Makena Beach, Maui, Hawaii.

Best Beaches of Wailea and Makena

Whether you’re looking for a quiet, secluded beach, a great spot to get into the water for your sport of choice, or simply some sun and sand, the beaches of Wailea and Makena deliver. Here’s where to go, including beach overviews, amenities and directions.

A woman sits cross-legged on the beach with her surfboard.

Surfing Lessons and Rentals in South Maui

In South Maui, you’ll find plenty of outfitters and instructors ready to give you a lesson or set you up with some gear based on your level of skill. Since choosing which school or outfitter to go with is more of a challenge, here’s all the info you need to make it easy.

Surf boards in red and white on a Maui beach in Hawaii.

Best Surf Spots in South Maui

It’s the southwest swells of summer that bring the best waves to South Maui, but large northwest winter swells can also wrap into select areas to provide the occasional out of season surf. Here’s where to go for beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers.

If you’re staying in Wailea, there are stand-up operators along Wailea Beach.

Stand-up Paddling in South Maui

For stand-up paddling in South Maui, there are plenty of instructors and outfitters ready to show you the ropes. Kihei is one of the best spots on the island hands-down, and you’ll find other good stand-up paddling around Wailea and beyond. Here’s where to go for lessons, rentals, and more.

Aerial view of Molokini Crater off the coast of Maui.

Tips for Visiting Molokini Crater

A visit to Molokini Crater can be the best underwater experience you have in Maui… but if you’re not prepared, it could be disappointing, too. If you’re planning a trip to Molokini, here are the most important facts to keep in mind.

A kayak launches in the water in Makena Landing.

South Maui Kayaking and Canoe Paddling Tours

There’s a lot to take into consideration when choosing a kayaking or paddling tour: the best areas, local weather patterns, outfitters, tour length, and more. Our expert authors are here with everything you need to know to pick the best tour for you, including this key tip: don’t let the food be a deciding factor.

The northernmost beach in Kihei where you would want to snorkel is Charley Young beach, which is also known as the north end of Kamaole I.

Snorkeling in Kihei, Maui

Here’s everything you need to know about snorkeling in Kihei, including where and when to go, what you’ll sight, rental shops and outfitters, and which boat tours that focus on sightseeing and snorkeling.

Early mornings are the best time for snorkeling in La Perouse Bay.

Snorkeling South Maui: Makena and Beyond

Makena offers some of the south side’s best snorkeling, but sometimes the entry and exit points can be a little challenging. There are a few spots suitable for beginners, as well as a few hard-to-reach gems. Here’s where to go, what you’ll see, and seasonal tips.