Keawakapu Beach is more serene than its quite touristy neighbors on the southwestern shore of Maui. This beach stretches for about 1,200 yards (1,110 meters), and you should have no problem finding a good spot for sunbathing on the soft, white sand. If you’re looking to escape the crowds or for a spot to let the kids roam free and build sandcastles, Keawakapu Beach is for you. Scuba divers come here to see the fish species attracted to the artificial reef made from old cars.
Take a deep breath and enjoy the palm-tree-lined sands and lapping ocean. Keawakapu’s soft sand is comfortable for sunbathing and early morning workout or yoga sessions.
The water is inviting and has a soft ocean bottom with a gradual drop, so jump in with the kids for a swim or snorkel. In the early morning, when the water is calmer and clearer, you’ll have a better chance of seeing coral, fish and turtles. At low tide, lava rock pools offer a wonderful opportunity to introduce younger children to marine life.
Scuba divers can swim out to explore a man-made reef, located about a half mile (800 meters) offshore. It’s at a depth of 85 feet (26 meters), so you have to be advanced. See the fish that are attracted to the artificial reef made from 150 junk cars, tires and concrete slabs. It was made in the 1960s to create a breakwater and stimulate coral growth.
For a picnic, purchase groceries from the store at the northern access point and retreat to the lawns behind the beach. There’s also a grill restaurant for sunset dining.
Keawakapu Beach is located in southwest Maui between Wailea and Kihei. Because a large block of upmarket residential homes runs alongside the beach, it is a bit harder to find. This is also what makes it so serene. The beach is equipped with several showers. Conditions can get windy from time to time, and sandstorms are not uncommon. Don’t swim when the swell is high.
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shops at Wailea and Wailea Beach. Ulua Beach and Ulua Beach Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Set on a splendid stretch of sand 2 miles from Kihei, this low-rise hotel is 3 miles from the championship golf courses of Wailea Resort; Maui Ocean Center is 8 miles away.
Located in Wailea, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ulua Beach and Wailea Beach. Mokapu Beach and Ulua Beach Park are also within 10 minutes.
Located within a half-mile of upscales beaches such as Mokapu Beach and Wailea Beach, as well as shops, golf, and restaurants, this Mediterranean-style complex lies at the entrance of Wailea and is 3 miles from downtown Kihei.
Cradled against an oceanfront hillside, this expansive, low-rise Maui hotel lies a minute's walk from beaches and a quarter-mile from the Shops at Wailea; 3 golf courses are within 2 miles.
Situated on the beach, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Keawakapu Beach and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Wailea Beach. Kamaole Beach Park 3 and Kamaole Beach Park 2 are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Keawakapu Beach and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Wailea Beach. Kamaole Beach Park 3 and Kamaole Beach Park 2 are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Kihei condo resort is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Keawakapu Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Wailea Beach. Kamaole Beach Park 3 and Kamaole Beach Park 2 are also within 1 mi (2 km).