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Mokapu Beach Guide

By January 2, 2024 No Comments
Mokapu Beach Guide Overview

Easily accessed, sandy beach, with decent snorkeling and more space than popular neighbor Ulua.

Mokapu Beach

Mokapu Beach is a beautiful and relatively quiet beach located in the Wailea area of South Maui. It is known for its soft white sand, crystal-clear waters, and a serene atmosphere, making it a popular destination for those looking for a peaceful beach experience.


Mokapu mapDirections and Distance from Auntie Snorkel 

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  • Mokapu Beach is situated in the upscale resort community of Wailea, approximately a 10 minute drive south from Auntie Snorkel Kihei. It is conveniently accessible and is close to various luxury resorts, restaurants, and shopping areas.

Parking and Access

  • As you head south on Wailea Alanui Drive, pass the Andaz Resort, and take a right at the sign for Ulua and Mokapu Beaches. You’ll see the parking lot down the hill a bit on the right side. This lot fills up regularly, so arrive early to beat the crowd.
  • To access Mokapu, follow the sidewalk past the restrooms and to the right.


Facilities and Amenities

  • While Mokapu Beach is relatively undeveloped, the park provides basic amenities such as restrooms and outdoor showers.
  • There is no lifeguard at this beach.

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Snorkeling and Surf

  • The rocky areas on the southern end of the beach offer some beautiful snorkeling. These rocky areas are connected to the more popular Ulua Beach for snorkeling opportunities. Dive under water during peak whale season to listen for whale songs!
  • The waters at Mokapu Beach are typically calm and clear, making it suitable for swimming and wading. The beach offers a gently sloping shoreline, which is ideal for families with children.
  • Summer south swells can bring some shore break to this beach, making for fun boogie boarding or body surfing. Please always exercise extra caution with waves, and if in doubt, don’t go out!
  • On calm mornings, stand-up paddle boarding is a great option at Mokapu. Drive up to the restroom area to unload your board before parking for a shorter walk to the water. The long stretch of beach and crystal clear waters make 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.
Mokapu from the South

Mokapu from the south end, looking north.


Environment and Seasonal Variation

  • Mokapu 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. 
  • Summer south swells are most likely to bring waves. Winter will have more flat, calm water days. 
  • 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 Mokapu Beach by leaving no trace and following any posted rules and regulations. Whether you’re looking to snorkel, paddle board, swim, or simply enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of the area, Mokapu Beach provides an unspoiled and relaxed beach experience on Maui’s southern coast.

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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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