Kihei? is on Maui's southwest shore, with six gorgeous miles of sand and stunning natural views for as far as they eye can see. Whether you plan to spend your time swimming, kayaking, surfing or fishing, you're sure to locate a lovely spot to do so here. Keep an eye out, you just might see a humpback whale while you're lounging. There's birdwatching and hiking spots for nature lovers as well. The city experiences great trade winds, so they temperatures will be quite conducive to spending as much time outdoors as you'd like.
Things to do in Kihei
- Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center: Humpback whales are a favorite part of Kihei wildlife. The center boasts a beachfront location, so if you're in Kihei during the winter months you may even get to see some of the whales in the water! Inside you'll find both temporary and permanent exhibits teaching about marine life and the habitat including Coral Reefs and Marine Life, Maritime Heritage, Hawaiian Monk Seals, Native Hawaiian Plants, Listening for Humpback Whales, Volcanoes of the Sea, The Island of Maui and more.
- Kamaole Beach Parks: Kihei features three different Kamaole Beach Parks. You have your choice of Kamaole Park I, Kamaole Park II or Kamaole Park III, but all offer water activities for you to enjoy with plentiful sandy shores, pristine waters and warm sunshine. Here you can build amazing sandcastles, jog along the surf, catch up on a good book, toss a Frisbee or catch a wave. Kamaole Park I is the largest, while III boasts a grassy spot perfect for picnics. When you need a break, do a little shopping at the Dolphin Center or Rainbow Mall across from Kamaole Parks I and II.
- Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge: Nature and animal lovers will appreciate a trip to the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge, a salt marsh covering almost 700 acres that's home to at least 30 species of water birds, ducks, shorebirds and other creatures. Here you'll find the Kealia Coastal Boardwalk, which is a lovely walkway where you can enjoy the bird sanctuary and spend some time discovering the native wildlife.
- Massage Maui: Vacations are the perfect time to relax and forget about anything that's stressing you out back home. While you're in Kihei?, why not pamper yourself?. Massage Maui provides you with several options to have your achy muscles soothed, including deep tissue, sport, hot stone, Thai, reflexology and more. Allow the professionals to deepen your sense of calm and peace. For a little physical activity, the spa also offers yoga classes where you can get a great stretch and do some meditating.
Dining in Kihei
- Kihei Caffe: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you'll want a good one with all of the adventures and sightseeing you have planned. For some of the best the island has to offer, head to Kihei Caffe where you can dine on delicious eggs, bacon, gravy and biscuits and cinnamon rolls. Or, if breakfast food isn't your thing, they also offer sandwiches, burgers and salads. The casual atmosphere sets the mood for the day and makes for an excellent spot to begin the morning.
- Sarento's on the Beach: If you're looking for a nice night out that's a bit more upscale, book a reservation at Sarento's on the Beach. The restaurant overlooks Molokini, Lanai and Kaho'olawe, so you get stunning views throughout your meal. Top-notch service adds to the experience as you sample the mussels, crab cakes, gazpacho, snapper, pasta Bolognese, rack of lamb or beef filet, and be sure to save room for the tiramisu or homemade gelato.
- Cafe O'Lei: Experience Hawaiian cuisine at the award-winning Cafe O'Lei that brings together comfort food and island flavors. Sushi lovers can order from the full sushi bar, or for a delicious flatbread or seafood meal, you can have something cooked up in the brick oven. Both lunch and dinner are served here.