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Located on South Maui's sunny and dry coast, Kihei features a seven-mile stretch of shoreline and an overwhelming number of water-bound activities to go with it. The ideal destination for those who want clear skies and 85-degree weather while they explore the Pacific, Kihei is the perfect jumping off point for any Maui activity you can imagine.
Although Kihei has suburban sprawl and is not necessarily quant with its mini-malls and endless stream of condos, the beaches here never disappoint with their soft sands and stunning views. Kamaole I, II, and III are always popular with locals and visitors alike, but Kamaole III, the largest, certainly stands above the others. The lovely white sands of Kamaole III Beach Park are punctuated by the occasional lava rock, which visitors need to be aware of near the water line, and its crystal clear waters offer family-friendly swimming in addition to excellent snorkeling.

While relaxing along the stunning waters off Maui will certainly make any day cruise by, take a more active approach to your vacation with an ocean kayaking adventure. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Maui from the sea, the way early Hawaiians experienced it, all while soaking in a new perspective of the island's natural beauty. 

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The Kihei Coast offers some of the calmest conditions for an outbound excursion, but be sure to set out in the early morning since the winds usually kick up after 11 a.m., making it more difficult to navigate the choppy waters.

Novice and experienced scuba divers will certainly want to stop by one of the local dive shops to explore the wonders off the Kihei-Wailea Coast. Highly-regarded and well-known as one of the best places underwater, the Hawaiian Reef features an excellent representation of Hawaii's marine life and geological make-up. Plunging 85 feet below the surface, you will come across sand, coral reef, and lava formations along with shallow and deep-sea creatures. A favorite Hawaii pastime and perfect for those who want to stay closer to the surface, snorkeling is also available off area beaches such as Kam-III and Ulua Beach, which offers the best snorkeling in Wailea.

Since Kihei's weather is extraordinary constant, lingering in the 80s throughout the year, winter is also an excellent time to experience South Maui. Around December of each year, pods of Humpback whales make the trek from Alaska's cold waters to Maui's warm shallows and stay until April or May. Visitors can view these massive, glorious creatures from the shore or hop aboard a whale-watching cruise for a front row seat as they spout and hop about the water. Also during the winter months, windsurfers absolutely must visit Ohukai Park along the Kihei Coast to take advantage of the exceptional northerly winds.

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While the beaches and the water take center stage, a trip to the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Preserve is always a worthwhile stopover. Photography and birdwatching for the endangered Hawaiian stilt, the Hawaiian coot, and various migratory birds are available in this 691-acre wetland that is one of the last remaining on the Islands. The best way to view the Hawaiian waterbirds and the shorebirds is by following the boardwalk on a self-guided tour through the sand dunes and along the ponds to Maalaea Harbor.

Kihei is an outdoor wonderland of waterfront excitement and natural exploration that is sure to have every visitor coming back year after year. To enjoy the most convenient access to all of your favorite activities and attractions along Maui's South Coast, stay in a waterfront Kihei condo rental on your next visit to the Islands. Kihei vacation rentals offer all of the amenities of home and are located close to the water's edge, so everything you need for a day of memorable adventures is just a short stroll away.

