About 35 minutes from the Kahului Airport lay 1500 acres of a piece of heaven. Wailea was named after the Goddess of Canoe-builders, the ‘Water of Lea’. What began as a fishing settlement has grown to become a luxurious resort community, attracting people from all over the globe.
Wondering what Wailea presents to its visitors? With top-notch, beautiful attractions ranging from pristine white beaches to a wonderful display of the local culture, Wailea has a lot to offer.
What says vacation more than a beautiful seaside? For people visiting on honeymoons or those just searching for a time of relaxation, the beaches at Wailea are an absolute love at first sight.
The first wonder is Polo Beach. Built on a gentle slope, the beach provides eased diving, snorkeling, and various other water sports. If you wish to explore the coral reefs, the beach gives ample opportunity to do so. Simply dive in, and feel yourselves getting lost in the beauty of the vibrant corals, and nearby octopus and shrimp; a whole new world indeed.
Another wonderful beach is the Wailea Beach. What sets this beach apart is its resort-type vibe – and we certainly do not mean this in a negative way. The beach is easy to walk in, with paved pathways, and has plenty of clean restrooms (yes, clean!) to allow a trip combining fun and hygiene; a rare combination at beaches. Another unique factor – if you haven’t ever gone boogie-boarding, you can try your luck here with numerous other adventurers.
Have you ever wished to walk on water? Well, admitted Wailea can’t make you walk, but it can certainly allow you to cruise on water. Presenting stand-up paddling to its visitors, this has become a highly accessible water sport on Maui in recent years. It doesn’t require much, except for a board, a paddle, and the wish to explore the waters. Similar to surfing, stand-up paddling is much calmer, allowing for up-close and personal time with the water and its inhabitants.
If you have ever seen dolphins in their natural habitat? You can do that just south of Wailea and there’s nothing like it. This is because, at La Perouse Bay, you get to watch the dolphins in their natural habitat. They pierce the surface of the water at their heart’s will, and if you are lucky, you might even see them doing a flip. Unrestricted and all happy, the gleam in the dolphin’s eye may not be visible to you, but their happiness shall reach out and leave you with a grin on your face. A must-visit for dolphin lovers!
A sport very different from the usual aquatic ones at Wailea, it may be surprising for visitors that Wailea has three of Maui’s s best resort golf courses; namely the Wailea Blue, Gold, and Emerald Course. Known as a gentleman’s sport, it was only apt that the facilities provided at these golf courses are also of commendable nature. With praiseworthy amenities and well-maintained courses, it is a treat to go golfing in Wailea. Also, accompanying clubhouses with beautiful views of Kaho’olawe Island, you will wish to stay there forever.
A visit to Hawaii is incomplete without a visit to a Maui luau. Special offerings of the natives and ancestors, the luaus are a gateway to a closer look at local culture and traditions. What is a luau? It is a truly Hawaiian offering; a traditional party followed by unique foods and entertainment. If you ever go to a luau, you will often see dishes like the Kalua Pig, Laulau, and Haupia (or coconut pudding, as you may know it).
There are a large number of luaus, but if you are confused in which ones to attend, let us simplify it for you; the Te Au Moana and Aha’aina Grand Wailea Luau are must-visits.
Translating to ‘the ocean tide’, this luau brings the visitors to the ocean, to celebrate its serenity and dine under the gorgeous sky. There will be music and dance, and you will be urged to join the locals. If you aren’t a dance person, don’t worry because the ancestral stories at the Marriott Te Au Moana are an especially enlightening part of the luau.
One of the best luaus at Maui, the luau offers a traditional experience unlike any other. Alongside a delicious meal, there will be various activities. Ranging from hula lessons, to a truly Hawaiian show, the celebration will be fun yet informative for the tourists. You will get to learn about Hawaii’s legends; Lilinoie, the Goddess of the Mist, Kananaka, the mermaid of Maui, the journeys of La’amaikahiki and Moikeha, and much more. The Grand Wailea Luau is a refreshing experience indeed.
Now that you have a list of things to do when in Wailea, the question of accommodation arises. If you are looking to have a trip of luxury and lavishness, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa are great options. The Fairmont Kea Lani is another good option, featuring tropical villas, oceanfront suites and all things a visitor wants in making their trip easy and comfortable. In case you wish for a condominium, Ho’olei at Grand Wailea is a good choice. Or there is also the facility of renting a private home.
Can’t wait to explore Wailea? Book your tickets now, for a trip worth remembering.
Wailea is one of Maui’s most beautiful places and is home to a who’s who list of big-name, luxury resorts. The beaches in Wailea are amazing, perfect for all types of beach activities, snorkeling, paddle-boarding, scuba diving, and more. Wailea is also home to two fantastic Wailea luaus that are hosted at the Grand Wailea and at the Marriott respectively. There are two Wailea Luaus. The Grand Luau at Honua’ula is at the Grand Wailea resort and consistently gets high praise for the beauty of its setting, the quality of its entertainment, and its overall ambiance. The Te Au Moana Luau at the Marriott Wailea also boasts an amazing beachfront setting and quality entertainment. The full buffets and open-bars are a favorite of everyone who attends. Sometimes it’s hard to choose which luau is the right one, but you can rest assured there really isn’t a bad choice, we have selected only the best Maui luaus that we personally enjoy to sell on this site. We recommend choosing a luau close to where you are staying. Whichever one you choose we are sure you’ll have an amazing experience and get to share in the abundant Aloha on Maui!