Kihei Guide

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Kihei is situated on the southwest part of Maui, and caters primarily to tourists for it's selection of beautiful beaches and affordably priced hotels and condos. It's on the dry part of the island, and sunny most of the year. There are great views of the the Molokini Island, Lanai, Koolawave, and West Maui.

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The main beaches are located beside South Kihei road. Most of Kihei's strip malls, hotels, and restaurants are located on the other side of Kihei Road. There are many affordable condos and small hotels to stay at alongside Kihei Road.

The beaches are very good for swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Novice surfers may enjoy Cove Park for it's consistent mellow waves. Humpback whales can be seen breaching offshore while migrating during the winter months. It can be windy at times during the fall due to the tradewinds, but usually it's less windy than other parts of the island.

The Kamaole Beaches, (Kamaole Beach Park I, Kamaole Beach Park II (Iliiliholo Beach), Kamaole Beach Park III) are the most popular - and crowded - beaches in Kihei. The snorkeling at Kamaole Beach Park III is particularly good with a beautiful coral reef offshore. Each of these beach parks has restrooms, lifeguard towers, and showers. Parking is limited, so you may need to park across Kihei Road.

There are several paid activities offered in Kihei. Among the most popular are snorkel tours to Molokini Crater, whale watching boat tours, and charter fishing excursions. Tours can be purchased at the Maui Ocean Center, North of Kihei. Boat tours depart from Ma'alaea Harbor or the the Kihei Boat ramp.

There are great views of Haleakala National Park from Kihei on the “Mauka” side of Maui. The Pi'ilani Highway runs parallel to Kihei Road, and will take you to the resorts in Wailea, and the lovely beaches at Makena Beach State Park. There are bike lanes on both South Kihei Road and Pi'ilani Highway. Heading north of Kihei will take you to the old whaling village of Lahaina.

A perfect place to eat your plate lunch is at Kalama Beach Park, which has grassy areas that are shaded with palm trees. Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge is a protected wetland North of Kihei, with a diverse ecosystem of endangered wetland birds. It can be really windy here.
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