Somewhat less crowded than Wailea Beach, Polo Beach is formed from two sandy crescents in front of the Fairmont Kea Lani and Polo Beach Club.
This gorgeous, rocky beach is a favorite for locals and visitors on Maui and offers excellent sunset views and snorkeling when the conditions are calm.
Highly recommend for a relaxing day with friends and family.
Polo Beach Characteristics
- Best Beach for: Lounging and Snorkeling
- Golden-white sandy beach
- Can be crowded – north end is busy with Fairmont guests while the south end tends to be less popular
- Somewhat calm conditions – south swell brings breaking waves and rip currents
- Great snorkeling around the rocky point on the north end (when water is calm)
- Great whale watching and sunset views
- Resort amenities, shopping and restaurants within walking distance
- Spa services offered near beach for resort guests
- Public restroom facilities, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and small grassy area close to beach
- No lifeguards on duty
- Parking available in lot or on the street
One of Maui’s most unique excursions departs directly from the sand at Polo Beach. Maui Sailing Canoe offers outrigger canoe/snorkeling tours along the Wailea Coast, emphasizing Hawaiian culture, history, and traditions. Guests get a first-hand lesson in Hawaiian sailing canoe traditions, including paddling and navigation techniques— you’ll even help launch the canoe from the beach!
Run by lifelong paddlers and Hawaii residents, Maui Sailing Canoe seamlessly blends culture, tradition, and recreation for a memorable Hawaiian experience. This excursion is great for all ages, and it’s an unforgettable way to whale watch in the winter months.
Fairmont Kea Lani Resort, Polo Beach Club
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