KiheiUnited States of America

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Visit Kihei

With charm and a beautiful shoreline, this Maui town is filled with fun and unusual attractions worth a daytrip or a lengthy stay.

In the tiny area of Kihei in Maui it’s hard to tell fantasy from reality as you look out over clear water while feeling the softness and warmth of sand between your toes. Surf, swim or relax as you would at any beach. Bring your sunscreen and a camera to make your own postcard of the gorgeous setting.

Any trip to Kihei centers on the Kamaole Beach Parks in the south half of Kihei. Pristine sand, handsome palms and breathtaking spreads of volcanic rock make these beaches you’ll always remember. Linger in the water all day or find the best place to read a book and wait for the sunset.

The water in Kihei is delightful. Rent snorkeling gear and swim with the turtles. Scuba dive in the company of friendly dolphins or visit the ocean floor and examine urchins and other sea creatures. Paddleboard across the surface and spot colorful varieties of fish. Make a trip to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center to deepen your understanding of the area’s precious wildlife.

Stroll along the boardwalk of the Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge and enjoy the quiet meadows. This refuge is a favorite among bird-watchers, who lie in wait to spot coot, stilt and other species. Watch for nests while you’re here. These delicate bird homes tend to be at ground level and are full of colorful, delicate, variegated eggs.

For a change of pace, stand at the sidelines of the Maui Raceway Park. Hot rods, drag racers and muscle cars come together here to create a spectacle that’s truly out of the ordinary. Check before your visit for fees and scheduling.

Fly into Kahului Airport and drive south 12 miles (19 kilometers) to reach Kihei. Rent a car at the airport so that you can continue exploring Maui afterward. Once you sit down for a fresh plate of seafood and tropical juice, you may be tempted to extend your stay in Kihei.

Where to stay in Kihei

Maluaka Beach featuring a beach, tropical scenes and landscape views

Wailea

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Indulge in Hawai’i’s high life with a stay in this beautiful coastal area known for its luxury accommodation and secluded beaches. 

Wailea

Top hotels in Kihei

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
4.5 out of 5
3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI
£461
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Located in Wailea, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of Shops at Wailea, Wailea Beach and Keawakapu Beach. Kamaole Beach ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,553 reviews)

"Loved it! The place is well kept and beautiful! Great location for snorkeling right off the beach!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2020

Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort - a concept by Hyatt
4.5 out of 5
3550 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI
£426
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Located in Wailea, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ulua Beach and Keawakapu Beach. Wailea Beach and Kamaole Beach Park ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (892 reviews)

"Great place to stay definitely am coming back soon to visit!"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan 2020

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort - a concept by Hyatt
Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui
Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui
4.5 out of 5
3700 Wailea Alanui Dr, Kihei, HI
£418
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

This family-friendly Kihei resort is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Shops at Wailea and Keawakapu Beach. Wailea Beach and Kamaole Beach Park ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (425 reviews)

"The beautiful property with amazing scenery and the staff."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2020

Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui

Popular things to do in Kihei

Wailea Beach
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Wailea Beach

4.5/5(7 reviews)

This stretch of powdery sand is part of an upscale resort community and is an ideal place to sunbathe, snorkel, and dive with Hawaiian green turtles and manta rays.

Kamaole Beach Park 3
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Kamaole Beach Park 3

Head over to Kamaole Beach Park 3, a favourite beach in Kihei to enjoy the surf and sand, along with snorkelling. Wander the seaside or discover the beautiful sunsets in this romantic area.

Makena State Park Beach
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Makena State Park Beach

3/5(1 review)

Three distinct, undeveloped beaches and a dormant volcano crater form this scenic southern region of Maui.

Keawakapu Beach
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Keawakapu Beach

Enjoy the peace and quiet at one of Maui’s less crowded and wider beaches, where kids can wander around the rock pools, and divers can explore the artificial reef.

Maluaka Beach
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Maluaka Beach

This is part of Maui’s so-called “Turtle Town,” a prime spot for sighting the inquisitive Hawaiian green turtles that are very common here.

Kamaole Beach Park 2
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Kamaole Beach Park 2

Explore the lovely green spaces of Kamaole Beach Park 2 and enjoy the snorkelling in Kihei. Wander the beautiful beaches or discover the beautiful sunsets in this romantic area.

Top activities in Kihei

Underwater Submarine Adventure
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Underwater Submarine Adventure

£94

Dive 100 feet below the surface and experience Maui’s marine treasures off beautiful Lahaina with Atlantis Submarines Maui. A special added bonus of this tour experience is seeing the spectacular West Maui Mountains while riding our shuttle boat to the Maui dive site.

Te Au Moana Luau at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort
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Te Au Moana Luau at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort

£99

Attend a unique luau and witness the tradition of Te Au Moana—the sharing of ancestral stories through lavish song and dance—while enjoying a buffet-style Hawaiian feast under the starry island skies of Maui. Arrive at the Marriot and lower your head while anointed with a fresh flower lei.

Molokini Snorkel Express
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Molokini Snorkel Express

£48

On a stable, inflatable raft, speed out to Molokini Crater for an hour of snorkel time. As the boat zips across the gentle waves, take in the views of neighboring islands, the rugged West Maui Mountains, and Mount Haleakalā—a dormant volcano.

Road to Hana Full-Day Tour -Full Loop
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Road to Hana Full-Day Tour -Full Loop

£96

Let’s start our Journey! Hana Highway is a 64.4-mile long stretch of spectacular views of rainforest, waterfalls, beaches and coastline. On the east after Kalepa Bridge, the highway continues to Kipahulu on the Piilani Highway all the way around the backside.

Small Group Luxury Road to Hana Waterfalls & Lunch
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Small Group Luxury Road to Hana Waterfalls & Lunch

£126

Relax and let us pamper you as a VIP guest to show you the beauty on a road trip to magical Hana. Stop at waterfalls, stroll unique sand beaches and swim at the most famous black sand beach at the Wainapanapa State Park. Our driver will select a perfect lunch spot.

Group Surf Lesson at Kalama Park in Kihei
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Group Surf Lesson at Kalama Park in Kihei

£60

Itinerary Group Surf Lessons are where you can join other students in an open group surf lesson. Two or more surfers required to book an open group lesson online. Two hour lessons. All equipment included (boards, reef shoes, rash guards).

Reviews of Kihei

4.8

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 1, 2019

Central location for exploring Maui. Good selection of grocery stores for self-catering, and eating places. Not enough pavements for walking safely from the Maui Schooner to shops and restaurants, especially at night; take a torch.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 18, 2019

Just go there & see for yourself, its fantastic.

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