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Wailea, Maui Visitor Guide

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Destination: Wailea, Maui

Featured Hotel: Fairmont Kea Lani Resort








Maui was formed by two volcanoes and is often called the Valley Island because of the many canyons that cut into the two mountains. The western part of Maui contains the West Maui Mountains, and the resort areas of Lahaina/Kaanapali, and Kapalua.

The eastern part of Maui is dominated by Haleakala, a dormant volcano whose height is 10,023 ft. To the south is the town of Kihei and the resort area of Wailea, where you can stay at the Grand Wailea Resort, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Fairmont Kea Lani Resort, and the Outrigger Palms at Wailea. In addition to it's location on the beach, Wailea is a golfer's paradise.

The road south of Wailea goes past the "big beach" at Makena, where you can find the Makena Beach and Golf Resort. The road ends a short distance past Makena, on the back side of Haleakala, where the panorama at right was taken.
There aren't a lot of hotels and resorts on Maui's north shore, but this area retains a special magic because of that.
As you drive the Hana Highway, you pass through sleepy surfer towns like Paia, and secluded beaches like Baldwin Beach. baldwin beach maui

One famous beach along the way, a favorite with windsurfers, is Hookipa.

Sunsets in this area are quietly spectacular.  Somehow there doesn't seem to be anything that quite matches a Maui sunset.

A few minutes further down the Hana Highway (unfortunately we didn't have time to drive all the way down to Hana on this trip), about half a mile down a path behind a fruit stand, you can find a place called Twin Falls.  We found some folks having a great time swinging off hanging vines like Tarzan, and jumping into the water at the bottom of the falls. Further down the Hana Highway you'll find black sand beaches, more waterfalls, and eventually, the town of Hana, and the Seven Sacred Pools.

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