Mokapu Beach

Quarter-mile long pocket of sandy beach fronting the Andaz Wailea Hotel.

Rating: ★★★★½

In a nutshell: Quarter-mile long pocket of sandy beach fronting the Andaz Wailea Hotel.
Minuses: Parking can fill up early.
Sound-bite: “Sir, you must be a guest of the hotel to use the beach chairs.”

Mokapu Beach

Mokapu Beach

Good swimming, boogie boarding and excellent snorkeling around the rocky outcrop to the south.

Fronting the recently opened Andaz Wailea Hotel, the name means “sacred island” and is said to refer to a small rock islet that used to be just offshore. But don’t strain too hard looking for it – all that remains to be seen of Mokapu Island today are bits of rock sticking out of the ocean – like Mokapu, many South Maui islets were blown to bits During WWII combat training exercises.

Mokapu Beach

The far end of Mokapu Beach is still uncrowded. (Andaz Wailea in background)

The parking lot is shared with Ulua Beach which is popular with dive instructors, so the lot sometimes fills up early in the day. If the lot is full, you can park at the south lot for Keawakapu Beach and walk (the beaches connect.)

Video: Ocean Kayak POV
(Video taken before Andaz Wailea Hotel opened.)

Key Info:
Location: End of Hale Ali’i Pl (access from Wailea Aluani Dr.) – See Google map below for exact location.
GPS Coordinates: 20.693337,-156.444089
Facilities: Bathrooms, showers, no lifeguards.
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View Mokapu & Ulua Beaches in a larger map

  1. While there are not as many fish as on the south side of the point, off Ulua proper, it’s much less crowded. There is usually at least one turtle to be seen. If the waves are rough, do not get too far into the rocky areas.

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