With charm and a beautiful shoreline, this Maui town is filled with fun and unusual attractions worth a daytrip or a lengthy stay.

In the tiny area of Kihei in Maui it’s hard to tell fantasy from reality as you look out over clear water while feeling the softness and warmth of sand between your toes. Surf, swim or relax as you would at any beach. Bring your sunscreen and a camera to make your own postcard of the gorgeous setting.

Any trip to Kihei centers on the Kamaole Beach Parks in the south half of Kihei. Pristine sand, handsome palms and breathtaking spreads of volcanic rock make these beaches you’ll always remember. Linger in the water all day or find the best place to read a book and wait for the sunset.

The water in Kihei is delightful. Rent snorkeling gear and swim with the turtles. Scuba dive in the company of friendly dolphins or visit the ocean floor and examine urchins and other sea creatures. Paddleboard across the surface and spot colorful varieties of fish. Make a trip to the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center to deepen your understanding of the area’s precious wildlife.

Stroll along the boardwalk of the Keālia Pond National Wildlife Refuge and enjoy the quiet meadows. This refuge is a favorite among bird-watchers, who lie in wait to spot coot, stilt and other species. Watch for nests while you’re here. These delicate bird homes tend to be at ground level and are full of colorful, delicate, variegated eggs.

For a change of pace, stand at the sidelines of the Maui Raceway Park. Hot rods, drag racers and muscle cars come together here to create a spectacle that’s truly out of the ordinary. Check before your visit for fees and scheduling.

Fly into Kahului Airport and drive south 12 miles (19 kilometers) to reach Kihei. Rent a car at the airport so that you can continue exploring Maui afterward. Once you sit down for a fresh plate of seafood and tropical juice, you may be tempted to extend your stay in Kihei.

Top Hotels in Kihei

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Maui Coast Hotel
Maui Coast Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2259 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI
The price is $211 per night

Situated in Kihei, this golf hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kamaole Beach Park and Wailea Beach. Keawakapu Beach and Maluaka Beach are also within 6 mi (10 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,010 reviews)

"Room and property: Room was clean and property in general was kept very clean. Basic amenities included in resort fee, but was disappointed that 2 amenities in resort fee were not available. We had booked the hotel based on what was listed as included in the resort fee but due to COVID-19, the bicycle ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020

Maui Coast Hotel
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
5 out of 5
3900 Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI

Located in Wailea, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Wailea Blue Golf Course, Wailea Beach, and Keawakapu Beach. Kamaole ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (999 reviews)

"Resort was amazing, They did the best they could during the Covid-19"…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
4.5 out of 5
3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Kihei, HI

Located in Wailea, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 2 mi (3 km) of Shops at Wailea, Wailea Beach, and Keawakapu Beach. Kamaole Beach ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (999 reviews)

"Amazing Park like grounds.. Fantastic views!! Best pools ever!!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

Grand Wailea Maui, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

Popular places to visit in Kihei

Wailea Beach
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Wailea Beach

4.5/5(1,614 reviews)

This stretch of powdery sand is part of an upscale resort community and is an ideal place to sunbathe, snorkel, and dive with Hawaiian green turtles and manta rays.

Kamaole Beach Park 3
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Kamaole Beach Park 3

4.5/5(324 reviews)

Head over to Kamaole Beach Park 3, a favorite beach in Kihei to enjoy the surf and sand, along with snorkeling. Wander the seaside or discover the beautiful sunsets in this family-friendly area.

Makena State Park Beach
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Makena State Park Beach

4.5/5(438 reviews)

Three distinct, undeveloped beaches and a dormant volcano crater form this scenic southern region of Maui.

Keawakapu Beach
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Keawakapu Beach

4.5/5(85 reviews)

Enjoy the peace and quiet at one of Maui’s less crowded and wider beaches, where kids can wander around the rock pools, and divers can explore the artificial reef.

Kamaole Beach Park
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Kamaole Beach Park

4.5/5(25 reviews)

During your trip to Kihei, enjoy the surf and sand at Kamaole Beach Park along with the snorkeling. Amble around this romantic area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Kamaole Beach Park 2
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Kamaole Beach Park 2

4.5/5(58 reviews)

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Kamaole Beach Park 2, a lovely green space in Kihei. Amble around this romantic area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Kihei

Underwater Submarine Adventure
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Underwater Submarine Adventure

$122
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Deluxe Molokini Snorkel Tour
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Deluxe Molokini Snorkel Tour

$199
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Kihei Beginner Surf Lesson
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Kihei Beginner Surf Lesson

$73
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Turtle Reef Kayaking & Snorkeling Tour
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Turtle Reef Kayaking & Snorkeling Tour

$85
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Road to Hana Premium Picnic via Luxury Limo-Van
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Road to Hana Premium Picnic via Luxury Limo-Van

$279
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Road to Hana Tour with Lunch and Pickup
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Road to Hana Tour with Lunch and Pickup

$196
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Kihei

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
950
5 - Excellent 63.88702084734364%
4 - Good
445
4 - Good 29.92602555480834%
3 - Okay
79
3 - Okay 5.31271015467384%
2 - Disappointing
7
2 - Disappointing 0.47074646940147946%
1 - Terrible
6
1 - Terrible 0.4034969737726967%

5/5 - Excellent

Marriedlaura&du

May 27, 2020

Loved it

5/5 - Excellent

Ellie

May 14, 2020

The town was cute and we enjoyed a day of window shopping and sitting under the big tree in town.

5/5 - Excellent

Thomas

Mar 24, 2020

Great town. Locals and tourists mixed. Not nearly as crowded as as the tourist areas. Great people as long as you leave the locals alone.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 24, 2020

is good place but next time I will visit an other Island

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

I love Kihei, the vibe is relax, and everything is right there for you when you need it. The crowd (tourist and locals) is more "regular people" than entitled tourists, so there's a fun sense of community. The beaches are beautiful... love it!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Have stayed there more than once I like it

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