Wailea enjoys an exclusive environment defined by major resorts, golf courses, world-class shopping venues and outdoor recreation facilities. It also stands out for fine dining, lush tropical scenery and some of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii.
Things to do in Wailea
Resort amenities provide a significant portion of activities in Wailea, including elaborately designed swimming pools, lazy rivers, spas and private beaches. You can rent jet skis, kayaks, snorkelling gear, surfboards and paddle boats or go windsurfing and parasailing. Many operators offer sunset cruises, glass-bottom boat tours and scuba diving charters.
Golfing at Wailea Golf Course is a favourite activity for visitors. Designed by renowned course architects, the courses have views of the ocean and volcanic rocks framed by swaying palms at every turn. Book the Blue Course if you’re a novice or up the challenge on the more advanced Gold and Emerald courses.
For a relaxing day of sun and sand, head over to Makena Beach inside Makena State Park. Choose from the main Big Beach or more intimate Little Beach, which is perched on the other side of a north-end hill. If you’d like to spy sea turtles in pristine habitats, hike through Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve.
Need some retail therapy? Make a beeline for the Shops at Wailea, a collection of more than 70 shops, eateries and fine-art galleries. You can also enjoy live music and cultural performances throughout the complex or join classes to learn how to make Ti leaf leis.
Getting around Wailea
You can rent a car at Kahului Airport, which is about 30 minutes’ drive from Wailea. Buses and taxis are available, and many resorts provide complimentary shuttles for getting around. Ferries offer rides from Lahaina Harbor to the island of Lanai.