South Maui

South Maui is a place for lazy days and romantic nights. You’ll find the sunniest, driest area of Maui on the peaceful southwestern coast. Blessed with miles of sandy beaches and clear views of three Hawaii islands

Explore the immersive underwater aquarium at the Maui Ocean Center in the whale-friendly Maalaea Bay. Enjoy discovering Maui’s warm hospitality on its spectacular southern coast. 

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Explore Maui by region: West Side MauiCentral MauiUpcountry MauiEast Maui.

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Island Highlights

- Haleakala National Park: A scenic national park on the island of Maui and home to Maui’s highest peak.
- Hana: Is a small, untouched town on Maui’s eastern coastline. To get here visitors must travel one of the world’s most scenic drives.
- Iao Valley State Park: Features one of Maui’s most recognizable landmarks, the 1,200-foot Iao Needle.
- Kaanapali Beach: Is the signature beach of West Maui.
- Lahaina: Is a historic whaling village and lively West Maui hot spot.
- Makawao: A rural, artistic community on the slopes of Upcountry Maui, home to the Paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy.
- Makena Beach: Also known as “Big Beach,” is one of the largest beaches in Maui.
- Molokini: Is a small island a few miles off of Maui’s southwestern coast that’s well suited for snorkelers and divers.
- The Pools of Oheo: Located just past Hana, are beautiful pools fed by cascading waterfalls.


Kihei

Kihei Maui

Kihei is beach-combing territory on Maui’s southwest shore, the sunniest, driest end of the island. Once a regular destination for sojourning Hawaiian royalty, Kihei features six miles of beaches, which offer clear views of Kahoolawe, Molokini, Lanai and West Maui. Along with swimming and surfing you can also find great snorkeling and kayaking, and you may even spot a giant humpback whale spouting or breaching the ocean’s surface.

Location: Southwest Maui, about 25 minutes from Kahului Airport

Makena Beach

Makena Beach Maui

Makena Beach, also known as “Big Beach,” is one of the largest beaches in Maui with golden sands extending nearly 2/3 of a mile long and 100 yards wide. Nestled between two black-lava outcroppings, Makena offers protection from the trade winds and provides great views of the islands of Molokini and Kahoolawe. 

Location: South of Wailea, roughly a 50-minute drive from Lahaina

Molokini

Molokini Maui

Molokini is a small crescent moon-shaped island a few miles off of Maui’s southwestern coast that’s well suited for anchored sail boats, snorkelers and divers. Molokini spans over 18 acres and rises 160 feet above reef-filled waters, a kaleidoscope of coral and more than 250 species of tropical fish. Early morning is the best time of day to explore this pristine island reserve.

Location: Three miles off of Maui’s southwestern coast

Wailea

Wailea Maui

Known for its five beautiful, crescent-shaped beaches and stellar golf courses, Wailea is a luxurious resort community in South Maui that spans 1,500 acres of land with staggering ocean views. The area exudes a sense of privacy, serenity and freedom spread across an area three times the size of Waikiki. These beaches provide great views of Molokini Crater as well as the Islands of Lanai and Kahoolawe. Wailea Beach is also one of Maui’s best whale watching beaches during the winter months. 

Location: South Maui, about 35 minutes from Kahului Airport


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