How to Spend a Day in South Maui

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The task of getting the most out of a vacation or holiday is daunting. This is especially true for a location filled with a vast array of mesmerizing beaches like South Maui. Although deciding where to begin is hard, with a little planning, you can, at the very least, have an amazing time.

Swim at the Beach

No holiday in South Maui is complete without visiting its breathtaking beaches. To do this, you have to get up really early as some of them may not have a lot of parking spots available. Ulua beach is a prime example of this. If you desire a spot, getting there at around 8:00 am is a good idea. You will find that Ulua and Mokapu Beach (a beach close to Ulua) are both top-notch choices for snorkeling even if you are a beginner. After that, you can visit Keawakapu Beach to swim in its refreshing waters. Malu’aka Beach is the place to go if you want to enjoy a spectacular view, unwind in its tranquil waters and be a witness to the fascinating march of turtles. Once you have done your share of snorkeling and swimming, it’s time to get lunch.

Enjoy the Fine Cuisine

Let’s say it’s lunchtime and you are hungry, but you don’t want to stray too far from the beach because you still want to snorkel, bodysurf or swim. You don’t have to worry as there are plenty of spots where you can eat in Wailea and Kihei.

The beaches in Wailea and Kihei are not only well-known spots for surfing, kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling; they also boast excellent restaurants. You can find the Paia Fish Market in Kihei and order some of the most scrumptious seafood you have ever tasted such as the mahi-mahi, salmon and snapper. Other nearby spots worth visiting are Fabiani’s Bakery and Pizza, Coconut’s Fish Cafe, and 808 Deli.


After lunch, you can go back to the beach or explore the area. If you decide you want to see another beach, Makena is the one you have to see. Almost untouched by man, Makena remains one of the favorite beaches on the island. Still, this beach is not for the average swimmer as the surf can be quite rough.

Near Makena Beach, you can find the Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Reserve. Although you can’t fish at the reserve, the abundant marine life you can encounter while snorkeling is staggering.

If you are interested in humpback whales, visiting the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Headquarters is a must. Through telescopes, you may have the chance of watching them jump and rejoice in their natural habitat. You can only take part in this activity from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm during the week. So if you have a tight schedule, you are better off sunbathing and swimming in the morning and do the rest of the activities such as whale watching after lunch.

David Malo’s Church is also available for all the ones curious about this fascinating building built around 1852. Even though not much of it remains, there is a small section that can still be seen.

Drink and Relax

Once the sun sets, there is no better way to loosen up after an exciting day of sightseeing than by savoring a tropical drink and playing pool. Pint & Cork, Dog & Duck, and Diamonds Ice Bar are just a tiny sample of the places where you can listen to live music, sip drinks, watch sports and more if you like. Some places are open until 11:00 pm and others until 2:00 am.

As you can see, South Maui is much more than beaches with pristine waters in a beautiful natural setting. Delicious food, captivating attractions, and a thriving nightlife are the perfect addition to this paradisiacal area. Get up early, gear up and take advantage of everything South Maui has to offer.

Where to Stay

When it comes to finding somewhere to stay during your trip to Maui, your lodging options are endless. Whether you are traveling with a large group or you just a few of your close friends, there is a unique spot for you to stay. We recommend looking into luxury Maui vacation rentals for a larger group accommodation as there are many beautiful houses to choose from.

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