Mama’s Fish House Beach (Kuau Cove): The Complete Guide

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Come for the beach, stay for the food – Mama’s Fish House Beach (also known as Kuau Cove) is a quaint but stunning little beach on the north shore of Maui. It is considered one of the best places on Maui for sunset and is good for turtle spotting.

You do not actually need to dine at the restaurant to enjoy the beach. That said, Mama’s Fish House is known for having the best seafood on Maui, perhaps in Hawaii, so it is worth considering.

Below is a short but complete guide with everything you need to know for visiting.

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Mama’s Fish House Beach General Information

Below is all of the general information that may be useful for planning a day trip or short visit to the beach.

DESCRIPTION

Located along the North Shore of Maui, Mama’s Fish House Beach is a small but beautiful golden sand beach. It can be found directly in front of the restaurant bearing its namesake and is also known as Kuau Cove.

It is considered one of the best places to watch sunset in Maui and is good for snorkeling, so make sure you bring your snorkel gear. Both of these are especially true when the resident sea turtles, or honu as they’re locally known, pay their usual evening visit.

Hanging palm tree over Mama's Fish House Beach in Maui on a sunny day.

SERVICES

  • Nearest Town: Paia.
  • Public Bathrooms? No, but the restaurant has one.
  • Picnic Benches? No, but there are small sitting benches on the grassy knoll near the restaurant.
  • Showers? No.
  • Grills? No.
  • Lifeguard? No.

How to Get to Mama’s Fish House Beach

Satellite image of Mama's Fish House Beach.

With Navigation: Simply input Mama’s Fish House restaurant and you cannot miss the beach.

General Directions: Mama’s Fish House is located on the Hana Highway (also known as the Road to Hana) just beyond the popular tourist town of Paia as you head east toward Hana. Visitors traveling from Hana will find it just past Hookipa Beach Park on the right hand side.

It is well-signed and very visible from the roadside so you will not be able to miss it from either direction. Look for the large boat bearing its name on the roadside, indicating your turn.

When to Visit

Mama's Fish House Beach at sunset photography.
Mama’s Fish House Beach at sunset

Sunset is the best time to visit Mama’s Fish House Beach. The sun will come down toward the West Maui Mountains directly in line with your view, creating a beautiful scene. If you’re fortunate, you may be visited by honus, Hawaiian green sea turtles, whom often come to rest on the shores at sunset.

In addition, the sun always sets in Maui between 6 – 7pm any time of year, which makes for the perfect dinner with a view and a night in Maui you won’t forget. For the dinner with a view, Mama’s earned a spot on the list of the Top 10 Maui Sunsets Photo Spots.

Of course, there is no bad time to visit! Anytime the sun is out is a good time to relax on the shore.

Other Relevant Maui Guides

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Make sure you do miss any hidden gems like Black Sand Beach (above) with our Maui Itinerary Guide.

Before you go, you may want to skim some of the titles for other relevant Maui guides below to ensure you do not miss any epic beaches, sunset destinations, or noteworthy things to do during your visit to the Valley Isle!

HAWAII PACKING LIST: A printable essential packing list + 25 useful items to consider
5-7 DAY MAUI ITINERARY: How to see the entire island in one week or less
BEST MAUI PHOTO SPOTS: 15 best places for photographing Maui
MAUI SUNSETS: Top 10 places to watch sunset in Maui
NORTH SHORE OF MAUI: All the best beaches and things to do on Maui’s North Shore
MAUI SECRET BEACHES: Discover the Top 10 secret beaches of Maui.

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