Kamaole 1

Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
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beginner
Viz (last reported 2265h ago)
Max Depth
40ft (unconfirmed)

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Kamaole 1

A wide, sandy beach, with good swimming. The north end of this stretch of beach is called “Charley Young Beach.” Charley Young was a military reporter who came at the wrong time to build his house here – during WWII all these beaches were taken over and made to simulate enemy beach landings. Anyway, Charley got his land back after the war, and built his house. The Charley Young end of Kam I is more popular with locals, and since the lifeguard and more visible parking and beach access for Kam I is at the other end of the beach, Charley Young is not usually as crowded with visitors. The Charley Young parking lot is on Kaiau St., as is a public access path and stairs to that end of the beach. Parking for the rest of Kam I is at the main parking area right in front of the beach, on street, and at an overflow lot across the road. (see Google map below for all Kam parking lots.)

Kamaole 1 Tide Chart and Surf Report (Beta)

Sunday
2:33 AM / 1.470ft
Sunday
8:33 AM / -0.005ft
Sunday
4:26 PM / 2.187ft
Sunday
10:13 PM / 0.623ft
Monday
2:37 AM / 1.346ft

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Cayley Larimer
Cayley Larimer
Jul 27, 2021, 10:29 PM
snorkel
Crowded beach but saw a few turtles which was cool
Roy Kawamura
Roy Kawamura
Jul 21, 2021, 11:24 PM
snorkel
We came here to snorkel, as we read that the north end of the beach was good for snorkeling. We found the snorkeling to be quite poor, with very sandy (cloudy) water, not a lot of coral or rocks to attract fish, and not surprisingly, relatively few fish. The beach itself is pretty, and if you just want a nice beach to visit, this one is probably fine. But don't waste your time with this beach as a snorkeling spot.
Emily Arnold
Emily Arnold
Jul 21, 2021, 11:24 PM
snorkel
Sand, Surf, Sun and snorkeling right off of the beach. Hard to beat. Turtles all around the point to the North provided snorkel viewing (fish too)