- Type: Beaches
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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You visit Hookipa to see Maui's daredevils hang ten, and you head to Kaihalulu or Waianapanapa for some multicolored sands. So which beach do you go to just to swim and relax? Wailea. This beach caters to the sunseeking guests of several nearby resorts. Wailea feels much less rugged than some of Maui's other beaches: The tawny-colored sand is lined by palm trees and a paved walkway connecting the shoreline to the area's hotels, shops and restaurants. What's more, visitors to this beach will have access to water sports equipment rentals. And because the waters here are relatively calm, Wailea Beach is great for those looking to swim or snorkel.
Recent visitors say that the surrounding resorts do a great job of keeping Wailea Beach clean, and though the region features several other prominent shorelines, travelers enjoy the hustle and bustle of Wailea. "The bay is large and the setting beautiful," one TripAdvisor user said. "Other beaches are quieter and more secluded, but Wailea is where the action is."
And the best feature: Wailea is free to enjoy at any time of day. You'll find these prized sands on the Maui's southwest coast.