The beauty of Maui is embodied right here in Wailea. 1,500 acres of prime resort land include staggering ocean views of the stark red island of Kaho'olawe and the quarter-moon sliver of tiny Molokini Island marine sanctuary.
Wailea's mile and a half of shoreline is notched into five crescent beaches and exudes a sense of serenity, privacy and freedom, with luxurious private homes and five-star resorts repeatedly named among the world's best by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. They include the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa, the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui and the Four Seasons Resort Wailea. The entire resort is guided by a master plan that preserves and enhances the natural beauty of the setting.
Wailea boasts three championship golf courses: Wailea Old Blue, Wailea Gold and Wailea Emerald and they are rated among the best in the country (Golf Magazine and Golf Digest). Besides their championship play, each of these courses has such knockout views, you may be called for "slow play." If tennis is your game, you can head over to the award-wining Wailea Tennis Club (known as Wimbledon West), where courts are available for day or night play. But if shopping is your favorite sport, The Shops at Wailea will hold you captive for hours with the best island designers, artisans, and luxury brands like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, St. John, and Tiffany & Co. Dining at Wailea is an international experience, from American to Continental, and of course, Pacific Rim and Hawaii regional cuisines. You can enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor venues at The Shops at Wailea, experience Hawaii regional cuisine at its best, or take in the culinary excellence of the world's top chefs at any one of the top local Wailea restaurants.
Wailea Golf Club has gone greener than ever with an expanded selection of eco-sensitive golf products in its award-winning pro shop. The latest 100% Earth-friendly addition is an innovative new golf ball made entirely from recycled materials, from core to cover, including packaging. The Dixon Earth Ball joins Wailea Golf Club's growing array of "green" products, including headwear and apparel made from renewable fibers and/or recycled materials. Wailea Golf's environmental stewardship efforts also include brackish water systems, biodegradable tees and recycling programs for plastic, glass, aluminum and cardboard.
The 7,078-yard Wailea Gold is the most challenging of Wailea's trio, with a design that takes advantage of the natural terrain. But four to six tee boxes on every hole also make it a suitable course for virtually every player.
A Robert Trent Jones II design, the Gold was honored by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as one of the country's ten best new resort courses when it opened in 1994. It has also been recognized by the Maui Historical Society for its preservation of prehistoric lava rock walls during construction, and hailed as one of the world's best designed courses by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler in the magazine's first golf resorts poll.
A fun course for every level of player, the 6,825-yard Wailea Emerald Course was one reason Golf for Women Magazine has granted the Wailea Golf Club a Top Fairways Award for the country's most women-friendly golf clubs, seven times.
The Emerald features carpet-like fairways, colorful foliage, and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Mt. Haleakala. The kind fairways with few forced carries make it ideal for players who enjoy the recreation aspect of golf. For players seeking a greater challenge, four to six tee boxes on every hole allow them to test their skill level.
One of the more unusual features of the Emerald Course is the double green shared by holes #10 and #17. The green borders a 2.7 million gallon brackish water lake and is one of the most picturesque spots on the course.
Maui's skyline is dominated by Mt. Haleakala, a majestic 10,023-foot dormant volcano. Winding across her lower foothills among the beautiful homes and condos of Wailea, the fairways of the Wailea Old Blue Course stretch 6,765 yards from its tips. This classic Arthur Jack Snyder beauty has charmed many a Wailea golfer for many years.
The Old Blue is a true Hawaiian resort course weaving through the resort, offering a picturesque "tour" of Wailea, with spectacular views of the ocean and volcano. The flowing design and generous fairways offer a pleasant round for "weekend" golfers, but elevation changes and strategically placed hazards have tested some of the best professional players.
The ocean views can be mesmerizing as in years back when the LPGA Women's Kemper Open was played here, tournament officials had to admonish some of the competitors for slow play. Even the pros couldn't help but do a little whale watching at the 12th hole.
The Wailea Tennis Club has to be one of the most beautiful places anywhere to play tennis. This premier Maui tennis facility was the 2007 USTA National Facility of the Year.
