Cove Beach Park, Maui: The COMPLETE Guide (2022)

As the name suggests, Cove Beach Park is a small cove with golden sand and a few basic services for visitors. It is located at the southern end of Kalama Park in South Maui and is one of 15 beautiful beaches in Kihei.

This beach is most popular with surfers, bodyboarders, and stand-up paddleboarders, as well as casual beachgoers. The sheltered cove keeps the waves gentle, ideal for the surf lessons that are held here.

Discover everything you need to know for visiting this small Kihei cove below.

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Cove Beach Park Photo Gallery

  • Cove Beach Park in Maui on a cloudy day

The photo gallery above showcases what you can expect to see on a visit to Cove Beach Park.

This small beach is mostly popular for people learning to surf and/or stand up paddleboard, but the palms also provide some aloha vibes to the golden-sand cove.

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Cove Beach Park Overview

Bodyboarders and surfers crowd the waters of Cove Beach Park.

SERVICES

  • Nearest Town: Kihei
  • Parking? A small parking lot is available but often full
  • Public Bathrooms? Porta-potties
  • Picnic Benches? Yes
  • Showers? Yes
  • Grills? Yes
  • Lifeguard? No

DESCRIPTION

Cove Beach Park is one of the best beaches in Kihei for bodyboarding, paddleboarding, and learning to surf.

Cove Beach Park is a small, gold-sand beach in South Kihei on the Hawaiian island of Maui. It is located within a sheltered cove that keeps the water calm and still, making it an ideal place for learning to surf, stand-up paddleboard lessons, and swimming.

If you continue south of the cove just a short way, you will discover another secluded sandy beach that most don’t ever get to! This Maui secret beach is a better option for laying out, swimming and/or snorkeling.

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How to Get to Cove Beach Park

A satellite view of Cove Beach Park (indicated by the red pin) in South Kihei on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
A satellite view of Cove Beach Park (indicated by the red pin) in South Kihei.

With Navigation: Enter “Cove Beach Park” into your navigation and it will bring you to the parking lot.

General Directions: The parking lot for Cove Beach Park is located on Iliili Rd, off of S Kihei Road. Coming from the north, turn right onto Iliili Rd, or turn left if coming from the south.

When to Visit

A distant Cove Beach as seen from the parking area.

Sunset is the best time to visit Cove Beach Park if you want to experience one of the iconic Maui sunsets for which the island is known. The views of the western horizon are completely unobstructed and framed by tropical palms.

Most of the day will have calm waters here, but the mornings are particularly popular for water sports.

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Cove Beach in Kihei is located within a sheltered cove that keeps the water calm and still, making it an ideal place for learning to surf, stand-up paddleboard, and swimming.

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