Beachfront Snorkeling and Scuba
We have a beautiful natural reef in a calm bay directly in front of our Kihei, Maui hotel, providing some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in Hawaii. Enjoy crystal clear waters at 78 degrees year round. Our oceanfront Maui hotel rooms are only 100 feet to the water!
Humpback Whale Watching
During the months of December through May, guests delight in amazing front row views (200-300 yards) of the annual migration of the humpback whales, directly in front of our Maui beach hotel.
From late-November to mid-April, mighty humpback whales swim thousands of miles to the warm waters off Hawaii to find mates and breed before the long trek back. They’re so plentiful off the coast of Maui, in fact, that you hardly need a tour to see them. During your stay, you can often see humpbacks splashing around the waters just down from our Maui hotel rooms.
To get the best views, however, you’ll want to take one of the top-quality Maui whale watching tours. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Pacific Whale Foundation Eco Tours
Departure out of Lahaina and Ma’alaea
Offers a selection of 9 incredible Maui whale watching cruises. The “Sunrise Whalewatch” accentuates the beauty of both the whales and Maui.
1-800-942-5311 | Web site
- The Lahaina Cruise Company
Departure out of Lahaina
Affordable whale watching tour in Maui guarantees sightings and features underwater Whale Cam™ for unrivaled views.
1-877-500-6284 | Web site
- Aloha Blue Charters
Departure out of Lahaina
Limited passenger capacity creates a more intimate environment for whale watching, kids under 12 free.
1-888-549-2583 | Web site
Championship Maui Golfing
Wailea is home to three Robert Trent Jones championship golf courses rated in the top 10 throughout the world and is home of the annual National SKINS Game. Only 3 miles from our Kihei, Maui hotel!
Whether you’re looking for a developed beach brimming with things to do or the majesty of a pristine natural beach, you’ll find it here in Maui. See the best beaches near our Kihei hotel.
Keawakapu Beach – 0.4 mile
Delight in half a mile of soft, sandy beach gently sloping to the water at Keawakapu Beach. Located in south Maui, this is the last beach on South Kihei Road. Known as one of the most romantic beaches, you’ll find convenient facilities and fairly calm waters, especially in the morning.
Little Beach – 5.5 miles
If you’re into clothing-optional sunbathing, Little Beach is the place to go. This 1/8 mile-long Maui nude beach offers good waves for bodysurfing and is one of the most populated beaches on the island. Be sure to have some comfortable shoes as you will need to traverse a 50-foot lava outcropping to get to the beach. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, you should stay for the fire dancing and drum circle that takes place in the late afternoon until sunset.
Makena Beach (Big Beach) – 5.5 miles
If you’re dreaming of a vast, pristine beach and gorgeous clear waters, Big Beach in Makena State Park will not disappoint. Big Beach runs 2/3 mile and offers plenty of space to spread out and enjoy your Maui beach vacations. With a large shore break, this beach is great for body boarding and body surfing, but may be a little rough for small children and novice swimmers.
Cove Park – 1.7 miles
Cove Park features a small beach and good waves for surfing, which makes it popular with locals. There are no facilities or lifeguards on duty so take precautions. For snorkeling, the waters are clearest in the early morning and in the winter months. If you’re a beginning surfer, surf lessons are offered at Cove Park.
Maluaka Beach – 4.6 miles
A swimmer’s beach, Maluaka offers a scenic beach that’s soft and sandy. Located on the south shore of Maui, the public can access the beach through a park on the north end. This beach also offers conveniences including picnic tables, restrooms, showers and concessions.
Wailea Beach – 1.6 miles
Highly popular for tourists, this wide, white-sand beach is a must-visit. The near-shore bottom slopes gently offshore, making the beach great for swimming. Snorkeling around the rocky areas is good when waters are calm. This beach is adjacent to a large strip of resorts, restaurants and shops, so visitors will find lots to see and do here.
Other Fun Maui Activities
Iao Valley State Park
A must-visit for Maui vacations, Iao Valley is a peaceful lush area with easy hikes, exotic tropical plants, and clear, natural pools. The ridge-top lookout offers a fantastic view of the valley and Kahului Harbor. The deep valley of ‘Iao also features the ‘Iao Needle, a natural rock pinnacle presiding over the ‘Iao stream and surrounded by the walls of the Pu’u Kukui Crater.
Feast at Lele
Enjoy great food and entertainment from all over Polynesia, Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand. Every table is intimate and offers a panoramic view of the West Maui sunset. “Lele” is the ancient name for Lahaina, and this is the beach where the royal family of Maui would feast and entertain.
Road To Hana
This series of lovely waterfalls and tranquil pools trails through the O’heo Gulch and flows into the ocean nearby. The falls and numerous pools (more than 7) start 2 miles inland. The easiest to reach and the nicest pools are located near the shoreline. This is a natural playground for locals and tourists alike. There is hiking, historical sites, cliff jumping, and pool swimming.
Molokini Tour and Snorkel
Molokini is one of the top ten dive and snorkel sites in the world. Snorkelers really enjoy the calm water inside of the crater. It is one of the most pristine and clear snorkel / dive locations. Enjoy the sites of a variety of tropical Butterfly, Parrot and Angel Fish in addition to eels, octopus and many beautiful corals.
Haleakala Bike Tours
Take one of the most popular tours in Maui! Haleakala Volcano is an incredible 3,000 feet deep, 7 1/2 miles long, and 2 1/2 miles wide. Come see the sunrise from 10,023 feet above sea level. Simply amazing!
Atlantis Submarine Tour
Maui Kayaking and Snorkel Trips
Discover a different side of Maui that few ever see. Revel in stunning coastlines, pristine tropical waters and colorful coral reefs just waiting to be discovered. Kayak excursions take you along secluded coastlines where you often encounter the famous green sea turtle, playful dolphins and the majestic humpback whale (in season), all in their natural environment.
Snorkeling in Maui, Hawaii
You’ll find some of the best snorkeling in Maui just 100 feet from our Kihei, Maui hotel. The natural reef formation just off the coast offers spectacular views that you can easily swim to, and the water is always a perfect 78 degrees. For more incredible views, dive into the visual splendor of Molokini. This partially-submerged crater is a world-famous Maui snorkeling spot accessible by boat tour. Thousands of fish populate the lush Molokini reef.
Kayaking in Maui, Hawaii
Maui Kayaking Tours For the more adventurous, plan a fascinating and heart-healthy trip kayaking in Maui. These engaging tours put you in control as you explore Maui’s vibrant and varied coastline. Animal sightings are almost a guarantee, with a chance to see green sea turtles, dolphins and even humpback whales depending on the season. There are several Maui kayaking tours offered throughout the island.