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Aston At The Maui Banyan Kihei
This South Kihei resort sits on 11 acres across the street from Kamaole Beach Park II. Kihei Town  is a quarter-mile away, while the Shops at Wailea are 3 miles away. Recreational amenities include a tennis court, horseshoe pit, swimming pools, and spa tubs. Guests can barbecue meals at picnic pavilions adjacent to the pools. Amenities include complimentary parking and tour assistance. Guestrooms and condos at Aston at the Maui Banyan feature private, furnish lanais and include refrigerators and coffeemakers. All units include complimentary wireless Internet access, in-room safes, and daily housekeeping. Some units feature washers, dryers, and kitchens. 
Aston Maui Hill Kihei
Located in Kihei near Kamaole Beach Park III, the Resortquest Maui Hill is just a short distance to the town of Wailea. Fabulous surf, fine dining and unique shopping experiences are all within close proximity to this ideal vacation accommodation.  Beautifully manicured grounds with meandering pathways and indigenous tropical flora grace the property and set the mood for a fantastic Hawaiian getaway. Each apartment-style unit is air conditioned and features a private lanai (balcony), daily maid service and a kitchenette. Cable television is standard and the use of in-room safes and telephones is available for a fee.  Extremely comfortable units, well-maintained grounds and a prime location for both couples and families.
Aston Maui Lu Resort Kihei
The Maui Lu Resort is a tropical retreat situated amidst 28 lush acres in Kihei, Hawaii, just 10 miles from the Kahului Airport. Set within the oldest coconut grove on Maui Island, the smoke-free resort has Polynesian charm and an atmosphere reminiscent of old Hawaii.  Two private beach coves, complimentary tennis courts and a large Maui-shaped pool are among this property's amenities. Several dining options are located near the hotel.  The Maui Lu Resort's 120 spacious, air-conditioned guestrooms feature garden or ocean views, mini-refrigerators and complimentary newspaper delivery.
Castle Kamaole Sands, A Condominium Resort, Kihei
Castle Kamaole Sands, located on the southwest coast of Maui, Hawaii, lies across the street from Kamaole Beach Park III. This Kihei resort features views of Mount Haleakala, a dormant volcano. Shopping, dining, golf and water sports are all available nearby. The tiny island of Molokini, renowned for the clarity of its surrounding water, is not far offshore, and offers snorkeling and scuba-diving opportunities. Castle Kamaole Sands offers accommodations in 10 four-story buildings throughout the resort's 15 acres. All units include private lanais and fully equipped kitchens with refrigerators, coffeemakers, ovens, microwave ovens and dishwashers. Washers and dryers are also provided. 
Days Inn Maui, Kihei
This South Maui hotel sits on scenic Keawakapu Beach, about 2 miles from Kihei and Wailea Golf Club. Keawakapu Beach offers a calm-water bay ideal for snorkeling and swimming. Guests also have access to a fitness center and a sunning lawn with barbecue grills. The hotel's independently owned restaurant serves classic Italian selections for dinner in an open-air venue. Rooms are smoke-free and cooled by air conditioning, ceiling fans, and windows that open. Decor includes tile floors and island accents. Amenities include in-room safes, refrigerators, and coffeemakers. 
Hale Pau Hana Resort Kihei
The Hale Pau Hana Resort is located on Maui's sun coast. Directly overlooking Kamaole Beach Park II, this oceanfront property is close to many shopping and dining venues golf and ocean activities are also nearby. The small island of Molokini, renowned for the clarity of its surrounding water, is not far offshore, offering guests fabulous snorkeling and scuba-diving opportunities.  A perfect stretch of beach lays out before the Hale Pau Hana. Each condo is individually decorated in an island-style with light colors and floral fabrics. Bright and airy, the units include lanais (covered balconies) with ocean views, perfect for sunsets and whale-watching. Each unit offers features full kitchens. 
Kauhale Makai - Maui Condo & Home, Kihei
The Kauhale Makai is just steps from the ocean in the village of Kihei. Close to shopping, dining and nightlife, the resort is also near several championship golf courses. Popular with windsurfers, the beach fronting the resort is great for catching sunsets or taking long, serene walks.  This quiet, family-oriented accommodation has a large pool and sundeck set in the midst of a grassy lawn and surrounded by tropical flora. Other property amenities include a children's pool, laundry facilities, a barbeque area, a whirlpool and saunas. Unit amenities vary, but all accommodations feature kitchens and private lanais. A quiet, comforting ambience and a convenient location make the Kauhale Makai a great Maui vacation rental.
Kihei Beach - Maui Condo & Home Kihei
Located on six miles of unspoiled beach, the Kihei Beach Condos are just minutes from all the shopping, fine dining, museums and tours kihei offers. Situated on Ma'alaea bay on Maui's southwest coast, this property has direct beach access and boasts some spectacular views.  Meticulously groomed landscaping leads out to golden sands and tranquil blue waters.  The resort has an outdoor pool, free parking and laundry facilities. Guests can take advantage of barbeque grills, concierge and business services.  During the winter months, guests can watch the humpback whales cavorting in the blue waters of the pacific. The condos all have rattan furnishings and kitchenettes with refrigerators, microwave ovens, stoves and dishwashers.
Kihei Surfside - Maui Condo & Home Kihei
Kihei Surfside is an oceanfront property overlooking Keawakapu beach, one of Maui's longest and finest golden sandy beaches. Close to the shops, restaurants, and championship golf courses of Kihei and Wailea, the Kihei Surfside is a choice accommodation for the honeymooning couples and families looking for both solitude and convenience.  Guests of the Kihei Surfside wake each morning to the soft sounds of the blue surf lapping at the sugary sands of the beach.  All accommodations are fitted with island-style décor, rattan furnishings and separate living, dining and sleeping areas. Full kitchens are standard and include refrigerators, stoves, coffeemakers, dishwashers, dishes and cookware.
Maui Coast Hotel Kihei
The Maui Coast Hotel, in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, is located across the street from the Kamaole Beach Park I and three miles from the shops at Wailea. The hotel's complimentary shuttle takes guests to destinations within three miles of the property. A terrace overlooks Kihei town's main street at spices, the Pacific Rim restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Live Hawaiian entertainment keeps things lively at the Tradewinds poolside café nightly. Each of the 265 guestrooms feature cream-colored rattan bedspreads and bright floral accents displaying bromeliads and birds of paradise. Coffeemakers are provided in rooms. Wireless internet access is available for a fee, and cable television with premium channels are offered.
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