Watch the sunrise from a height of 10,000 feet on a volcano, swim in waterfall pools, hike through craters or simply laze around on red, white and black sand beaches. Welcome to Kihei, paradise on earth. It’s just the place for surfers and windsurfers, scuba divers, snorkelers and golfers. Enjoy its fine dining and museums, too. Here are the best places to visit in Kihei and some top tourist attractions in Kihei that you must visit.
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Let's explore Kihei points of interest and 15 best things to do in Kihei:
1. Go snorkeling with the Green Sea Turtle
Join small groups for this 5-hour adventure at the Molokini Crater while also watching the dolphins at La Perouse Bay. You can snorkel at 55 meters and also enjoy the complimentary lunch and breakfast on offer. You will be charmed by the colorful underwater scenery and even visit Turtle Town to float with the stingrays and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.
2. Indulge in both kayaking and snorkeling simultaneously at Maui West Shore
A must for water sports lovers which allows you to paddle around Maui’s West Shore in single or tandem kayaks. Go snorkeling under the coral reefs and be charmed by some highly colorful marine life. Paddling instruction and snorkeling tips also available as are all kayaking and snorkeling equipment. The calm waters are ideal for first time snorkelers and kayakers as also for children. Enjoy the charming views of Ukumehame Valley.
3. Take the full day Maui Tour
For those with limited time, driving down the picturesque road to Hana is strongly advisable. Or go picnicking at scenic spots such as Kaumahina Wayside. Watch lush farms dot the countryside and get charmed by the sheer beauty of Waikamoi Stream, Kaumahina Wayside, Hanawai Falls and Ho’okipa Beach Park. Stop at quaint fishing hamlets and take some great photographs. Round-trip hotel transport is also available. The tour also includes visits to the Koki, Homoa and Red Sand beaches as also to the offshore island of Alau. You will be surprised to visit Wainapanapa, the black sand beach. Windsurfing enthusiasts can also freak out at the Ho`okipa Beach, the world’s windsurfing capital.
4. Seek spiritual solace at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel
The interiors of this gorgeous church remind you of some of the finest churches of Europe with its gilded altar, semi-circular interior and a slanted floor for better viewing from all sides. Its stained glass windows depict scenes of the Hawaiian Islands. The furnishings inside the Blessed Sacrament Chapel are made from Koa wood while its fonts interestingly are giant clam shells. Light a candle for a dollar and get your inner peace here.
5. Kayak and Snorkel at Makena Bay
This offers both kayaking and snorkeling at Makena Bay and is great fun for both amateurs and professionals. Maui’s South Shore is indeed charming. Splash around in the crystal clear waters and watch the interesting and extremely colorful swarms of fish swimming by. Great for family activities at the Big Beach and Little Beach. Lunch is provided during this 4.5-hour excursion.
6. Take a sip at the Maui Brewing Company
Hawaii's largest brewery, the Maui Brewing Co is brews lagers and ales manually. It welcomes all tipplers to check out a pint on the lanai and also learn the nuances of brewing on its brewery tours. It is ergonomically designed and is eco friendly also. Some great food is also available for visitors.Taste your beer samples in bourbon glasses and then make a final choice of what you will be drinking.
7. Smell the aroma of coffee during the Half-Day Kula Coffee Tour
This involves visiting a coffee plantation and tasting Hawaii's artisanal coffee. The farm's surroundings are idyllic with macadamia, lemon and peach trees all over the place. It showcases 150 ‘red catuai’ and ‘typica’ coffee trees and allows you to taste its award-winning beans as you also learn about coffee production. The tour price includes lunch as also coffee samples. The 2-acre Kula Beans Coffee Farm is also a stone’s throw from Kahului’s Whole Foods Market. The tour also includes visits to upcountry galleries and Makawao and Paia towns.
8. Visit the Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary
Hawaii is known to be the home and breeding ground of the humpback whale. Around 10,000 whales migrate to Hawaii to breed, nurse and calve their young. This protects this rare species as also coral reefs and sea turtles, making it a must visit for all marine life lovers. It will be the chance of a lifetime to see a humpback whale dart out of the waters and spout!
9. Get some privacy at the Kalepolepo Beach Park
A secluded and clean spot in the northern part of Kihei that’s great for body boarding and getting some privacy. It’s also less crowded and close to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary. Just take chair and a book and while away your time reading. Or simply nap during the lazy afternoons.
10. Watch the whales in action while taking the Maui Whale Watch Cruise
This two-hour cruise guarantees whale sightings which could be the experience of a lifetime. As you cruise along the Maui coastline, take in the spectacular views as the ship’s crew tell you all about whales and Hawaiian wildlife. Capture some stunning images with an underwater webcam or hear the underwater sounds on the ship’s hydrophone. The vessel leaves from Lahaina and sails during the period from December to May when the whales migrate.
11. Enjoy the Makena Turtle Town Eco Adventure
This eco-adventure enables you to see sea turtles, manta rays and dolphins together. You need to take a paddle boat from Makena and move towards Turtle Town on the island’s southern coast. Great for its calm and clear waters. The tour provides professional guides, kayaks, snorkeling gear, bottled water, life jackets and snacks. A great way to cruise along the coast and observe some interesting marine life. Takes about three hours.
12. Go early morning biking with the Maui Haleakala Sunrise Bike Tour
This tour covers 26 miles on a bicycle to Paia Bay and includes water, juice, snacks and coffee before the ride. All biking equipment is available on hire and it’s a great chance to view the mesmerizing sunrise above Haleakala. The tour take you through the Haleakala National Park. You watch this grand sunrise from the rim of a crater in Haleakala National Park. The tour also covers Kula and Makawao.
13. Discover some astounding marine life at the Maui Ocean Center
Hawaii's underwater world is to be found under one roof at the Maui Ocean Center. This houses over 60 species of turtles, sharks and stingrays as also thousands of some extremely colorful tropical fish. It also has the planet’s largest collection of living Pacific corals. A concoction of both indoor and outdoor exhibits, the Maui Ocean Center also has interactive presentations with guests. Its 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit with a 54-feet walkthrough tunnel is something worth seeing. Indulge in shark diving activities here, dine at its Seascape Restaurant or buy souvenirs at the Maui Ocean Treasures shop. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, holidays included.
14. Watch surfers at Kalama Park
A haven for surfers, Kalama Park is yet another chill spot and offers you some great sunset views as well. There are facilities for playing basketball, skating and tennis and its picnic shelters are great to have a family outing in. It’s also close to some well known dining and shopping facilities. Sit on its break wall and watch surfers doing their act at the Cove or even turtles feeding at dusk at the rock wall.
15. Take a day’s outing at the Sugar Beach
This is the right place to take a stroll early in the morning and stretches over four miles. The sand is dark in color with volcanic boulders strewn all over. Offers a grand view of the Kahoolawe island also. The rustling wind and sound of waves create an atmosphere of total tranquility. Go for a day-long picnic and rejuvenate yourselves.