Oh, beautiful Maui. If you're planning a vacation to this lush island, you have so much to look forward to. The rich abundance of white beaches, waterfalls and lapping ocean waves is only the beginning. Consider the following short guide on things to do and places to go in the South Maui area.
Enjoy the Surf at Keawakapu Beach.
Situated on the southwestern side of the island, Keawakapu Beach extends from south Kihei to Wailea's Mokapu Beach. Its silky soft sand is ideal for evening yoga and strolls along the beach. Plus, being one
of the few Maui beaches facing west, it is the ideal spot for sunset views. Other popular activities here include snorkeling around the rocky outcrops along the beach's northern and southern ends and whale watching during winter.
Keawakapu Beach is offset a bit from the road and has three primary access points, all complete with outdoor showers. You'll find beach parking at a large access lot north of the Days Inn, at
the corner of Kilohana Drive and S. Kihei Road for mid-point access and at the end of S. Kihei Road at the southernmost end.
Meander through ancient lava formations at La Perouse Bay.
If you are in the mood for less sandy beaches, you might consider wandering the coastline at the nearby La Perouse Bay. You'll find the bay at the end of a narrow, winding road rarely traveled. Once parked, walk
through centuries-old lava rock formations. Go during the spring and enjoy the beautiful contrast of yellow daisy blooms against the dark red and black stones. Bring the family and spend some time catching small fish and crabs at the edge of the tidal pools.
Dive the Molokini Volcano Crater.
Molokini appears from above as a crescent-shaped rock three miles from the South Maui coast. But the true magic lies just beneath the waves. Here, lava rock tunnels and intricate coral caves provide an almost mythical backdrop for rich wildlife. More than 250 fish species call this small cove home, a quarter of
which can only be found here. If you are looking for an iconic Hawaiian diving experience, look no further. This location is a place of sheer beauty and will leave you enthralled with its vibrancy.
Horseback Rides at Ulupalakua Ranch.
Traveling by different means is an ideal way to gain a new perspective on and appreciation for a place. One unique way to enjoy the southern landscapes of Maui is on horseback. Few places in Hawaii offer the same
type of experience as Makena Stables.
These locally owned and operated stables offer intimate guided tours averaging just four people (although larger parties can be accommodated). All rides take place on the Ulupalakua Ranch, an incredible 20,000 acres of Maui wilderness, situated on the leeward slopes of Haleakala. Riders
will enjoy spectacular views of Le Perouse Bay, the outer islands, recent lava flow and much more. Other available activities at Ulupalakua Ranch include sporting clay shooting and wine tasting at Maui's only winery.
Book a Maui helicopter tour for a totally different perspective on South Maui
For a totally different perspective on South Maui, consider booking one of the stellar Maui helicopter tours available through Maverick Helicopters. Here, you'll get to enjoy the beauty and many varied landscapes from the sky. Why not drink in these views first-hand?