Wailea & Makena, Hawaii
Wailea & Makena
Known for its five beautiful, crescent-shaped beaches and stellar golf courses, Wailea/Makena is a luxurious resort community in South Maui that spans 1,500 acres of land with staggering ocean views. The area exudes a sense of privacy, serenity and freedom spread across an area three times the size of Waikiki.
There are five hotels tucked into the town, including opulent resorts like the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa and the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. This resort community also includes distinctive condominiums and stately private homes.
The area’s signature beaches include Wailea Beach, named “America’s Best Beach” in 1999, Polo Beach, with excellent swimming and snorkeling, and Ulua Beach Park, where early morning and sunset walkers and joggers abound. The Wailea Blue, Wailea Gold and Wailea Emerald courses make up the 54 holes of championship golf that have made Wailea so famous.
Tom’s persistence can be seen in everything he does, which is why he’s been one of the top Real Estate Professionals in Hawaii for the past decade and has sold over $500 Million dollars in Maui Real Estate. He has also been recognized as one of Hawaii’s “Top 100 Realtors” ten times.
THINGS TO DO
The crowning glory of Makena State Park, this untouched beach is arguably the finest on Maui. In Hawaiian, it’s called Oneloa, literally ‘Long Sand.’ And indeed the golden sands stretch for the better part of a mile and are as broad as they come. The waters are a beautiful turquoise. When they’re calm you’ll find kids boogie-boarding here, but at other times the shore breaks can be dangerous, suitable for experienced bodysurfers only, who get tossed wildly in the transparent waves.
Get out on the water!! Not only is rafting a more adventurous way to explore the coastline, it is more fun and there are fewer passengers too! Molokini Crater is a short boat ride from Maui’s Southern coast and is famous for its consistently clear water. You can easily see the bottom from the comfort of the boat but be sure to jump in. Snorkeling in this crater is incredible and when you swim closer to the coral reef, it’s like you are swimming in the most amazing aquarium you may ever see. If you are visiting from January through mid-April, you will definitely want to go whale watching. Maui is a hot spot for the North Pacific Humpback Whales and during the peak of ‘whale season’ there are hundreds of whales in the area. You have to close your eyes to not see whales.
To strut your stuff celebrity-style, make a beeline to this sparkling strand, which fronts the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons resorts and offers a full menu of water activities. The beach slopes gradually, making it a good swimming spot. When it’s calm, there’s decent snorkeling around the rocky point on the southern end. Most afternoons there’s a gentle shore break suitable for bodysurfing. Divers entering the water at Wailea Beach can follow an offshore reef that runs down to Polo Beach. The beach access road is between the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons resorts.