South Maui is the hottest, sunniest, driest coastline on Maui and showcases miles and miles of white sandy beaches. Three distinct towns line this spectacular coastal area- Kihei, Wailea and Makena.
Kihei - Kihei is a busy beach town made up of condominium units, shopping centers and strip malls that are all packed into 7-miles of coast. Once a barren strip of land, Kīhei is now teeming with visitors in search of an affordable and convenient vacation.
Wailea - Surrounded by five white sand beaches, world - renowned golf courses, award-winning restaurants and a first class shopping center, it’s easy to see why Wailea is called Maui’s Gold Coast. This sun-kissed, multimillion dollar, oceanside community attracts affluent travelers to its palm-fringed shores year after year. A 3-mile coastal loop shows visitors what life in Wailea was like before the mansions and manicured lawns. View the remains of an ancient lava rock home and take a walk through a native Hawaiian garden.
Makena – There are two points of interest in Makena: Makena Beach (Big Beach) and La Perouse Bay.
Makena Beach - Spanning nearly 2/3 of a mile long and 100 feet wide, it’s no wonder Makena Beach has coined the nickname “Big Beach.” Considered one of the prettiest beaches on Maui, Makena draws snorkelers, swimmers and sunbathers to its shores ever
La Perouse – A bay named after French Explorer Jean-Francois de Galoup, Comte de La Pérouse. Today it contains many archeological sites, including fishing shrines and heiau (temple). The bay is filled with endemic fish, marine mammals, green sea turtles and coastal plants. It is also the site of Haleakala’s most recent volcanic activity.