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Best things to do in Maalaea Bay

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Aquarium
“A wonderful showcase of Maui's local aquaculture and a close encounter with our visiting Humpback Whales!”
49 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“We highly recommend getting out on the water during your visit! Early morning snorkel cruises are the best for calm waters. For a fun night out, book the Island Rhythms Sunset Cruise! One of our favorite things to do, especially during whale season. Marty Dread does not disappoint!”
33 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Maalaea Harbor has many excursions including snorkle trips, fishing excusions, whale watching, dinner cruises.”
22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A Maui favorite! great food and drink with nightly entertainment! Try the Big Kahuna - only order one as there is plenty for two!”
18 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Great breakfasts and many items for ready made lunch, snacks, burger and fries etc.”
10 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
$$$
“Great little spot for fresh produce, local baked goods, and fresh spreads/sauces/dips. Only open M-F, approx 8-4. Bring cash or use ATM next door at ABC Store.”
7 locals recommend
Convenience Store
“Good for whatever, gifts for the folks back home & everything in between, but expensive.”
7 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“You may not know about Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling. Kihei Canoe Club takes up much of my mom’s time, and I’ve paddled for KCC too. The canoe site is about a mile north of Kihei Bay Surf. I love being on the water; the people are healthy and involved; there is a spot for every level. Go to the Kihei Canoe Club website for a look. If you would like to give it a try, I suggest going to the visitor paddle on a Tuesday or Thursday. Be at the Kihei Canoe Club site by about 7:15 am to be sure to get a seat. You do not need to be experienced (but know how to swim just in case). The club asks for a donation – $40, but it goes to good use, and you will get to be on the water and are likely to have a wonderful experience. The whales are in our waters from about December to April. At other times, you are likely to see turtles and other marine life. Usually, you will be able to take a short swim, and you can take a snorkel and mask with you too (look for the ones in the big closet). Just drop over the side of the canoe when you stop to rest, but ask the steers-person first. If you are lucky, Kimokeo, the KCC Hawaiian cultural leader will be there too. If the waves are high or there is a shore break, the boats won’t go out. They want everyone to be safe – and have a good time. ”
6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great happy hour! We enjoy the food and views - great people watching when people are getting off the boats. Sometimes live music as well.”
7 locals recommend
Convenience Store
“Located right next door to our complex you will find the essentials like milk and bread plus some deli sandwiches and spirits.”
1 local recommends
Food
“If you get hungry while in Ma'alaea, you can't go wrong with the sandwiches in this local-bar-style place.”
5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Maui Bus covers a grat deal of the island and is inexpensive to go from stop to stop. You can look online for their routes and times.”
2 locals recommend
Park
“Close to Kihei Bay Surf, the Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge – is at the Kihei end, just off Mokulele Highway (now called Veterans Highway, but not by locals). There is an informative visitor center, and you can walk around the sanctuary and go on the boardwalk to look for birds. ”
5 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Probably the most popular and respected tour operator on Maui. Trilogy offers awesome ocean excursions year-round! ”
4 locals recommend
Store
2 locals recommend
Restaurant
2 locals recommend