Po'olenalena Beach
Po'olenalena Beach
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lslyChicago
Chicago79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
My husband and I decided to renew our vows after 35 years. We wanted it to be just him and I, no ceremony. We hired a photographer and they suggested a few locations. But this seemed perfect at sunset and not a busy beach. It was picture perfect and as beautiful as the photographer had recommended. Beautiful sand with some rocks. Pretty isolated until you walk down towards the resort shown in the sample picture. would recommend stopping if you are in the area.
Written 8 January 2020
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Trei Campbell
Berkeley, CA38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Found a recommendation online to visit this beach. We saw 7 turtles while we were at this beach. Amazing! This we really enjoyed this beach, good size, some shaded tree spots and great swimming. Snorkeling on the north end was good. As the day got later the surf did get a bit rougher, but overall one of our favorite stops on Maui.
Written 27 August 2022
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Catherine B
St. George, UT45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Perfect beach for family, sand is not rocky, you can see sea turtles near rocks and fish swimming. Lots of shade,get here at 7 am to get perfect spot. Waves are good. Free parking with bathrooms. Sand gets hot so wear water shoes or sandals right to water.
Written 22 July 2022
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Piero C
Annapolis, MD650 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
The beach at the parking lot is a wide expanse with beautiful golden sand and a relative emptiness apart from the sunset wedding ceremonies. But what makes this one of the best beaches on the island is the relatively hidden beach immediately to the north, accessible by a short trail, which is as glorious as beautiful Wailea beach without the hotels and massive tourist presence. Note: this is a clothing optional beach. No amenities except for a perfect sunset.
Written 2 September 2021
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Kos8890
Massachusetts76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We picked this beach to have our wedding on. Checked the beach out the day before seen a couple of turtles on the shore. Seen some fish in the water swimming along the shore.Walk down the path to the right of the gate and it takes you to a nice spot. The wedding was at sunset and everything went great. Thanks for the applause from the family watching the ceremony. 🙏 It’s a great little beach has a good amount of parking a few holes on the way in.
Written 17 June 2023
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Norman G
Longmont, CO24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Each time we come to Maui my wife and I try different snorkeling areas based on recommendations from locals. We tried Po'olenalena this trip and it is now our new favorite spot. The rocky point on the south end of the beach has a wonderful reef, close enough to the surface that you can see the coral clearly but deep enough that you don't worry about getting scraped up by it. We saw several turtles (seems to be a good spot for honu cleaning - lots of fish eating the algae off the turtles' backs), many varieties of fish, and beautiful coral structures. There were a huge number of bright red "slate pencil" sea urchins, which made this spot one of the most colorful we've seen in Hawaii.
Written 24 February 2019
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Andrea F
Chicago, IL268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We loved this beach. The snorkeling was awesome, immediately when we got in the water we saw turtles. We probably saw at least 10 turtles here when we were swimming and snorkeling. The current around the rocks can be rough so be careful. We also saw a huge manta ray here. The coral was also very beautiful. The beach itself was quiet and the parking was very easy.
Written 1 January 2019
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Lee J
Everett, WA130 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
This is a nice beach that my family visited a few times during a recent trip to Maui. Wear thick soled shoes when walking from the parking lot to the beach! There are really thorny trees between the two. The trees aren't a problem except that small branches break off and you can step on their thorns. We've found a few deeply imbedded in our sandals on each visit.

The beach itself is great. Relatively uncrowded with mild surf. The snorkeling to the right is really good. We've seen turtles on each visit. The last visit we saw 4 - a couple of large ones and a couple of smaller ones. As with snorkeling anywhere, keep an eye on the surf. It's not bad here but once in a while you can get a random wave.

This is a popular beach for professional photos. We've had our family photos done here twice. This is the go to beach for the photographers we've used which has been fine with us! We've also seen a number of other wedding and other professional photography sessions being done there at sunset.
Written 13 January 2018
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Mandy_in_Texas
Dallas, TX56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Had family pics made here at sunset based on the photographer's suggestion. So glad we went to this side of the island. Truly GORGEOUS beach...loved the "secret beach" and the beautiful lava rocks. Highly recommend stopping by!
Written 31 July 2019
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julesjoel
Minneapolis, MN9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
If you want crystal clear water, lava rocks in coral, fish, and many see turtles, this is the beach for you. We found the best snorkeling on the far right end of the beach as you are facing out to the ocean. It requires climbing over a small amount of lava rocks to reach the far right side of the beach. It will not disappoint! We got some fantastic underwater photos and videos with our go pro camera
Written 24 July 2019
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