MUST DO: Maui’s Stunning Oceanfront Boardwalk
At Boutique Host we are continually on a mission to offer our readers and travelers the best local hot spots, scenic attractions, and the most memorable adventures. And while this oceanfront boardwalk is no hidden gem, it’s agreed by tourists and locals alike that no trip to Maui would be complete without a stroll along the Wailea Coastal Walk.
The mile-and-a-half long paved path runs oceanside from Ulua Beach to Polo Beach and is a good 35 minute walk from end to end, perfect for your early morning jog or sunset stroll (they’re equally as rewarding). The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Bonus: leashed dogs are welcome!
When making Wailea accommodation choices, the following hotels (among others) have direct access to the boardwalk: Andaz (grown-up modern), Wailea Beach Resort Marriott (business or leisure), The Grand Wailea Resort (kids love it), Four Seasons Resort Maui (couples get it), Fairmont Kea Lani (caters to all).
Whether or not you choose to stay at the Four Seasons, be sure to stop by their pop-up market, the Beachwalk Cafe—located right on the path—for iced coffee, gelato (we tried all seven flavors and chocolate was our fave, hands down), snacks, branded gift shop items and more. They also have a patio where you can sit, relax and enjoy your refreshments while watching the waves.
In addition to exercise and good eats, the path boasts scenic views of four islands: West Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokini (the small, partially sunken volcanic crater between Maui and Kahoolawe) and you’ll pass five (public) white sand beaches—ideal for a mid-run dip or scenic snorkeling—and potentially spot incredible wildlife including (but not limited to) sea turtles and humpback whales (most likely to be spotted November through May at the elevated Wailea Point portion of the boardwalk). Need we say more? If you’re staying anywhere near Wailea, this walk is a must! The best part? It’s free!