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Maui Information

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Maui double rainbow!

Maui’s nickname is the “Valley Isle.” It’s the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands with a land area of 729 square miles — 48 miles long and 26 miles across at its widest point.

Weather – the rule of thumb

Winter season lasts from November to April and is wetter, with temperatures in the 70-80s. Summer temperatures are mid 80s – low 90s.

Ocean temperatures are mostly warm year round, sometimes reach up 80 degrees in the summer.

Seasonal Travel Times

Maui’s Towns

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Kihei sunset

Kihei

Kihei is one of the most popular destinations on island, and it’s situated on Maui’s Sunny South Shore — hence our company name!

 

 

Wailea

Maui’s upscale resort community.

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Lahaina

Lahaina

A former whaling village and the old capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the early 19th century.

Kapalua

Loosely translated to “arms embracing the sea,” Kapalua is a premier resort area located at the foot of the West Maui Mountains.

Ka’anapali

Ka’anapali once served as a retreat for the ancient royalty of Maui.

Hana

Hana is a small, unspoiled town at the end of the highway on Maui’s rugged northeast coastline. Not many journeys are as beautiful as the Road to Hana.

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Sunrise from Haleakala

Haleakala

Haleakala is a massive, 10,023 ft. shield volcano whose name translates to “House of the Sun” in Hawaiian. According to a Hawaiian legend Maui, a demigod lassoed the sun from its journey across the sky as he stood on the volcano’s summit, slowing its descent to make the day last even longer.

Most Popular Maui Beaches

There are 81 accessible beaches on Maui and 39 have public facilities. We can’t really say there’s a “best” beach because all of the beaches are pretty awesome.

The list below is far from complete, but includes some of our favorites as well as some of the most popular beaches on Maui:

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Sugar Beach

Kihei

Kalepolepo (Across from Kihei Bay Vista)
Kalepolepo is a small and lovely beach — a nice escape for a low-key BBQ or sunset. The area was the choice of kings. An ancient Hawaiian fishpond surrounds the water, making it calm and great for kids. Locals also fish here.

Sugar Beach
Located in the North end of Kihei, Sugar Beach stretches more than three miles and runs all the way around to Ma’alaea. Be sure to explore the tidepools!

Kamaole I, II, III
These three beaches are some of the most popular and busiest beaches in Kihei. Kamaole I especially is popular for its white sandy bottom and ideal swimming conditions. Each beach offer full amenities, including (good) parking, restrooms, showers and lifeguards.

Charlie Young
Right in Kihei — on Maui’s South Shore — Charlie Young beach is the Northern extension of Kamaole I. It’s also known as one of the best places to learn how to boogie board or surf. The water is warm and shallow.

Keawakapu
Keawakapu borders of Kihei and Wailea and offers excellent swimming and snorkeling. It is lesser known but just as beautiful as the Kamaole Beaches.

Wailea Beaches

Big Beach at Makena State Park

Big Beach at Makena State Park

Wailea Beaches front the main resorts on South Maui — from the Andaz to The Fairmont Kea Lani. They all have white sand beaches with lava flows creating natural reefs teeming with marine life. Waves here aren’t too big, which make for great snorkeling.

Makena – Big Beach
Makena Beach is one of Maui’s most popular and photogenic beaches and it’s huge: over a mile long and a 100 yards wide. The waves here are usually big, so please exercise caution while playing in the water.

Makena – Little Beach
On the North side of Big Beach, just over the rocks, is Little Beach. It’s more sheltered and less windy, and a good place for all-over tan (clothing is optional!).

Secret Beach
Secret Beach is kind of secret, like the name implies. It’s past Makena Big Beach, and if you keep on the lookout, you’ll find this tiny beach hidden behind a wall with one small entrance. Planning a beach wedding or a proposal? This may just be your spot — it’s small (about 100 yards), with velvety soft sand and palm trees for shade. Rock pools surround each side and the middle. Secret Beach isn’t for swimming, but kids can enjoy tide pooling.

Kapalua Bay

Kapalua Bay

Olowalu – Mile Marker 14
This awesome snorkeling and surfing beach is located close to mile marker 14 on Honoapiilani Highway. The beach itself runs next to the highway for about two miles.

Ho’okipa
Ho’okipa is world famous for excellent surfing and windsurfing, with waves reaching 30 feet in the winter. If you’re in Paia, it’s a must-see.

Kapalua Bay
Known as one of the Best Beaches in the world, Kapalua Bay offers unrivaled sunsets, snorkeling and swimming.

DT Fleming
How does half a mile of fluffy white sand sound? This popular Kapalua beach has amenities such as restrooms and lifeguard station.

Wai’anapanapa
This somewhat-hard-to-pronounce beach in Hana has black sand and is a must-see for its raw beauty. Large waves make swimming a challenge, so it’s probably better for looking.

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Hana

Hana Bay
The large crescent shape of Hana Bay is fairly protected, leaving calm and approachable water. It’s popular with families and picnics, and offers restrooms facilities and showers.

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