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Ulua Beach Guide

By January 3, 2024 No Comments
Ulua Beach Guide Overview

Smaller, sandy beach with snorkeling at each end, and good facilities.

Ulua Beach

Ulua Beach is a picturesque beach located in the upscale resort area of Wailea in South Maui. It is known for its pristine waters, excellent snorkeling, and scenic setting, making it a popular destination for those seeking beauty above and below water.

Ulua MapDirections and Distance from Auntie Snorkel 

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  • Ulua Beach is situated within the Wailea Resort community, just a 10 minute drive south from Auntie Snorkel Kihei. It offers easy accessibility to various luxury resorts, restaurants, and shopping areas in South Maui.

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 Ulua, follow the sidewalk past the restrooms and take the gently sloping path to the left.

Facilities and Amenities

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

What to Bring

Ulua from the south end

Snorkel at either end of the beach.

Snorkeling and Surf

  • Check a live web cam at Ulua Beach here.
  • Ulua Beach is renowned for its excellent snorkeling opportunities. The nearshore waters are home to an array of colorful fish and marine life, and you can often encounter sea turtles while snorkeling along the rocky areas of the beach. The northern side adjacent to Mokapu is generally best.
  • The waters at Ulua 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!

Ulua from the north end

Ulua from the north end.

Environment and Seasonal Variation

  • Ulua 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 Ulua Beach by leaving no trace and following any posted rules and regulations. Whether you’re looking to snorkel, swim, or simply enjoy the natural beauty of the area, Ulua Beach provides an enchanting 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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