⚠️ SEP 12, 2023 – IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THE FIRES IN MAUI!
Much of the island of Maui has been tragically impacted by recent fires, with the region known as West Maui being most affected and Historic Lahaina Town having been all but destroyed.
All fires are contained (or nearly so) at this point. Travel is safe and encouraged, outside of the West Maui region!
The Hawaii Tourism Authority message to tourists is to maintain travel plans to visit the island and to help support the local economy, but to be mindful and respectful of the hardships the locals are enduring, and to avoid the West Maui region.
You can find out more about the Hawaii fires and find the most current updates here: HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
Mokapu Beach is an idyllic, golden-sand shoreline in the Wailea-Makena region of Maui. It is located directly in front of the Andaz Resort Maui and is a premier destination for sunset, whale watching, and the nightly “Feast of Mokapu Luau.”
This is one of our favorite beaches in the Wailea region and one we have spent many sunsets at sipping Mai Tais and photographing the sunset. It is always a magical experience.
Discover everything you need to know for visiting Mokapu Beach including photo inspiration and directions on how to book the incredible sunset luau that takes place nearby.
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📸 Mokapu Beach Photo Gallery
🌴 About Mokapu Beach: An Overview
- Nearest Town: Wailea
- Parking? Yes, a shared parking lot with Ulua Beach.
- Public Bathrooms? Yes.
- Picnic Benches? No.
- Showers? Yes.
- Grills? No.
- Lifeguard? No.
Located at the base of the Andaz Resort, Mokapu Beach is a beautiful golden-sand beach similar to many others you will discover along the Wailea shoreline.
What makes it special and unique from nearby options is the nightly sunset luau, the adorning lava rock, and the greenery that separates it from nearby Ulua Beach. This section of lush vegetation also provides a stage for large, healthy palm trees that are perfect for framing sunset.
During the day, this quarter-mile sandy beach is the perfect spot for lounging and enjoying the tropical Maui weather, as well as offering excellent snorkeling and bodyboarding offshore. Due to its close proximity to some of the best honeymoon hotels in Maui, it is particularly popular with couples on a romantic getaway.
Mokapu Beach is also considered one of the Top 10 places for watching sunset in Maui.
📍 How to Get to Mokapu Beach
With Navigation: Set navigation to “Ulua Beach Public Parking.” This is the access point for both Ulua Beach and Mokapu Beach.
General Directions: Driving south along Wailea Alanui Drive from Kihei, turn right onto Ulua Beach Road after passing Andaz Resort Maui. The public parking area will be your first right turn.
🌅 When to Visit Mokapu Beach
The best time to visit Mokapu Beach is at sunset. The views to the west are completely unobstructed and there are a handful of palms majestically staged to frame some incredible Hawaii sunset shots. Additionally, lava rock adorns the shoreline to add visual interest to the scenery.
The Feast at Mokapu Luau also begins at sunset which can be viewed even if you are not a guest of the hotel. That said, partaking in the meal and total experience is highly recommended and was voted one of the best things to do for sunset in Maui.
As Mokapu Beach is basically connected to Andaz, it can be quite crowded on sunny days with hotel guests and other tourists staying nearby. Still, it is a large enough beach that you should have no trouble finding a place to call home any time of day.
💃 The Feast at Mokapu Luau
Every night at sunset, native Hawaiians perform an authentic luau that tells the story of Maui’s history according to legend. This cultural delight is paired with authentic Hawaiian food, tropical cocktails, music, and usually a beautiful sky.
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