Paia Bay Maui

Pa'ia, HI

Paia Bay Maui – A Local Bodyboarding & Surfing Favorite

Paia Bay is located right outside of the small beach town of Pa’ia. This beach is ok for swimming, and if you go to the far north spot you will most likely see some turtles chilling in the sand, soaking up some sun.

If you are a bodyboarder, this is the spot for you. But I will caution you to the following – it’s for experienced bodyboarders only. My son and his friends go here a lot, especially during the winter months where the surf can get pretty big.

Paia bay photo

In general though, the surf is usually pretty good and the waves can get pretty big. Fins are a good idea if you are going to bodyboard here. If you’re a surfer, there are waves for you too as there is a good break further offshore. Again, this is not a place for beginner bodyboarders or surfers.

There is also a basketball court (which has overhead lighting as well) right next to a multi-purpose grass field. There isn’t really a dedicated parking area, but there is a youth center (Paia Youth Center) that shares the area and you can park in that lot if there is availability. Other than that, there is another parking lot across the street from the basketball courts just as you are entering Pa’ia town.

As far as amenities, there are showers and restrooms here, but the restrooms are not usually the cleanest. Unfortunately there is a growing homeless population in Pa’ia town so the facilities are not the greatest. Not so bad during the day but definitely not a spot that I would hang out at in the evening. This location is also not ADA accessible.

Because I live so close by in Pa’ia, I do come to Pa’ia Bay sometimes in the early morning for a jog up and down the beach, but it’s not typically a beach I frequent with my family. As I mentioned before, my son (who’s 19) comes here with his friends but they are experienced bodyboarders & surfers. So if that’s you, this is a good spot for you. If you have a family and looking for a more family friendly spot, you can check out Baldwin Beach Park which is right next door (one minute drive or 5 minute walk)

Directions / Location:

Public Restrooms

One comfort station


Shore swimming, bodyboarding, surfing, no lifeguard on duty

Picnic Areas:

Small grass field, no bbq or picnic tables

ADA Accessibility:



Shared parking lot with Pa’ia youth center