Waiala Cove / Ahihi Cove / Kanahena Cove

4 stars from 2 reviews
Address End of Makena Alanui Road, Wailea, HI
Roadside beach in south Maui. Popular for snorkeling.

• Parking: Street only • Good For: Snorkeling
• Good For: Sunsets

Full Description
This one goes by several names including Ahihi Cove, Waiala Cove, and Kanahena Cove but it's all the same place. It's located in south Maui, at the south end of the Wailea area.

Getting here is really easy, just follow Makena Road south and it's literally right off the road. You'll pass it just before you reach Ahihi Bay as you head south. If you've run out of road then you went a little bit too far and are at the Lava Fields of La Perouse Bay so you can catch Waiala Cove / Ahihi Cove / Kanahena Cove on your way back.

The cove is a popular spot for snorkeling with both tourists and locals but it's not for everyone. The beach doesn't really exist here, it's more of a rocky shoreline which makes getting in and out of the water a challenge for some. You also won't find any lifeguards here so you're swimming at your own risk. On that note, there are no facilities of any kind here.

Parking is scarce so this place is never crowded. But this is a snorkeler's beach near with beautiful views of Lana'i nestled between some of Maui's nicest private homes. If you can find a place to park, it's a neat place to stop even if just to grab some photos.

Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
Pretty cool place to snorkel if things are calm. It's one of those places where you'll stop and start wondering how you can move to Maui and live in one of the few houses steps away from this place.
Gina D
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 19
Likes Received: 2
While parking is limited (arrive early in the day), this spot is wonderful. Entrance is a bit rocky and drops off quickly. Swim out either left or right and you'll be amazed at the number of fish you will find. It is a protected area and dogs are not allowed. Nice spot by Le Perouse (which is also wonderful and should have reopened summer 2016).
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