We know Maui. We should, we live here!
If you’re like me, you don’t want to spend your whole Maui vacation roasting on a hot beach or around a crowded hotel swimming pool, there are plenty of things to explore outside of our cozy Kihei condo (but not too far as we certainly don’t like longgg drives). Our favorite thing to do is to take our beach chairs to our favorite nearby Keawakapu Beach in the late afternoon to enjoy a spectacular sunset with a nice glass of wine (in a reusable plastic, of course). It's typically uncrowded at that beach, a huge parking lot right across the street for easy parking.
For a little more effort, there is the lovely Kealia Pond boardwalk to stroll, just a 10 minute drive from Kihei. You can easily amble along the level boardwalk without seeing many other visitors and even glimpse the endangered Hawaiian black-necked stilts if you’re lucky. Don't be scared off by the tiny parking which is typically full, you can park anywhere along that stretch of beach.
If you have some spare $$ to spend on activities, I suggest two must-do unique experiences here on Maui: a whale watching cruise from Maalea Harbor and a once in a lifetime authentic Hawaiian Luau, complete with lots of hula dancing, island drinks, and plated gourmet and traditional food. Especially if you only have a week or less and want to stay on the south shore, we highly recommend the above excursions to get out and enjoy your Maui experience!
After spending our working lives abroad as expatriate Americans, my husband and I escaped a worsening Covid pandemic and came to Maui, just a day before lockdowns went into effect. We have spent the past year exploring this wonderful island which we now call our home!Julia H.