Here’s a video guide to Palauea Beach (aka White Rock), my favorite beach on the entire island of Maui. It’s a superb spot for snorkeling, paddle boarding, and boogie boarding. There are lava outcroppings on both ends of the beach that are usually hopping with underwater life. I found the south end of the beach a little more active with turtles and fish. As usual, morning is the best time for snorkeling because the water is calm and uncrowded. Waves are typically calm, but can become variable with a south swell. The kiawe trees that line the back of the beach give off nice shade when the sun gets too intense. The vibe is very relaxed, so if you prefer a resort beach, this isn’t for you.
There are no bathrooms or amenities here, and the regulars like it that way. If you need a bathroom, there’s a beach park near the Fairmont Kealani just north of White Rock. If you’re coming from Wailea, just drive on Wailea Alanui past most of the resorts. Turn right onto Kaukahi Street and left on Makena Road.
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