SOUTH MAUI - OUR FAVORITE
KIHEI and WAILEA are great for shopping, dining or "beaching". South Maui has it all, and DOLPHINS POINT MAUI is located in the heart of it - oceanfront on Kamaole I - a superb white-sand swimming beach, with direct access from the lawn to the beach! It's warm and sunny, this is the place to be!
If you're interested in Whale Watching, you'll find the WHALES mid October through late April or early May. You'll see them on the horizon almost every evening at Sunset right in front of the property.
Our Beach - Kamaole I (AKA Charlie Young Beach) is a long beautiful white sand crescent beach that stretches one-third of a mile from point to point. Snorkeling is really only good here at each end of the beach and the white sand bottom in the middle makes it an ideal place to swim. It's considered one of the best beaches on all of Maui!
KAHULUI and WAILUKU are the main towns, and the center of commerce for the island. You'll find the main AIRPORT (OGG), QUEEN KAAHUMANU SHOPPING CENTER, WHOLE FOODS, TARGET, WALMART, and COSTCO (best food prices if you want to prepare some of your own meals).
Also in Central Maui is the IAO VALLEY with the IAO NEEDLE, a great place for a hike. Driving east from Kahului is the town of PAIA - a throwback to the 60's, is just east of the airport and just to the south is PUUNENE (home to the SUGAR MUSEUM). As you head east out of Paia, you'll encounter HOOKIPA - the famous wind surfing destination, where you'll see world class wind surfing and board surfing (bring your binoculars and zoom lenses and ask someone to point you towards "JAWS" for a look at the death defying pros on 30' waves in the winter!). Also, look for the turtles which often take an afternoon siesta on the beach! You'll also find the world famous Mama's Fish House just before Hookipa.
The famous "Road to Hana" travels east from Kahului to HANA, a sleepy & beautiful village reflecting Hawaii's traditional past. Its a wet and wild ride, but well worth the time (plan this as a day trip and pack a lunch - there are food trucks along the road, but only 1 or 2 restaurants). You'll find the famous "SEVEN POOLS" just outside of town; and if you're up for it, hike up (about 2,000 feet - but an easy grade) to the source of the pools - three beautiful waterfalls. The trail takes you through a bamboo rain forest and it's quite an experience! Remember - always take fresh drinking water - don't drink from the pools or the falls. Make sure you download the Road to Hana app, it will give you a GPS guided tour and a history lesson of the islands!
This is where you'll find the sweetest pineapples, the most exotic flower farms, and of course the HALEAKALA bike rides. This dormant volcano rises to just above 10,000 feet and offers a day of discovery for hikers or bikers. NASA sent the astronauts here to train before the moon walks! The towns of MAKAWAO, PUKALANI, and KULA climb the slopes toward the crater, and offer great spots for lunch or some "endless view" golfing.
LAHAINA, KAANAPALI, NAPILI, and KAPALUA are all on the western shores of Maui. Here you'll find many of Maui's famous resorts. Across the channel are the islands of LANAI and MOLOKAI. Lahaina is the historic whaling port, and the Lahaina Walking Tour with a stop to visit with the local Artisans under the massive Banyan Tree is a great way to spend an afternoon. When you're at Whaler's Village, make sure you go upstairs to the Whaling Museum. If you're thinking about a luau - The Old Lahaina Luau is considered the best on the island, just make sure you book ahead.
The Molokini Islet (aka Molokini Crater) is a protected fish and bird sanctuary. Here you can snorkel, dive, and bird watch; but only from a boat. No one is allowed on the islet without special scientific permits. But not to worry! There are dozens of boats which visit these waters daily. Here the fish are friendly and almost tame. Molokini is a great spot; however, we recommend that you snorkel right from the beach in front of our vacation suites! Anchoring both ends of our beach are lava outcroppings where you'll see a great variety of fish and the sea turtles which call Kamaole I home. Best of all - there's no charge!