South Maui

Welcome to South Maui

Ma’alaea

Despite having a population of only 350 people, this community still has something for everyone. The bay here is a popular departure point for many boats ready for adventure including snorkeling, whale watching, fishing, and stunning sunset cruises.

One of the main attractions of Ma’alaea is the world famous Maui Ocean Center, an incredible aquarium and great place to visit for children and adults alike.  Once you’re done enjoying your lunch at one of the several harbor front restaurants in Ma’alaea, a quick five minute drive will bring you to Maui tropical Plantation, where you can enjoy shopping, ziplines and more of the amazing views that Maui offers, including that of the sunflower farm planted by Pacific Biodiesel featuring acres of sunflowers.

Kihei

This area of Maui is one of the sunniest and driest part of the island. It boasts six miles of beaches and is only 25 minutes from the Kahului Airport. Here you’ll find more affordable condos, small hotels and cottages, and smaller shopping malls. The community here is thriving. Kihei Fourth Friday Town Party is a monthly family friendly gathering in town that offers local crafts and artwork sale, live music, and food trucks and stands. Even if it isn’t the fourth Friday of the month, the nightlife here has something for everyone with karaoke, dancing, sports bars, and restaurants that appeal to locals and tourists alike. 

There’s so much to do here it seems hard for the beach to compete, but this one can hold its own. Kalama Beach Park has 36 oceanfront acres, and a space for surfing, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, baseball, picnics, tennis, basketball, a playground, roller skating, a skate park, and beach volleyball. If that doesn’t wear you out, then visit Hawai'ian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. No matter where you look, it seems there’s always something to do in Kihei.

Wailea

Wailea is synonymous with luxury, offering high end shopping, dining and art galleries at The Shops at Wailea.  If you are a golfer, you will want to book a tee time at any one (or all) of the world class golf courses, the Wailea Gold, Wailea Emerald or the Wailea Blue Courses. 

If tennis is your game, the Wailea Tennis Club (named by the United States Tennis Association as one of the best facilities in the country) will be a treat for you. Don’t forget there may also be a chance for some celebrity sightings, as this is a playground for the rich and famous as well. 

Wailea is home to spectacular condos and impressive private homes, even by Maui’s standard. When you consider the five resorts in Wailea, and world re-nowned spas and shopping, it becomes clear that this location is perfect for anyone who loves to be pampered. 

Wailea’s beach offerings include five crescent shaped golden sand beaches. Of them, Ulua and Mokapu beaches are best for scuba diving, while Polo, Keawakapu, and Wailea are best for swimming and snorkeling. All five will take your breath away. For those looking for still more to do, consider coming to Maui to enjoy a festival like the Taste of Wailea, Wailea Food and Wine Festival, Wailea Restaurant week, and finally the Maui Film Festival (held in Wailea) where you will watch some of the world’s premier films in a one of a kind setting – bring your beach chair and enjoy the natural ampitheater under the stars!

Makena

With a weather forecast of sunny, dry, and hot all year round, Makena draws many to its shores. Here you’ll find rocks, grass and prickly pears more commonly located in the African savannah, as well as resorts, hotels, and multimillion dollar homes lining the coast. If you want a challenging golf game, visit Makena Resort Golf. The courses here have steeper slopes and fast greens, not to mention breathtaking beauty. 

The hotspot to visit in Makena is Makena State Park. While it may be busy on weekends and holidays, if you visit on a week day you’ll likely find yourself alone on a beach that feels wild and isolated, a feeling hard to come by in present day Hawai'i. The beaches here provide clear water, frequent sightings of sea turtles, and fantastic views above or below the water. 

Hotels in Wailea include the Four Seasons, The Fairmont Kealani, Grand Wailea, Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott & the adults only, Hotel Wailea.

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