Activities in Maui, Hawaii

whalewatching

Whale Watching

Between November and April the great humpback migrate from the North Pacific to Hawaii. These humpback whales mate in the warm waters of Maui where they also give birth to a new beauty. These giants are an impressive sight as they perform offshore to entertain even the most experienced sightseers.

Diving/Snorkeling

Set sail for Molokini, and bask in the underwater beauty that nature has provided for the tourists and natives. While under the water you may take notice of the school of fish as they swim past with grace and you may also take heed of the most remarkable reef in which these fish call home.

Friendly Charters
Phone: 808-244-1979
53′ foot double-deck catamaran “Lani Kai”.

Pacific Whale Foundation
Phone: 808-879-8860
Offering “eco-adventure” tours including whale watching (in season) snorkel trips, and dolphin watches. Vessels departing Maalaea harbor include:

  • Ocean Odyssey – power catamaran luxurious, super-smooth, comfortable ride with excellent whale viewing from all seats.
  • Ocean Spirit – Catamaran powered with Maui Biofuel, an environmentally-friendly alternative fuel made from recycled cooking oils and fats.

Ocean Activities Center
Phone: 808-879-0652

  • Maka Kai – 65′ 120 Passenger, Custom Built Double Decker Catamaran. Snorkeling and sunset bottom fishing.
  • Wailea Kai – 65′ 80 Passenger Custom Built Power Catamaran – picnic snorkel sailing.
  • No Ka Oi III – 37′ Tolleycraft Sport Fisher. Deep sea sportfishing.

Alii Nui
Phone: 808-879-9259
Owned by the luxury resort, Kea Lani, The Alii Nui is a 60′ sailing Catamaran offering morning snorkels and sunset sails.

Maui Ocean Center
Your visit to the Maui Ocean Center begins with The Living Reef where you walk through the various regions of a reef and learn about the many and varied creatures that make the reef their home. Don’t miss those moray eels.

When you exit The Living Reef you find yourself in an outdoor courtyard, which features such exhibits as Turtle Lagoon, a Touch Pool, and the Sting Ray Cove.

You then enter into the Whale Discovery Center that is a very interactive means of learning about the humpback whales that spend the winter in Hawaii. Following the Whale Center you find an exhibit detailing the importance of the ocean and sea life to the ancient Hawaiians.

You’ll also find a wonderful exhibit of jellyfish that has just the perfect light to examine these beautiful and graceful creatures. The final exhibit takes you past the largest tank in the aquarium and then through a clear acrylic tunnel where the creatures of the ocean swim on all sides of you. The Maui Ocean Center features a huge gift shop that is worth a visit.

Golf

Wailea’s Blue Course holds the natural beauty and ocean views all around with 6,700 yards of play that leads to a par 72; designed by Arthur Jack Snyder. Built in 1994 Wailea Gold Golf Course holds the natural obstacles while perplexing the golfer with 7,070 yards of play to a par 72; designed by Trent Jones II. Opened December 1994 Emerald Course is a par 72 with 6,825 challenging yards of play, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Makena South opened in 1981 with 7,017 yards/ 72 par and has hosted Hawaii State Open, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Makena North was also designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and opened in 1981, but has a smaller yardage of 6,914/ 72 par.

Shopping

Do you have a bare wall at home? Maybe an empty space in your living room that can use a sculpture? Or maybe you are just looking for some new clothes to complete your wardrobe. Whatever your needs may be, the shopping facilities here at Wailea can fill them. From galleries to gift shops there is a fascinating collection of all kinds of sentimental memories.

Maalaea Harbor Shops have attracted many excellent retailers and restaurants. You can now find Maui Dive Shop, Hula Cookies and Ice Cream, and Moonbow Tropics along with the Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Discovery Store and the Ocean Science Discovery Center where you’ll find a self-guided exhibit area with hands-on activities for adults and children; informational displays, marine artifacts and free educational literature about the ocean

Tennis

With a variety of courts available at Wailea with well maintained playing surfaces, Wailea has been dubbed “Wimbledon West.” Courts range from velvet to grass, each well cropped making them one of a kind in Maui. With courses like these it has made Wailea one of the top 50 tennis resorts in the U.S. by Tennis Magazine.

Kealia National Wildlife Refuge

This refuge provides 700 acres of some of the last remaining natural wetland habitat in Hawaii. Kealia Pond is nearly 250 acres when full. The refuge is home to endangered native water birds, and hosts migratory ducks and shorebirds in fall, winter, and spring. The refuge is adjacent to Kealia Beach, which is a nesting ground for the endangered hawksbill turtle. An interpretive kiosk and boardwalk viewing area found along the beach and refuge mudflats.