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A quiet beach on Maui even during peak tourist season?! Yes, it exists!

West Maui as a whole can be considered a tourist hotspot with many crowded beaches to be found.

If you’re looking to try to find a beach to hang out at without the crowds, you may consider giving a visit to Oneloa Beach aka Ironwoods Beach in Kapalua!

 

Ironwoods Maui: Among the best beaches in Kapalua at Oneloa Beach. west maui hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Maui: Among the best beaches in Kapalua at Oneloa Beach. west maui hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Maui: Among the best beaches in Kapalua at Oneloa Beach. west maui hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Maui: Among the best beaches in Kapalua at Oneloa Beach. west maui hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Maui: Among the best beaches in Kapalua at Oneloa Beach. west maui hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Beach. Oneloa Beach. Best Kapalua beaches without the crowds, West Maui. hawaii travel blog

 

 

 

 

There are coastal sand dunes here!

Ironwoods sand dunes in Maui Hawaii. Oneloa Beach, Kapalua. Hawaii travel blog

 

Now, these are small dunes that don’t compare in size to national lakeshore park sand dunes found elsewhere in the US, but the Ironwoods sand dunes are still considered to be important.

 

Ironwoods coastal sand dunes in Maui Hawaii. Oneloa Beach, Kapalua. Hawaii travel blog

Sand dunes play an important role in protecting the shorelines and providing habitat for many of the unique plants and animals found in Hawaii.

Coastal erosion is a natural process.

The dynamic nature of shorelines can be observed in the annual retreat and recovery of many beaches.

 

Ironwoods coastal sand dunes in Maui Hawaii. Oneloa Beach, Kapalua. Hawaii travel blog
kokua = help! See more common Hawaiian words you might hear during your Hawaii vacation.

 

 

Ironwoods Beach parking

Kapalua Ironwoods parking for oneloa beach. maui hawaii travel blog

 

There’s a parking lot located right at the start of the trail to Ironwoods Beach aka Oneloa Beach. You can also consider this parking for the Kapalua Coastal Trail.

Google maps also has another Oneloa Beach listed, so make sure to check that it’s taking you to Kapalua if you’re relying on google maps for driving directions. (Makena Beach in South Maui is also officially called Oneloa Beach although that beach is more commonly called Makena Beach or Big Beach.) You can also look for Kapalua Ironwoods on google maps and it will take you to the parking lot.

 

Kapalua Ironwoods parking for oneloa beach. maui hawaii travel blog

Kapalua Ironwoods parking for oneloa beach - lower honoapiilani road and kapalua place. maui hawaii travel blog

Kapalua Ironwoods parking for oneloa beach. maui hawaii travel blog

Kapalua Ironwoods parking for oneloa beach. maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

Getting to Ironwoods Beach by bus

Getting to Ironwoods, Oneloa Beach by bus. Kapalua bus. maui hawaii travel blog

 

It’s possible to get to Oneloa Beach by bus. There’s a bus that goes to Kapalua.

It’s about a 10 minute walk from the nearest bus stop to Ironwoods parking lot for the start of the beach path.

 

Getting to Ironwoods, Oneloa Beach by bus. Kapalua bus. maui hawaii travel blog

 

If you’re coming from Kaanapali or Lahaina, then it’ll be a direct bus to get to Kapalua. It’s a 45 minute bus ride from Kaanapali, and a 75 minute bus ride from Lahaina. If you’re coming from elsewhere, then you’ll transfer at Lahaina to get on the bus to Kapalua. 

Google maps is a reliable way to get around Maui by bus. You’ll select the public transit option. If it’s not showing that the bus stop is a 10 minute walk from the Ironwoods, then that likely means the bus is temporarily not going there. But in normal times, you can get there by bus!

This bus route is generally once an hour, so it’s best to plan ahead and pay attention to the bus timings!

 

 

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Now…

More PHOTOS of Ironwoods Beach and getting there

 

 

Path to beach

You will see the trail to the coast from the parking lot.

