Kihei & South Maui attractions

Top Choice Beach in Makena

Big Beach

The crowning glory of Makena State Park, this untouched beach is arguably the finest on Maui. In Hawaiian it’s called Oneloa, literally ‘Long Sand.’ And indeed the golden sands stretch for the better part of a mile …
Top Choice Beach in Kihei

Keawakapu Beach

From break of day to twilight, this sparkling stretch of sand is a showstopper. Extending from south Kihei to Wailea’s Mokapu Beach, Keawakapu is set back from the main road and is less visible than Kihei’s main roa…
Top Choice Beach in Wailea

Wailea Beach

To strut your stuff celebrity-style, make a beeline to this sparkling strand, which fronts the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons resorts and offers a full menu of water activities. The beach slopes gradually, making it …
State Park in Makena

Makena State Park

Makena State Park should be high on every traveler’s itinerary. Its crowning glory, Big Beach, is the scene that people conjure up when they dream of a Hawaiian beach – beautiful and expansive, with virtually no dev…
Nature Reserve in Beyond Makena

ʻAhihi-Kinaʻu Natural Area Reserve

Although scientists haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact date, Maui’s last lava flow probably spilled down to the sea here between AD 1480 and 1600, shaping ʻAhihi Bay and Cape Kinaʻu. Today, the jagged lava coas…
Bay in Makena

Makena Bay

Want to kayak along the coast? Then drop into this pretty bay. There’s no better place on Maui for kayaking – as you might surmise from the collection of kayak-tour vans parked here every morning. When seas are calm…
Beach in Makena

Maluʻaka Beach

Dubbed ‘Turtle Beach,’ this golden swath of sand behind the now-closed Makena Beach & Golf Resort is popular with snorkelers and kayakers hoping to glimpse the surprisingly graceful sea turtles that feed along t…
Beach in Wailea

Ulua Beach

Snorkelers should head straight for Ulua Beach, to the south of the point. The coral at the rocky outcrop on the right side of Ulua Beach offers Wailea’s best easy-access snorkeling.
Beach in Kihei

Charley Young Beach

On a side-street, out of view of busy S Kihei Rd, this neighborhood beach is the least-touristed strand in Kihei. It’s a real jewel in the rough: broad and sandy, and backed by swaying coconut palms. You’re apt to f…
Beach in Kihei

Kamaʻole Beach Park III

Covered in a blanket of golden sand, Kamaʻole Beach Park III has full facilities and lifeguards, plus a playground and parking lot. Great spot for a beach day. The shaded picnic tables starting filling up early on w…