attractions in kihei maui

Here are just some of the amazing attractions in Maui!

SNORKELING

Snorkeling in Kihei is amazing.  The little known reef right outside Kihei Surside is absolutely spectacular.  Guests have swum with dolphins, turtles, manta rays, eagle, rays, eels, and hundreds of varieties of fish.  The gem of this snorkel spot is a massive purple coral about 80 yards out off the south edge of the hotel next door. 

SHOPPING

A walk through the Shops of Wailea are a must, even if you don’t plan on spending any money.  There are stores of all types and price points and the memorabilia store of famous musicians is a favorite for many.  Some of the best coffee and ice cream is found in this mall.

MOLOKINI CRATER

Molokini is one of only three volcanic calderas in the world. Located just a few miles off Maui’s shore, it is Hawaii’s only island marine sanctuary. Scientists believe Molokini Crater formed about 150 thousand years ago. Divers and snorkelers flock from all around the world to experience the incredible underwater marine life and excellent visibility of this flourishing islet.

Keawakapu 
Beach

Keawakapu beach faces west, is tranquil, beautiful, and has terrific views of Molokini.  Many vacationers take an early morning walk down the beach to the Wailea boardwalk where they can buy coffee and make the trek back to Kihei.  Whale season is December 15th to May 15th and it is common to see porpoises playing close to shore.  There are several excellent spots to snorkel and boogie board at this beach.

Iao Valley 

Iao Valley is a lush, stream-cut valley in West Maui, Hawaii, located 5 kilometers west of Wailuku. A 4,000-acre, 10-mile long park. Because of its natural environment and history, it has become a tourist location. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1972. 

GOLFING

There are three spectacular courses in Wailea - Blue, Gold, and Emerald.  The blue course is an older, more affordable course that is very playable and enjoyable.  The Emerald and Gold courses are more expensive and challenging with the Gold course being the tougher of the two.  A fun way to spend an afternoon is to practice putting on the green beside the Gold / Emerald clubhouse and then enjoying happy hour in the lounge.