Ma‘alaea Bay Beach carves out Maui’s narrow center on the island’s southwest side. Not a great beach for swimming or snorkeling, this long sandy stretch is popular with early morning walkers from the condos lining the shore. The beach curves gracefully and the views toward Kaho‘olawe can be awesome. Looking in other direction, you’ll se the shore and mountains of West Maui, appearing like a separate island. Turn, and there’s Haleakala, most days the top showing, but the mid-mountain hidden by clouds.
Sometimes local people come to fish in the old Hawaiian by casting nets into the water.
Later in the day, the wind picks up. In spite of the condos and a nearby busy harbor, Ma‘alaea is quiet and less congested than other Maui resort strips.
The beach stretches from the big marina and parking lot south to Haycraft Park. Beach public access is from the walk between Lauloa and Maalaea Kai condos on Hauoli Street or from the park.