Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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Punalau Beach is a no frills beach hidden along Maui's Honoapiilani Highway.

Though the reef at this beach can be very sharp, making it less than ideal for swimming, the unsigned beach lies down a short 4WD from the road, so the vast majority of tourists will drive right by without even knowing it's here.

Passenger cars, or vehicles unfamiliar with the road down, may opt to park along the paved shoulder of the highway and walk down. The beach itself is sandy and empty of most people. It's a good spot to walk, or just just sit if you're looking to get away from the crowds.

There are no amenities of any type at the beach - no tables, water or bathrooms. And though the beach is signed as day use only, there's a chance you'll stumble across some vehicles camping out in the dirt parking area.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Free of most tourists.

Cons

Less scenic than nearby beaches.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Location

Nearby Adventures

Honolua-Mokuleia Bay Marine Life Conservation District
Honolua-Mokuleia Bay Marine Life Conservation District

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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