Usually when tourists vacation on Maui, they stay either on the south shore in Kihei/Wailea or on the west shore in Ka'anapali/Lahaina. Both regions possess a row of luxury beachfront resorts, as well as plenty of activities, tours, and restaurants. If staying in Kihei we have a few recommendations. Be sure to plan a beach day at Ulua Beach (pictured), one of Maui's best beaches for snorkeling. If you show up in the early morning, don't be surprised if you are snorkeling with scuba diving classes, as certification classes are held at this beach. For snorkel rental, head on over to Snorkel Bob's. After exploring the reefs, follow the paved beachfront walk for 15 minutes over to Wailea Beach. It is not uncommon to spot celebrities at this beach, as some of Maui's most prestigious resorts are within close proximity. Kihei also enjoys some great golf courses. Check out the three courses offered at the Wailea Golf Club, or drive a bit further east to the Makena Golf Course. A great educational stop we highly recommend is the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale Sanctuary. Admission is free, and you can learn a lot about Hawaii's biggest visiting mammal through hands-on exhibits. Lastly, there are plenty of options for dining in Kihei. From upscale steakhouses to local family restaurants, you are sure to find a great selection of choices. We recommend Lulu's for their burgers and Fred's for their burritos and sunset views.
On East Maui's western shoreline
100-120 Wailea Golf Club Dr
Wailea Alanui Dr (off Wailea Iki Dr), Wailea
On East Maui's leeward shore
726 South Kihei Road
Fun and free Humpback Whale museum/learning center that is worth a short stop... read more
1993 S Kihei Road
South Maui's complete outdoor tours and rentals...
3850 Wailea Alanui Dr
At the Grand Wailea Resort