Overview of Polo Beach

Polo Beach

Hawaiian Islands


Polo Beach is a good site for beginner diving. Easy access and all facilities.

Directions: At the South End of Highway 31, bear right onto Wailea Iki. Continue to the T, turn left on Wailea Alanui. In 1 mile, turn right onto Kuakahi. Drive down to the T and turn right into the public access.


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04/21/2019 Thomas Tancre (Avg: 3.31 Review) - The north side of the beach has a rocky Coastline with lots of Great Coral very shallow perfect for snorkeling. Lots of shells sea urchins Turtles eels and some nice schools of fish. There are some overhangs and some limited topography. Heading in a Northerly Direction along the reef about two-thirds of the way you can follow a finger out to some outer Reef in about 35 to 40 feet of water with better visibility and more scuba options. Super easy entry lots of parking Shady Beach park with great lawns and picnic tables perfect for after dive barbecues. Clean restrooms great showers. There is usually some strong Coastal Current and conditions can be surgey and murky. There are some large catamaran tour boats which frequent this spot so divers should use extra caution when leaving the shoreline areas and surfacing. Overall a pleasing easy dive might be a little boring for advanced divers. Nice Fields finger corals quite a number of interesting and rare nudibranchs

02/03/2010 Lynne Flaherty (Avg: 3.63 Review) - We've done this dive several times, going to the north end of the beach and starting on the rock ribs, and then working our way out to the patch reefs. The corals here are really in beautiful condition, compared with a lot of other sites. The rock ribs are VERY shallow (10') so subject to reduced viz and surge when there is surf. It's a good idea to tow a flag/float when entering and exiting, as the hotel runs a large outrigger canoe in and out of this beach.

05/30/2009 Jerry Burawski (Avg: 3.53 Review) - Good to check out. Pretty mellow dive. Easy beach walk in & out. Park 100' from the water. Compared to some other dives this one was just OK.

10/14/2005 Kendall Roberg (Avg: 3.85 Review) - I suggest the North Side of this beach. This reef is awesome with some very cool small caves and arches. The visibility was bad going out but, once out at the reef, it cleared up. The reef structure and all the holes and caves are what makes this dive fun and unique. Great second dive for the day and easy to navigate.

08/04/2002 Bill Stohler (Avg: 2.65 Review) - The South side of this site is also the North side of White Rock, which is entered off the right side of Palauea Beach. The swim from Polo Beach is a bit farther to get to the reef, but there are some patch reefs antler corals and a lot of white sand along the way. Not a bad dive, but I prefer the White Rock entry as you get to the reef sooner.


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Entrance at Polo Beach 

Entrance to the parking is well marked.


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Parking at Polo Beach 

There is lots of parking.

Left Entry

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Left Entry at Polo Beach 

Heed posted warning signs.

Right Entry

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Right Entry at Polo Beach 

Choose your entry point, and enjoy!

Last Verification: September, 2000  


Diver Averages for  Polo Beach  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.00
Bottom Conditions:  3.60
Reef Conditions:  3.60
Animal Life:  3.20
Plant Life:  2.60
Facilities:  3.40
Solitude 2.80
Roads:  4.40
*Site Average:  3.39

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.80
Beginner Scuba:  4.00
Intermediate Scuba:  4.00
Advanced Scuba:  3.00
Night diving Scuba:  3.20

Number of reviews for this site: 5


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