swimming and snorkeling experience.
Wailea Beach offers a light-brown sandy beach that gradually and gently slopes to the ocean’s edge. It’s almost 25 feet until you encounter depths above your waist. Wailea Beach is ideal for small children.
Wailea Beach is an ideal snorkel spot for both young children and adults alike, and is particularly suited for beginning snorkelers. It’s a decent location to boogie-board, or just spend time swimming and relaxing in the calm, clear waters.
If you need to rent a snorkel, mask, and fins — there is a rental stand on The Grand Wailea property. Or you can purchase snorkel equipment if you’re planning to snorkel several times on your Maui visit.
One of the best areas to snorkel is to the left as you face the ocean. You’ll see the picturesque West Maui mountains in the background. Stay along the coral reef stretching to you left, and you’ll see a wide variety of coral life and small, colorful fish.
The best time to snorkel and swim is early in the morning after 7 a.m. Wailea Beach is known for calm, clear, shallow water in the morning hours, but just after noon the tide can pick-up. Afternoon waters can be a bit rough, so use caution and common sense.
BEWARE! After 2 pm. the waves can be large in size and force, the water is often murky, and an afternoon shower is somewhat common. Wailea Beach is also known for strong undercurrents, but you will be fine if you have fins on when in the water.
PARKING. If you’re not staying at one of the local resorts, there is a parking lot with nice restroom and shower facilities. It’s located just off Alanui Drive and there is a sign pointing you to the parking lot.
There is often a shortage of open parking spots in the middle of the day, so go early!
BONUS! You’re not too far from Big Beach and Little Beach (Nude Beach). Maybe consider visiting several Maui beaches when you are on the southwest side of the island.
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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Maui Hydro Flask!
Here’s a great gift idea – or keep it for yourself – a Maui Hydro Flask. It’s a 40 ounce Ocean Blue Hydro Flask and it can be purchased from Big Wave Taffy. Just $42.95 and that includes shipping to the Mainland USA. Check it out!