Aptly nicknamed for its gentle waters, Baby Beach is a must-see for families with small children and anyone seeking oceanside beauty minus the waves and worrisome undertow.
Also known as Puʻunoa Beach, this spot features seemingly endless shallow waters and a coral reef further out, making it ideal for snorkeling and lounging.
Mostly frequented by locals, this sandy stretch rarely sees the crowds of other tourist hotspots and boasts plenty of space to build sandcastles along the shoreline. Located just minutes away from the historic Front Street, this Maui gem is an unbeatable kid-friendly oasis.
Baby Beach Characteristics
- Best Beach for: children
- Golden sands
- Calm waters with rare currents
- Typically not very crowded, especially on the weekdays
- Parking is located at the end of Ala Moana St. or by parallel parking on Kenui St.
- Beach access is located at the tail end of Kai Pali Place.
- Plenty of sea turtles and flourishing reef life
- Great for snorkeling, splashing, and sand-play
- Some shady locations available on the shoreline
- Restrooms located near the Dojo or off Unahiole St.
- A 15-minute walk from the Banyan tree
- Gorgeous morning lighting perfect for family portraits on Maui
US Seamen’s Hospital Museum, Lahaina Center, Lahaina Jodo Mission Buddhist temple, Puʻupiha Cemetery, Lahaina Surf, Front Street, Aloha Mixed Plate, Mala Wharf Scuba Site, Puʻunoa Beach Estates, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Cheeseburger in Paradise, Lahaina Grill.
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This beach is terrible. No facilities (no restrooms or trash cans or parking lot) and overcrowded. Parking is where you can find it on the side of the road, which is obviously frustrating for the small neighborhood of residents that have to deal with it. It seemed to have a gathering of homeless people and we saw a number of visitors who left trash on the ground when they left. We saw other visitors (mostly their children) crawling and walking on coral (which will likely damage it). Seems like it was nice at one point but too many people and not enough care. We will skip this place from now on and hope others do too, allowing it to heal.
Wow, sorry to hear this. We’ll have to head up that way soon to see if it’s gotten any better or worse.