 

How to get to Oneloa Beach - path to ironwoods beach. kapalua. maui hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Beach, Oneloa beach dangers. ocean safety tips. surf. kapalua west maui. hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Beach, Oneloa beach dangers. ocean safety tips. surf. kapalua west maui. hawaii travel blog
Dangers of Oneloa Beach: High surf, strong current, slippery rocks.

 

How to get to Oneloa Beach - path to ironwoods beach. kapalua. maui hawaii travel blog

How to get to Oneloa Beach - path to ironwoods beach. kapalua. maui hawaii travel blog

How to get to Oneloa Beach - path to ironwoods beach. kapalua. maui hawaii travel blog

How to get to Oneloa Beach - path to ironwoods beach. kapalua. maui hawaii travel blog

 

On your way down this path, there’s also a small faucet to rinse off the sand on your way back. (The only beach facilities you will find here.)

 

showers at Oneloa Beach, ironwoods beach. maui hawaii travel blog

 

Once you reach the end of the path down, you’ll meet the trail that goes along the coast!

 

Oneloa Beach, ironwoods beach on Kapalua Coastal Trail. maui hawaii travel blog

 

At this point you are basically directly at Ironwoods Beach aka Oneloa Beach, so it’s just a matter of taking the “stairs” down to the beach! There are a couple of sets of stairs along the sand dunes that you can take.

 

Stairs to coastal sand dunes at Oneloa Beach, ironwoods beach. kapalua. maui hawaii travel blog

Stairs to coastal sand dunes at Oneloa Beach, ironwoods beach. kapalua. maui hawaii travel blog

Stairs to coastal sand dunes at Oneloa Beach, ironwoods beach. kapalua. maui hawaii travel blog

Stairs to coastal sand dunes at Oneloa Beach, ironwoods beach. kapalua. maui hawaii travel blog

 

Enjoy the beach!!

That’s the island of Molokai off in the distance.

 

Ironwoods Beach. Oneloa Beach. Kapalua, West Maui. hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Beach. Oneloa Beach. Kapalua, West Maui. hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Beach. Oneloa Beach. Kapalua, West Maui. hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Beach. Oneloa Beach. Kapalua, West Maui. hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Beach. Oneloa Beach. Kapalua, West Maui. hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Beach. Oneloa Beach. Kapalua, West Maui. hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Beach. Oneloa Beach. Kapalua, West Maui. hawaii travel blog

Ironwoods Beach. Oneloa Beach. Kapalua, West Maui. hawaii travel blog

 

 

 

And that’s a bit about Oneloa Beach aka Ironwoods Beach!

 

Where to next?!

Things to do from Ironwoods Beach

Continue on the Kapalua Coastal Trail!

 

Things to do in Ironwoods Maui, Kapalua. Ironwoods Beach to kapalua coastal trail. hawaii travel blog

Things to do in Ironwoods Maui, Kapalua. Ironwoods Beach to kapalua coastal trail. hawaii travel blog

 

Facing the ocean, off to the right (to the north) you can find Makaluapuna Point and Fleming Beach.

 

Things to do in Ironwoods Maui, Kapalua. Ironwoods Beach to Makaluapuna Point. hawaii travel blog
Makaluapuna Point 👆

 

Things to do in Ironwoods Maui, Kapalua. Ironwoods Beach to flemings beach. hawaii travel blog
Fleming Beach 👆

 

Off to the left (to the south) you can find Hawea Point and Kapalua Bay Beach.

 

Things to do in Ironwoods Maui, Kapalua. Ironwoods Beach to hawea point. hawaii travel blog
Hawea Point 👆

 

Things to do in Ironwoods Maui, Kapalua. Ironwoods Beach to kapalua bay beach. hawaii travel blog
Kapalua Bay Beach, a good Maui snorkeling spot 👆

 

 

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For another quieter beach on Maui that usually gets less tourists, try Makena Cove aka Secret Cove! This is located in South Maui. Ironwoods Beach is sometimes referred to as a photography spot for couples, and the same goes for Makena Cove.

 

HAPPY QUIET BEACH TIME IN THE IRONWOODS OF KAPALUA!

 

Ironwoods Beach. Oneloa Beach. Best Kapalua beaches without the crowds, West Maui. hawaii travel blog

 

 

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