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“Walk This Way - Sights and Sounds Along Maui's Wailea Beach Walk”photo

Steven Tyler, lead singer from Aerosmith, recently purchased a multi-million dollar home in Makena this past year and the American Idol judge is often heard alluding to the island in comments from his perch on the show.  Now, I’m not saying you’ll run into him on the Wailea Beach Walk, but you never know!  For now, you can hum the famous 70’s rock and roll tune Walk This Way in your head as we take you on a video and photo tour along the beautiful Maui coastline of Wailea on the 1 ½ mile Wailea Beach Walk!

The northern edge of the Wailea Beach Walk begins where Mokapu and Ulua Beaches meet:

The raised boardwalk at the edge of Mokapu beach first leads you to Ulua Beach - a popular snorkeling spot.  Before getting up to speed, take notice of the snorkelers that dot the surface of the water just a few yards offshore.  As many of our guests at Wailea Elua Village know, this is an ideal spot for beginners because five mornings a week, Naturalists from the Pacific Whale Foundation are on-site to offer tips and information as well as hand out free, reef-safe sunscreen.  This Coral Reef Naturalist Program  takes place every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 8:00am-11:30am.  Take a moment and talk story with them and learn how to protect this beautiful reef.


The cooler morning or sunset hours are the best times of day to enjoy the walk, when the air is comfortable and the winds calm, but beaches, benches and bars along the way provide plenty of places to rest or cool off if you find yourself on the path under the mid-day Maui sunshine.   Beach showers, provided in front of most resorts, offer a quick cool-down for the fitness-conscious who may not want to break stride.


As you follow the winding pathway along the lush landscape of Wailea Elua Village, you come around to the rocky point of the Wailea Marriott.  There you’ll notice the coastline changes to a rugged cliff before leveling out again at the luxurious Wailea Beach Villas with its oceanfront infinity pool overlooking  the wide-open, golden sands of Wailea Beach.


Continuing on you come to the sprawling and bustling Grand Wailea. If you’re planning to dine at some of the Wailea resorts' upscale and world-famous restaurants, you may want to take a scenic detour and wander through the resorts to check out the menus or make reservations in person.

Back on the Beach Walk, the ocean slips away as you ascend around Wailea Point, which juts out over the sea and affords a panoramic view of Kaho’olawe, Molokini crater, Lana’i and the West Maui Mountains. A short, stone wall makes a nice resting spot should you need one.  From here, you get a nice view of Wailea Beach and the Wailea Beach Villas as the photo above depicts.

Continuing on, you’ll pass by the Fairmont Kea Lani resort.  I recommend heading down to the beach at this point to soak your feet in the refreshing ocean water and stroll a few yards further to secluded  Polo Beach, the small stretch of soft sand and turquoise waters bordering Destination Resorts Hawaii’s Polo Beach Club (below).



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