Located in the heart of Wailea on the south coast of Maui the Wailea Tennis Club is surrounded by Major Resort Hotels and beautiful condominiums. There are 11 Plexi-Pave courts (2 lit), clubhouse, backwall, and more.
The Wailea coastline is comprised of 5 of the most beautiful crescent shaped beaches you will find in the world. Start your Wailea beach adventure in the morning when the water is calm and conditions are right for snorkeling. Perfect for swimming, snorkeling, lazing in the sun or a romantic stroll along our 1.5 mile oceanfront coastal path. Ulua Beach & Mokapu Beach - 2 beaches fronting the Wailea Elua and Wailea Ekahi Condos separated by a wonderful reef; excellent for swimming, snorkeling and beachcombing. With parking, showers and restrooms.
Wailea Beach - Spanning the Wailea Beach Marriott, Wailea Beach Villas, Grand Wailea and Four Seasons, this beach is broad and wide, protected on either side by black lava points. Ideal for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and bodysurfing, and an excellent vantage point for whale watching in season! With parking, picnic tables/barbeques, showers and restrooms.
Polo Beach - A secluded beach at the southern end of Wailea fronting the Fairmont Kea Lani and attracts body-surfers as well as swimmers and those who snorkel. With parking, picnic tables/barbeques, showers and restrooms.
Keawakapu Beach - A long, wide beach on the north end of the resort with parking and showers; a place of unworldly beauty and untold luxury. It is no wonder Wailea ranks among the world's most desirable destinations. But more than a vacation destination, it is also a residential community without equal. And no one knows the Wailea lifestyle better than The Wailea Group.
Experience the magic of Makena. Named in Hawaiian for "a land of abundance and plenty..." Makena Resort is comprised of Makena Beach & Golf Resort; known to those who frequent the island often and the residences of Maui as the Maui Price Hotel. The magic of Makena Beach & Golf Resort lies in its great location directly in front of one of Maui's best kept secrets and one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Situated on 1800 acres at the southern end of Maui, where the slopes of Hawaii's largest dormant volcano meet the rocky lava shoreline and sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean. The Makena-Wailea area is a world-class resort destination that is abundantly beautiful and offers plenty to see and do.
Ranked in the Top 10 Hawaiian Golf Courses by Golf Digest, the Makena Golf Course is one of Maui's only sea-to-mountain 18-hole golf courses with an all natural surrounding.
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the Makena Golf Course is a natural test of golf that winds up, down, over and around the verdant foothills of Maui's 10,028 foot-high dormant volcano, Mt. Haleakala. The course offers awe-inspiring ocean and mountain views on every hole, panoramic views of native kiawe forest and indigenous wiliwili trees, ancient Hawaiian rock walls, natural streams and gullies, and abundant wildlife, unique among Maui golf resorts. It's as much a remarkable nature walk as it is an unforgettable golf outing, providing a truly memorable setting to enjoy your day on the links.
Visually stunning and an experience for golfers of all skill levels, the Makena Golf Course has long been a standard bearer for an unforgettable experience and will satisfy any golfer in pursuit of the ultimate round in Hawaii.
Makena Golf Course features an award-winning golf and resort shop, locker rooms, practice range, and a fleet of state-of-the-art golf carts with on-board GPS systems. After a game of golf, enjoy your favorite beverage at Caf' on the Green complimented with stunning views, cooling sea breezes, and al fresco dining on the caf' terrace.
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort and the Makena Tennis club were honored as one of the Top 50 American Tennis Resorts by Tennis Magazine and Tennis.com.
The Makena Beach & Golf Resort was included in this list due its recent renovations of the facility, the number of courts and the quality of instruction, clinics and game-matching services. Also considered is the lodging, dining and other amenities and diversions found at resort property. Congratulations to our tennis team and the rest of the Makena Ohana for this prestigious honor.
