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Nestled between Makena and Wailea in a tranquil residential area, Palauea Beach, also affectionately known as White Rock Beach, awaits snorkeling enthusiasts seeking an underwater paradise. The vibrant marine life, courtesy of lava rocks, transforms ocean exploration into a mesmerizing encounter with tropical fishes and graceful sea turtles congregating in this coastal haven.
Despite its modest 300-yard stretch, the beach's gentle slope fosters optimal swimming conditions, particularly during calm oceanic moments. A haven for locals on weekdays, Palauea Beach maintains a serene ambiance.
Positioned south of the Kea Lani Beach Hotel and the Polo Beach Club, access this hidden gem—commonly referred to as "White Rock" beach—by navigating the road through Wailea. Follow Wailea Alanui Drive as it gracefully bends left, leading to the beach access path amidst kiawe trees.
Public parking is conveniently available along Makena Road. Although the beach remains obscured from the roadside, watch for the port-a-potty and prominent boulders signaling the path's intersection with the road. A mere 100 feet from the access road, Palauea Beach unveils its beauty to those seeking an unspoiled coastal retreat.
Palauea Beach Explore Maui's CoastNestled between Makena and Wailea in a tranquil residential a ....