It’s not a hard decision to pick the “Aloha State” as your next holiday destination, but finding that ultimate Hawaii hotel can be trickier. Here’s some help: Maui is one of the most-visited islands, and Wailea, on its southwest shore, has water sports, nature trails and tons of day trips, from snorkelling to hiking.
Things to Do in Wailea
Snorkelling is practically Hawaii’s national pastime, and one of the most interesting spots is an easy boat ride from Wailea hotels. Learn to “eel” with it at Molokini Crater, where you can see garden eels, rare fish and manta rays. With areas like the “Shark Condos” (don’t worry, they’re harmless) and “Edge of the World”, what’s not to like? To get there, just head 6 km south of downtown Wailea to hop a catamaran at Maluaka Beach in Kihei.
Back on land, Wailea accommodation near Polo Beach will put you at the doorstep of the beautiful 2.5-km Coastal Nature Trail; keep an eye out for endangered silversword plant and humpback whales. For action sports, head further south to Makena Landing Park, where you can rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, then head out on the water and “sea” turtles—sometimes hundreds of them!
Getting To & Around Wailea
Kahului Airport (OGG) is Maui’s international hub and just 25 km north of Wailea. Hotels in Wailea often offer shuttle services, but if you’re not so lucky, you can arrange your own or hop in a cab. If you believe life is about the journey, not the destination, book one of Wotif’s sweet car hire options and you can be hiking dormant volcanoes in Haleakala National Park or road-tripping down the Hana Highway in no time.
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