Ulua Beach (In the heart of Wailea)

Oct 1, 2020 | General Information

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Ulua Beach is a charming beach that is located in the heart of Wailea. Access to the beach from outside the resort can be found on the Ulua Beach turnoff from Wailea Alanui Drive just north of the Shops at Wailea. If you are already in Wailea Ulua Beach can be accessed from the beach sidewalk that runs the entire distance of Wailea along the shoreline. Ulua Beach is surrounded by resorts and condominiums and a well manicured pathway and gardens but the beach itself embodies all the characteristics of natural Maui beach.

Golden Sand and Beach Fun at Ulua Beach
Ulua Beach is fairly small, presenting perhaps an eighth of a mile white sand crescent from tip to tip. Entry is via sand bottom so it is a very good place for swimming but snorkeling at Elua Beach is also very good. There are rock promontories located on either side of the beach and snorkeling at these points is excellent. Good snorkeling can also be found as you swim further out into the center away from shore. The sand is inviting for those wishing to have an ideal beach day and the views of Kahoolawe, Molokini and Lanai are stunning. The calmest time of the day here is almost always during the morning hours and as the day progresses usually starting in late morning the winds will fill in and bring with them white-caps and rougher water. Because there is a large lava rock buttress on the north side of the beach there is usually some additional shelter from winds that you might not find at other beaches.

Beach Amenities
The beach comes complete with its own parking lot although it is very often full in which case parking at the Shops of Wailea may be in order but it would require about a third of a mile walk back to the beach. Ulua Beach has a clean bathroom and shower area and a very nice grassy knoll upon which to perch if you’d prefer not to be on the sand. The is no lifeguard on duty at this beach.

Ocean Caution
Please be advised that all beaches and ocean locations in Hawaii can be potentially dangerous including this location. Be completely aware of the ocean conditions prior to entering the water and of course, never turn your back on the ocean when you are on the shoreline. It should also be noted that all shorelines and beaches in Hawaii, including this one, can be frequented by sharks, jellyfish and other sea creatures which can provide potential harm to people entering the water.