Introducing Kihei & South Maui
Sunsets are a communal affair in South Maui – just look at the throngs crowding the beach wall at Kamaʻole Beach Park II in the late afternoon. It’s a scene repeated up and down the coast here every day.
Dubbed Haole-wood for its LA-style strip malls and white-bread resorts, the region is a bit shiny and overbuilt. But dig deeper and you’ll find a mixed plate of scenery and adventure, from Kihei to Wailea, Makena and beyond, that’s truly unique. You can snorkel reefs teeming with turtles, kayak to remote bays or sail in an outrigger canoe. The coral gardens are so rich you can dive from the shore. And the beaches are undeniably glorious, whether you’re looking to relax beneath a resort cabana or wanting to discover your own little pocket of sand. Add reliably sunny weather, quiet coastal trails and a diverse dining scene and South Maui’s a pretty irresistible place to strand yourself.
The largest tourist destination in Maui, this busy oceanfront community is a good choice for vacationers on a short trip who want to maximize their beach time and throw in an adventure or two. With 6 miles of beaches, loads of affordable accommodations and dining options, it offers everything necessary for an enjoyable seaside vacation.
Sights in Kihei & South Maui
Activities in Kihei & South Maui
Restaurants in Kihei & South Maui
Guesthouses and B&Bs
With its tidy golf courses, protective privacy walls and discreet signage, Wailea looks like a members-only country club. And that’s without mentioning the ubiquitous valets. Wailea is South Maui’s most elite haunt, and it stands in sharp contrast to Kihei.