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Charley Young Beach Guide

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Charley Young Beach Guide Overview

A sheltered cove at the north end of a family friendly, easy access beach.

Charley Young Beach

Charley Young Beach is a beautiful and relatively small beach located in the South Kihei area of Maui. It’s known for its picturesque setting, gentle waves, and a laid-back atmosphere, making it a favorite spot among both locals and visitors.


Charley Young MapDirections and Distance from Auntie Snorkel 

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  • Charley Young Beach is just a 5 minute drive north from Auntie Snorkel Kihei. It’s conveniently situated close to various accommodations, restaurants, and shops in the area.

Parking and Access

  • Driving north on South Kihei Road, look for the Maui Vista sign on the right, and turn left onto Kai’au Place. Take an immediate right into the beach parking lot. Walk across the street and to the right to find Charley Young Beach down a ramp and a set of stairs.
  • If this lot is full, try the parking lots on either side of South Kihei Road at Alanui Ke’ali’i Rd. There is a paved lot for Kamaole Beach I on the makai (ocean) side, and a gravel lot on the mauka (mountain) side. Charley Young Beach is simply the north end of Kamaole Beach I, so head to your right from the beach access.


Facilities and Amenities

  • While Charley Young Beach is relatively low-key, it provides a few amenities such as a portable toilet, showers, and trash bins. 
  • There are more amenities including a lifeguard station, restrooms, showers, and picnic tables a short walk south on Kamaole I.

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Snorkeling and Surf

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  • While the beach isn’t as well-known for snorkeling as some other Maui locations, there are still opportunities to observe marine life, including fish and occasional sea turtles, especially near the rocky areas.
  • On calm mornings, stand-up paddle boarding is a great option at Charley Young. The long stretch of beach to the south makes for a beautiful paddle. Just be aware that the wind can pick up strongly and quickly from late morning through the day, so the earlier you go out the better. 
  • There can be some elevated surf with summer south swells. This will impede snorkeling but can sometimes make for fun boogie boarding. Just be sure to exercise plenty of caution, and if in doubt, don’t go out!

Charley Young Beach

Charley Young Beach, from the north.

Environment and Seasonal Variation

  • The beach often has a relaxed and local vibe, attracting both residents and tourists. It’s a good place to unwind, soak in the sun, and experience the friendly atmosphere of Maui.
  • Charley Young is calm and beautiful most mornings year round. It is common for the wind to become strong and gusty from the middle of the day, so this beach is best early.
  • Responsible tourism practices, such as proper disposal of trash and the use of reef-safe sunscreen, can contribute to the long-term conservation of this stunning coastal environment on Maui. 
  • It’s important for visitors to respect the local rules and regulations, including not touching or damaging the coral, not collecting or harassing marine life, and not disturbing the natural habitat.

Remember to respect the natural beauty and environment of Charley Young Beach by leaving no trace and following any posted rules and regulations. Charley Young Beach is a somewhat hidden gem in South Maui, offering a more tranquil and intimate beach experience compared to some of the larger and busier beaches on the island. Whether you’re looking to snorkel, paddle, enjoy a sunset, or simply bask in the beauty of the ocean, Charley Young Beach provides a peaceful and enjoyable escape on Maui.

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Auntie Snorkel shop has been serving Maui’s fun seekers for over 33 years, established in 1985. We're the original South Maui Snorkel Shop. When I bought the shop 10 years ago from Auntie, we decided to keep the name. The name "Auntie" is a term of respect here in Hawaii. I'm living my dream. I get to meet awesome people from all over the world and share with them my love and knowledge of this magical island that I get to call home. We know all the spots. I have lived here since 2001. We're the true definition of a family owned and operated shop. I answer the phones and work the shop along with my family. When you shop with us you're supporting my ohana and for that I thank you!! Why go anywhere else? We're the friendliest, fastest, cheapest and our location is the most epic! Mahalo and Aloha”. ~Mark Noble (Owner & Maui Fun Expert)

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