If one word defines South Maui, it’s “beaches.” South Maui is graced with dozens of sandy stretches waiting for your footprints, including the island’s longest beach, Sugar Beach, and one of its smallest, Pa‘ako Cove. You could visit a different beach every day of a weeks-long vacation and still leave some areas untouched. Best of all, because much of South Maui faces west, the end of each day comes with a sunset that somehow surpasses the day before. It’s the picture of paradise.
It’s also one of the driest and hottest areas in the state. Mornings in South Maui are perfect for snorkeling or stand-up paddling, while the Maui Ocean Center in Ma‘alaea provides the opportunity to explore Maui’s underwater world regardless of the conditions outside.
Here the mega-resorts of West Maui give way to rows of condos, making South Maui one of the fastest growing zip codes in the United States. The beaches of Kihei and Wailea are full of amenities. In the luxurious enclave of Wailea in particular, names such as Fairmont and The Four Seasons are paired with high-end shopping and dining.
Yet South Maui still has a wild side waiting to be explored. The far southern coastline is still rugged, with semi-nudist drum circles at Little Beach and walking trails that were once the footpaths of kings.