Keawakapu Beach is situated on the west coast of Maui, south of Maalaea Bay. Over half a mile in length, the beach is made up of a rich orange sand which slips into shallow waters from banks of shrubs and palm trees. Its shallow entry into the waters of the Pacific Ocean make it a great choice for swimmers, bodyboarders and snorkelers, in addition to those looking to enjoy the sand.
Although the area around Keawakapu Beach has been fully developed, the area’s blend of condos, restaurants and hotels have been positioned back from its sand behind its palms, meaning Keawakapu Beach doesn’t feel overlooked or like it’s part of a resort. In fact, it remains one of the least crowded beaches in this part of Maui.
Snorkelers should head for the beach’s offshore outcrops of rock, while an artificial reef made of old cars at its southern end provides some protection for swimmers. The reef is also a popular dive site. When the tide draws out, it often reveals a series of rock pools in the same area, containing a variety of sea creatures. No wonder Keawakapu Beach is a favourite with turtles as well as humans! They nest from April until mid-September, with hatchlings following around two months later.
During the highest tides of the month, there can be very little sand remaining on Keawakapu Beach. On the windiest days this beach is probably best avoided too, since its sands can get whipped up.
- Diving & snorkelling
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