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Kihei Beaches

Kihei is a beach town through and through, and the community’s vibe is all about sun and sand. South Kihei Road parallels the ocean for eight miles, and offers easy access to Maui’s famed postcard beaches. They’re even more beautiful in person, with soft golden sand and amazingly calm, clear, warm water.

The Kamaole Beaches (Kamaole I, II, and III) are among Maui’s best. These sister beaches are separated by lava outcroppings, and span about two miles of South Kihei Road. You can’t go wrong with any of them. Most of our condos and homes are located across the street from one of these beaches, and some are ocean front.

Kihei’s most reliable surf break is located near Kalama Park (close to Kamaole I Beach) at “The Cove,” with plenty of rental and lessons options nearby. Stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, kayaking, and shoreline whale watching (in the winter season) are popular up and down the south Kihei shoreline. The scenery is amazing, and seeing Maui from the water is a visual treat. Rentals are available near all of these beaches.

Kamaole I is the northernmost of these beaches, Kamaole III, closest to Wailea, is the southernmost.

North Kihei, while generally windier with less water clarity and rockier shorelines, has its charm – and Sugar Beach. It’s Maui’s longest walking beach, with eight miles of soft golden sand, spanning all the way to the harbor community of Maalaea.

Plan your beach and water outings in the mornings. The trade winds often whip up in the afternoon, and the beaches regularly get blown out. Get out by 8 or 9 for your shoreline snorkeling and paddling. We recommend booking at least one boat trip while you’re here, and morning outings are always best.

Beach parking is generally easy, food options abound, and the tone is mellow and laid-back, island style!

Sugar Beach

North Kihei’s beaches (those north of Foodland) are favored by windsurfers and kiters rather than swimmers and SUP’ers, which speaks to the prevailing conditions. This shoreline is more natural and has a less manicured feel than South Kihei’s beaches. Swimming-friendly beach spots are more sporadic, and water clarity here is sometimes muddled. Foot protection is recommended, as submerged rocks (and spiky sea urchins) are more common. Sugar Beach is a beautiful walking beach with more than 8 miles of golden sand.

Charley Young Beach

located about a block south of Foodland just off South Kihei Road, is a local favorite for its natural shade (courtesy of the Ironwood trees), a paved parking lot, and more of a sense of seclusion than the others. It connects with the northern end of Kamaole I beach and is loved by families for its shallow, kid-friendly swimming.

Kamaole I Beach

Walk a few hundred yards south, and you’re on Kamaole I Beach, the northernmost and largest of the three Kamaole beaches. This is a very appealing sunning beach, the water is incredible, and there are basic facilities and lifeguards. Lava outcroppings book-end the beach, with good snorkeling (particularly on the left side, facing the water). There’s also a public volleyball net, a shaded picnic area off the beach, restrooms, and restaurants across the street.

Kamaole II Beach

A half-mile south of Kamaole I is Kamaole II. This wide, beautiful beach is smaller than “Kam I” but often less crowded. Small sand dunes divide the road and the beach. The shoreline is soft sand, the swimming and sunning are wonderful, and there are some primo snorkeling spots along the rocky shoulders of this beach. Restrooms and lifeguards.

Kamaole III Beach

Furthest south of the Kamaole triplets, “Kam 3” is a sprawling, grassy beach park with a sloping lawn to the sand, favored by local families celebrating birthdays or just getting together for weekend “ohana” time. At day’s end, it transforms into a natural amphitheater, perfectly set up to indulge in Maui’s legendary sunsets. The small beach is usable on some days when Kam I and Kam II are blown out. Great snorkeling, and a favorite resting and dining spot for south Maui’s sea turtles, especially early morning and late afternoons.
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