South Side Beaches
Known to the locals as "Big Beach", it is often designated as THE beach to visit. At two-thirds of a mile long, and approximately 100 yards wide, this beach is very popular on the weekends. A great place to snorkle, body board, and swim. Portable restrooms, picnic tables, and paved parking is available.
Hiding behind the Westin Maui Prince Hotel is Malauka Beach. With hard to find parking lots at both ends, it may be one of the better "hidden" spots on the island. Malauka provides a nice grassy area, picnic tables, and public restrooms and showers. The Maui Prince concession stand and beach rental is also conveniently located just off of the beach.
Located at the very end of Makena Alanui Road in South Maui, La Perouse Bay is part of the Ahihi-Kina'u Natural Area Preserve and is the site of Maui's most recent volcanic activity in 1788. Four-wheel drive is recommended for access. A great location for snorkeling when the winds are calm.
Palauea Beach is located just south of the Kea Lani Hotel. This is a great beach for snorkeling and scuba diving where you'll find shallow caves and crevices, and lava arches. The area is populated with reef fish, and turtles. Often small white tipped reef sharks and sometimes an eagle ray will swim through the area.
Bordering Makena and Wailea is Poolenalena Beach. This half-mile of gently sloping shoreline is perfect for swimming. The lava rock formations at each end are ideal for snorkeling. Showers are located near the South entrance of the beach.
Made from the dark cinders of past volcanic eruptions, Oneuli Beach sand is dark, and will get hot in the sun. Footwear is recommended. This beach is a great place for snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and fishing. Kayaks can also be easily launched.