Keawakapu Beach

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Lonely Planet review

This sparkling stretch of sand is a showstopper. Extending from southern Kihei to Wailea’s Mokapu Beach, it’s set back from the main road and is less visible than Kihei’s main roadside beaches just north. It’s also less crowded, and is a great place to settle in and watch the sunset.

With its cushiony soft sand, Keawakapu is also a favorite for sunrise yoga and wake-up strolls and is the perfect spot for an end-of-day swim. Mornings are the best time for snorkeling: head to the rocky outcrops that form the northern and southern ends of the beach. During winter keep an eye out for humpback whales, which come remarkably close to shore here.

There are three beach access points, all with outdoor showers. To get to the south end, go south on S Kihei Rd until it dead-ends at a beach parking lot. Near the middle of the beach, there’s a parking lot at the corner of Kilohana Dr and S Kihei Rd; look for a blue shoreline access sign on the makai (seaward) side of the street. At the northern end, beach parking can be found in a large unpaved access lot north of the Days Inn Maui Oceanfront.