The Central Spot for Gentle Waves and Sun Kissed Maui Days

Maalaea, on Maui’s sunny central coast, has managed to maintain a small beach village vibe, where summer fun comes naturally. It’s like catching a wave and riding it all day long, with the salty breeze in your hair, the sound of surf and rhythmic clang of a halyard brushing the mast echoing in your ears. There’s this laid-back, carefree spirit that sweeps over everything, making every moment feel like an endless vacation.

One iconic feature of the area is Maui Ocean Center, where ocean adventures await! Dive into a world of wonder as you explore one of the largest tropical reef aquariums in the Western Hemisphere. Whether you’re a marine enthusiast or just looking for a splash of fun, the Maui Ocean Center promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

Start your journey by immersing yourself in vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful fish and mesmerizing marine life. From graceful sea turtles gliding through the water to elusive octopuses displaying their remarkable intelligence, every exhibit offers a glimpse into the diverse underwater world of Hawaii. Don’t miss the interactive touch pools, where you can get hands-on with fascinating creatures like sea stars and sea cucumbers – it’s a touchy-feely adventure that’s sure to delight!

For those seeking a deeper connection to Hawaiian culture, Maui Ocean Center provides an enriching experience that blends marine conservation with traditional island heritage. Discover the cultural significance of the ocean in Hawaiian history as you learn about ancient fishing techniques and legends passed down through generations.

Continue on to come nose to fin with a tiger shark, and other deepwater species. Walk through the tank in an acrylic tunnel, with manta rays gliding overhead, and jacks, barracudas, mahi mahi and sharks sizing you up from all sides. Maui Ocean Center invites you to dive in and explore the beauty and wonder of Hawaii’s marine ecosystems. With educational programs, a commitment to conservation, captivating presentations, and sunny outdoor spaces (including an oceanfront bar/restaurant overlooking the boat harbor), MOC is a great place to hang loose this summer.

One of Maui’s oldest businesses might also be one of the coolest. Since 1910, Ma’alaea General Store has been serving the community. Today, it retains authentic plantation-style architecture, and is a one-stop for café fare, staple groceries, liquor, boat supplies and souvenirs. But one of the biggest draws is the Dole whip soft serve- waves of cool, tropical ice creamy goodness.  Find the updated ol’ store at the harbor across from the Coast Guard Station. While flip-flops may be required inside, sandy toes are certainly acceptable.

Of all the boats going out of Maalaea harbor, Calypso has got to be one of the most fun. Two water slides, glass bottom viewing and a full bar for the adult kids, spark sun-kissed adventures to place like Molokini Crater marine preserve, for the most amazing snorkeling. When its time to cool off, there is plenty of shady indoor space and comfortable seats to cruise on back home.

Lining Maalaea Harbor is a community of oceanfront vacation condo properties. One of the best kept secrets, our Maalaea condos are some of the finest accommodation bargains around. A lot of visitors choose one of the more populated areas in South Maui, but those that have found the boats, bars and beach lifestyle of Maalaea think its ok to avoid the crowds. Fringing the ocean, cooling trade winds begin around 11:30, and settle before sunset, cooling the area for a comfortable evening to barbeque, or sit on your lanai and take in the beauty of distant islands. Here are the Maalaea condos we recommend:

Hono Kai Resort

Island Sands Resort

Kanai A Nalu Resort

Lauloa Resort 

And the area also has a spectacular beach park. At the end of a tree-lined street of Maalaea condos, there is a golden sand beach that stretches all the way to Kihei. Perfect for an early morning restorative walk, without the crowds.

Come and explore summer fun the Maui way, starting with a Maalaea condo as your base of tropical operations.

2024-06-14T06:53:13+00:00June 12th, 2024|Beach, Condos, Culture, Dining, Ocean|

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