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Please enjoy our Top 10 Things To Do In Kihei article below, and start planning the best Hawaiian vacation of your life!
Created by the U.S. Congress in 1992, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary aims to protect the North Pacific Humpback Whales and their Hawaiian habitat. The whole protected ‘sanctuary’ includes all shallow waters (600-feet in depth) surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands.
“Maui Brewing Co. has a strong commitment to the local economy, and deep concern for the environment. We package in the most eco-friendly (and beer friendly) material, the can. Our spent grain is given to local farmers for feed and compost, contributing to local sustainability.” (www.MauiBrewingCo.com, 2015)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge in 1992. Without a doubt, this refuge is one of the best places in Hawaii to observe and learn about Hawaii’s endangered wetland birds, and a handful of feathered visitors that travel to Hawaii from North America, Alaska and Asia.
Kihei is the best area on Maui to choose for first time surfing and stand up paddle lessons. Ocean conditions in South Maui are typically calmer than all other Maui areas, offering many clear and shallow coves that are perfect for those that want to try water sports in a more predictable environment.
For both residents and visitors, enjoying refreshing and cold shave ice is a favorite pastime. Throughout the Hawaiian Islands, you’ll find a fantastic selection of shave ice spots that range from mom-and-pop types of places to more popular small chain shops. Good news! In South Maui areas, like Kihei and Wailea, there also happens to be quite a lot of incredible shave ice choices!
One of the most popular activities in Hawaii is attending a luau. In the simplest of explanations, a luau is a Hawaiian feast accompanied by live entertainment; hula dance Hawaiian chanting, storytelling, cultural activities, and more. Although luaus are thought of as only Hawaiian, many luaus provide glimpses into other Polynesian cultures; Tahitian, Samoan, Tongan, and Fijian. On the Island of Maui, there are many, many different types of luaus from which to choose.
When planning a vacation in Maui, make sure to go snorkeling in Kihei! Set about 2.5 miles off of South Maui, the Molokini Crater is a gorgeous underwater volcano islet. Listed as a Marine Life Conservation District Seabird Sanctuary, this partially submerged, the crescent-shaped volcanic crater is unlike any other snorkeling spot in the entire world. Hosting over 250 species of endemic Hawaiian tropical fish, this is the place to go when choosing the best snorkel tours in Maui.
From beginners to seasoned kayakers, you will find a variety of kayaking tours offered in Maui’s Kihei area. Kayaking is one of the best ways to experience Kihei’s most secluded spots. These excursions offer a navigated journey through pristine waters where your whole family will enjoy discovering Maui’s South Shore from a unique perspective.
Kamaole Beaches are made up of three Beach Parks nicknamed Kam I, II and III, that line the coastline of Kihei Town. All three beaches are located off South Kihei Road and numbered north to south starting just south of the Azeka Shopping Center and Kalama Park. The rocky points between these beach parks are some of the South Shore’s best snorkeling sites for you and your family to enjoy.
Since 1998, the Maui Ocean Center has not only been one of the most popular activities on Maui, but they have also stayed true to their mission to be ‘advocates for Maui reef and marine species protection.” Without a doubt, they are the most incredible aquarium and marine life science center in the Hawaiian Islands; a perfect destination to visit when you are on the Valley Isle.
The majority of Maui’s visitors love to stay in Kihei because there are so many conveniences that are easily in arms reach. Without having to do too much research, there are incredible beaches, Maui snorkeling, restaurants, food trucks, bars, local shopping, and spas to explore.