See the line of folks walking north from the sandy entrance to Big Beach? The ones with the coolers and umbrellas? They’re heading to Little Beach. Also known as Puʻu Olaʻi Beach, this cozy strand is South Maui’s au naturel beach. Mind you, nudity is officially illegal, though enforcement is at the political whim of the day. Hidden by a rocky outcrop that juts out from Puʻu Olaʻi, the cinder hill that marks the north end of Big Beach, most visitors don’t even know Little Beach is there. But take the short trail over the rock that links the two beaches and bam, there it is, bare buns city.
Little Beach fronts a sandy cove that usually has a gentle shorebreak ideal for bodysurfing and boogie boarding. When the surf’s up, you’ll find plenty of local surfers here as well. When the water’s calm, snorkeling is good along the rocky point.