Under enthusiastic leadership of Director of Tennis Frank Salvador, the Makena Tennis Club shines as the Maui's premier tennis club. After a recent all-around refurbishment from court re-surfacing to the latest in tennis fashion and equipment in the club's tennis pro shop. Beautiful new landscaping reveals fabulous ocean vistas and golf course views visible from courtside.
All six tennis courts are upgraded and recently resurfaced with high quality Plexipave surfacing, the same professional surfaces used at the Australian and U.S. Open tournaments. Two lit courts make Makena's Maui Tennis Club the only center for night-time tennis on the south side of Maui.
The remodeled Pro Shop features the latest in clothing, rackets, and accessories, including the entire line of Wilson rackets. The Makena Tennis Club also offers racket customization services which include grips and racquet weight re-stringing, re-gripping, and racquet weight customization as part of our 24-hour guaranteed service program.
Makena Tennis Club's thoughtfully enhanced programming includes weekly, monthly, and yearly membership opportunities, and daily tennis clinic programs, including Salvador's Saturday Davis Cup Workout. Complimentary shuttle service is offered to and from our Maui Tennis Club at Makena Beach & Golf Resort.
Maui's southwestern shores are home to many extraordinary beaches and Makena Beach, also known as "Big Beach," is one of the island's best.
This is one of the largest beaches in Maui, with golden sands extending nearly 2/3 of a mile long and 100 yards wide. Visitors can swim or snorkel in these pristine waters, picnic in the shade, or simply sunbathe on the seemingly endless expanse of sand. Skim boarding, body boarding, and body surfing are all very popular here for this reason. Caution is advised for those with children or inexperienced ocean swimmers when there's large swell. These waves are powerful and can dump you into the sand without notice. We don't recommend snorkeling in this area. Surfing also isn't usually done here because of the shore break conditions.
Big Beach is located south of Wailea near the Makena Beach and Golf Resort and provides a secluded alternative to more crowded beaches in Ka'anapali and Lahaina. Nestled between two black-lava outcroppings, Makena offers protection from the trade winds and provides great views of the islands of Molokini and Kaho'olawe. Picnic facilities and restrooms are also available.
Makena State Park comprises 165 acres, south of Wailea.
The "Makena cloud" that stretches from the top of Haleakala to Kaho'olawe is often overhead, cooling the sand.
Little Beach, also known as "Pu'u Olai Beach" is a small beach just North of Big Beach separated by a steep lava outcropping (the tip of Pu'u Olai) and a 5 minute hike.
Black Sand Beach, also known as "Naupaka Beach", is one of the least used beaches on Maui. Black Sand Beach has its own road and a parking lot right on the edge of the beach, and allows easy access.
Pu'u Olai is a dormant volcanic cinder cone in the center of the park with a height of 360 feet (110m).
Ahihi Kinau Natural Area Reserve is located in Makena was the first designated Natural Area Reserve in 1973. The 1,238 acres contain marine ecosystems (807 submerged acres), rare and fragile anchialine ponds, and lava fields from the last eruption of Haleakala 200-500 years ago, native plant communities that include naio, wiliwili and native cotton exist in kipuka, or pockets, but are severely imperiled by the encroachment of weeds and feral ungulates such as goats. A coral reef survey done by the Division of Aquatic Resources in 2007 indicated that the reef community within the NAR boundary waters was the only reef from their test sites that was not declining overall. Preserving the integrity of the anchialine pools is a major management focus. All access to them is closed. Main threats to these wetlands include non-native invasive such as fish or prawns, algal mat formations, and human disturbance.
It's a marine life conservation district, so no fishing of any kind is allowed.
The coast line is mostly made up of lava rock intermixed with coral. Lava rock is a major plus when it comes to snorkeling. The abrupt contours of the sea floor make perfect homes and hiding places for aquatic life to flourish.
You won't have to swim far to find the fish either. Many of Ahihi Kinau's most beautiful marine life make their homes in the shallows. The water starts at about knee deep gradually getting deeper so there's a variety of depths for all skill levels.
The water will be clearest in the morning before the wind picks up. Because it's so calm, Ahihi Kinau Reserve is also a great spot to snorkel with the kids.