Wailea Beach, Wailea, Hawaii
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- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Among Maui's abundance of gorgeous public beaches, Wailea Beach is one of the most acclaimed. This golden-sand South Maui attraction is just right for kids because of its calm, warm waters, on-site restrooms with outdoor showers and close proximity to popular hotels. Black lava points adorn this crescent-shaped beach, and the sunsets are breathtaking. This site is sure to be a memorable addition to any Wailea family vacation.
Lounging ocean-side is just one of the activities Wailea Beach offers. The area is packed with tropical wildlife, so take the opportunity to do some seasonal whale watching or go snorkeling. You're likely to see a multitude of colorful fish, and occasionally you might even get to greet a sea turtle. The waves here are particularly gentle. They're ideal if members of your family want to try out surfing or other board-based Wailea Beach activities for the first time. Nearby gear shops offer surf, boogie and paddle boards, as well as kayaks, canoes and ocean trampolines. You can also enlist local guides to accompany your family on water adventures. The Wailea Coastal Nature Trail picks up here, offering lengths of paved walkways which are ideal for strollers. This Wailea Beach activity is a lovely way to orient yourself, enjoy the natural wonders and even peek at the adjacent palatial resorts. Other close family attractions in Wailea include Polo Beach, remnants of ancient lava rock houses and The Shops at Wailea.
The quantity of amazing, kid-friendly hotels nearby Wailea Beach make it an especially convenient spot if you're headed to Maui. The busy time of year for most Wailea attractions extends from mid-December through March or April. Both the Coastal Nature Trail and public parking can get crowded during the high season, so take advantage of the early morning hours if your family values a quiet, low-key experience. You can visit the beach after dark, but the public parking lot closes shop overnight. Shopping and restaurants are readily available along the Coastal Nature Trail, just in case you forget goggles, sunscreen or other beach-day necessities.
Tips for Families
Parking is sometimes hard to find.
Address: 3700 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, Hawaii 96753| Map
Hours: Open 24 hours
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This is one of 4 major Wailea beaches. Wailea is definitely an upscale part of Maui, and the beach goers definitely show it. There are numerous amenities for rent on the beach, but pricey. There is a small cafe that sells ice cream and Starbucks coffee on the north edge of the beach. This beach was...
Picturesque Wailea Beach in South Maui with its soft sand and central location is one of our favorite beaches in all of Hawaii! This beach fronts the Grand Wailea Resort and is a very long, wide, golden sand beach! For parents, this beach has almost everything that you could desire. Convenient parking, bathroom facilities, showers, picnic tables, and rental gear (for umbrellas, beach chairs, stand up paddle boards, kayaks, and snorkel gear) are all there. It has a trampoline in the water for kids and has plenty of food options either through the resort or at the nearby Shops at Wailea. The water here is usually very calm and perfect for the little ones. In the winter though it can have some rough surf ...
I did not give Wailea, my favorite beach, 5 stars because of the crowds during the Holidays & summer months. I know this beach more than any on the island of Maui. During the Holidays, Wailea beach is crowded w/ beach chairs, umbrellas, & most unfortunate is the litter at the end of the day! ( I find myself picking up after others because this beach is home to me!! I have to say how shocking the many cigarette butts & drink cups & etc. that are left behind during the busy tourist season !) My family loves this beach for the perfect swimming, snorkeling, and wave catching! During the winter months the waves are perfect for body surfing. I prefer to swim the length of the beach which is quite safe w/ rarel...
Amazing beach! My favorite on that side of the island. Just a few steps down from the Four Seasons where we were staying at. As soon we walked down towards the beach, a Four Seasons worker greeted us with towels, asked for our last names and led us to chairs with umbrellas. They even come and cover the chairs with chair covers for us. Amazing. ...