Kihei Maui, located in South Maui, is known for its endless, sandy beaches. It began as a humble fishing village and served as a retreat for ancient Hawaiian royalty. Kihei Maui stretches several miles long along the coast, and the main road, South Kihei Road, is home to a number of different Maui vacation rentals, hotels, restaurants, condos, and shops. No matter what season you visit, you are sure to find a ton of fun activities both in and out of the water to enjoy!
One of the many unique things to do when visiting Kihei Maui is to set off to catch sight of the mighty humpback whale! Off the coast, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) maintains an ocean sanctuary that aims to protect humpback whales. There is a Visitor’s Center that offers information and exhibits where you can learn more about these large, amazing creatures. You can also take a whale watching boat tour so that you can get up close and personal with some humpback whales.
Beaches and More Beaches
If you’re just wanting to relax on the sand and enjoy the delightfully warm weather, Kihei has several amazing beaches that you can visit, including Poolenalena Beach, Charley Young Beach, Polo Beach, Keawakapu, and Kamaole Beach III.
Kihei’s beaches are well-equipped to help the whole family have a great beach day. You’ll find barbecue areas, picnic places, playgrounds, lifeguards, and bathrooms. When you want to get off the sand, you’ll be able to take a paddle boarding or surf class.
The Molokini Crater is an awe-inspiring volcanic carter that is about 2.5 miles off the coast of Kihei. Part of the crater is above water, and the rest is under the waves. When you take a boat out to the crater, you can scuba dive or snorkel around the area. The crystal-clear and bright blue water surrounding the crater is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. With a visibility of up to 150 feet, you’ll be able to see tropical fish of all kinds and other sea life, such as sea turtles and manta rays. And because the marine life here is used to humans, you won’t scare away or harm any of the beautiful creatures you’ll see. Make sure you choose a good guide who can direct you to the perfect places to dive.