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!