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Introduction to the Maalaea Resort Area
South Central Maui

Maalaea is a harbor community and fishing village on the south central coast of Maui, near the Isthmus of Maui, just west of the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Reserve and the town of Kihei. Maalaea Harbor is a departure point for whalewatching cruises, sportfishing expeditions, and Molokini snorkeling and diving tours and it is the home of the Pacific Whale Foundation and the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium.

Maalaea Village and Maalaea Harbor
Photo Credit: Forest and Kim Starr (USGS)

One of the first things you will probably notice about Maalaea.... its windy! This part of Maui's south central valley is one of the windiest places on the entire island.Maalaea is situated between the two mountains that make up the island of Maui, and the winds blowing between those two mountains are funneled between them, they gain momentum, and et get up to 25 to 30 miles per hour by they time they arrive in Maalaea. All of that wind makes Maalaea a great place for windsurfing, but the wind can be a bit much when you're trying to sunbathe on Maalaea Beach. That's probablay the reasonfd all of the condominium complexes in Maalaea have their own swimming pools, even though theya re situated directly on the waterfront.

People come to Maalaea for boating activities and long walks or jogs on the beach with the wind blowing in your hair. There are plenty of things to do in Maalaea but if you're looking for nightlife or a large resort with many organized activities you will not find it there. In fact there are no hotels at all in Maalaea and only a handful of restaurants, all in the harbor. All of Maalaea's accommodations are in a string of condominiums just south of Maalaea Harbor.

Facts About Maalaea

-Located on the south end of Maui's Central Valley and the Isthmus of Maui
-On the Shore of Maalaea Bay
-On the dry side of the West Maui Mountains
-Convenient central location on Maui
-Popular spot to retire
-Ocean activity center (fish, dive, snorkel, Molokini, whalewatch)
-9 condos with views of Maalaea Bay, Kahoolawe, South Maui, and Haleakala

Attractions in Maalaea
Landmarks and interesting attractions in and around Maalaea include the Maalaea Harbor, Maalaea Bay, the three mile beach between Maalaea and the town of Kihei, and Maalaea Electric Plant, and the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Reserve,

Activities in Maalaea
Popular activities in Maalaea include sportfishing, whalewatching, snorkeling, scuba diving, visiting the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium, playing miniature golf at the Maui Golf and Sports Park, board surfing, bodysurfing, birdwatching at the Kealia Pond Bird Sanctuary, dinner cruises, dining at Maalaea Harbor's seafood restaurants, and walking or jogging on the three mile, white sand beach between Maalaea and Kihei.

Condominiums in Maalaea
There are no hotels in Maalaea but there are nine condominium complexes strung out along on the shoreline between Maalaea Harbor and the Kealia Pond bird sanctuary. Two of those complexes are inside Maalaea Harbor, four on the waterfront, and three are on a sandy beach.

Restaurants in Maalaea
Information about Maalaea's most well-known restaurants including the Maalaea Bay and harbor view Buzz's Wharf Restaurant, the Seascape Maalaea Restaurant inside the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium, the Waterfront Restaurant inside the Milowai condominium building, and the Maalaea Grill.

Articles and News About Maalaea
Includes articles introducing Maalaea, visitor guides to Maalaea, and newspaper articles about Maalaea issues.

See also:
- Kealia Pond is East of Maalaea
- Town of Kihei is East of the Kealia Pond
- Other Maui Resort Areas

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