Poʻolenalena Beach

Kihei & South Maui

This long and lovely crescent-shaped beach, south of the resorts, is a favorite of local families on weekends. It's rarely crowded though, and the shallow, sandy bottom and calm waters make for excellent swimming. There’s good snorkeling off both the southern and northern lava points. The parking lot is on Makena Alanui Dr, a half-mile south of its intersection with Makena Rd.

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