Makena is a picturesque resort community just two miles south of Wailea on Maui’s south west shore. Home to one of the island’s largest beaches with five world-class golf courses close-by, luxury vacation rental properties in Makena are a hot commodity come tourist season.
Things to Do
Hawaii’s year-round beautiful climate allows guests staying at a luxury vacation rental properties in Makena to enjoy the outdoors regardless of the season. Water activities are popular throughout the islands, and here in Makena you’ll spend your days lounging on the beach or trying your hand at paddle boarding, kayaking, or perhaps taking surf lessons from a local. The area is surrounded by championship level golf courses giving you plenty of opportunity to work on your swing. The Makena Golf Resort is home to the popular North and South Courses; and the Wailea Golf Club’s Blue, Emerald, and Gold courses are just a short distance away. Nature lovers can hike through more than 30 trails at the beautiful Haleakala State Park. Here you’ll find the beautiful bamboo forest or choose to hike to Mt. Haleakala’s 10,000 foot summit to watch an early morning sunrise. The Makena Stables offer horseback riding tours through the Ulupalukau Ranch where you can visit Maui’s only winery. Some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling is just off the coast at the Molokini Crater. Considered one of the top ten diving spots in the world, the small volcanic crater is home to more than 250 marine species. Its crescent shape provides shelter from the waves leaving the water calm with crystal clear visibility. A trip to “Turtle Town” is another must for snorkelers. Located between Nahuna Point and Black Sand Beach, this stretch is known for the green sea turtles and vibrantly colored fish that make their home in the area’s reef. Marine life lovers will also want to venture over to La Perouse Bay where you’ll see pods of spinner dolphins playing off-shore. If you’re interested in a road trip, grab your camera, hop in the car and drive Maui’s legendary “Road to Hana”. With more than 600 winding curves and close to 60 narrow one-lane bridges, this breathtaking drive takes you past waterfalls, through rainforests and offers sweeping views of the Pacific along the way. If you’re here during whale season, the Maui Whale Festival takes place February through March, and those looking to see the visiting humpbacks up close will enjoy one of the many whale watching tours offered around the island.
Makena Beach is the top choice for guests staying in one of Makena’s luxury vacation rental properties. At 2/3 of a mile long and 100 yards wide, this is one of the largest beaches on the island. With soft golden sand and pristine water, this beach is great for snorkeling and swimming, and also has great views of Molokini. Located at the end of Makena Road, Maluaka Beach is affectionately known as “Turtle Town” thanks to the high concentration of green sea turtles living in the area. The reef here is also home to some of Hawaii’s most colorful marine life. Though not a true black sand beach, Oneuli Beach is one of Hawaii’s famous colored beaches and is worth a visit. It’s not the best suited for swimming but the bay is filled with coral so snorkeling conditions are ideal.
Restaurants and Nightlife
The resort areas surrounding our Makena vacation rental properties offer up some great dining choices. From casual to elegant, you’re sure to find something to please even the pickiest of palates. Enjoy the warm ocean breeze from the lanai at Tommy Bahama’s at the Shops at Wailea, or try the Molokini Bar and Grill for cocktails and an island-inspired menu. For a fun evening out, check out one of the popular area luaus.
Guests staying at a luxury vacation rental in Makena will love the nearby Shops at Wailea! This open-air shopping center located ocean-side features traditional retailers like the Gap, and luxury brands like Gucci and Tiffany & Co. Shoppers can also find unique one-of-a-kind crafts and a variety of Hawaii souvenirs to take back home. The Kihei Kalama Village is also close-by with 50+ shops, restaurants and eateries.
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Makena’s luxury vacation rental properties are located on Maui’s sunniest and driest side which assures consistently beautiful weather for your Hawaii vacation. Makena receives less than 12 inches of rain each year with an average temperature range of 75 F – 85 F. Hawaii’s gentle trade winds blow in from the north east and keep things comfortable as the temperatures rise. The average ocean temperature around our Makena vacation rental homes is 76 F which means you’ll likely spend more time in the ocean than out! Please remember that Hawaii’s waters can be extremely rough and conditions can change from day to day. Always read the safety signs posted on our beaches as these are here for your protection.
While there is plenty to see and do around Makena’s luxury vacation rental properties, we still recommend a rental car for your stay so that you can explore the surrounding communities and easily access all that Maui has to offer.
Makena’s luxury vacation rental properties provide the comfort and privacy of home with the five-star amenities of a beautiful resort community. We provide our guests with high-end luxury accommodations and unparalleled customer service. Contact us to inquire about our vacation rental properties in Makena and surrounding areas, and discover how we can help plan your dream vacation in Hawaii!