What to Expect
Ma'alaea, South Maui
The first westerner, sea captain George Vancouver (1757-98), landed his ship at Ma'alaea Bay. A totem pole stands across from the Maui Lu Hotel to commemorate this event. Today, the harbor serves as a central boating port offering a variety of ocean services. During the winter, humpback whales breed in this warm Hawaiian bay. Many whale-watching cruises and Molokini snorkeling charters depart from the Ma'alaea Small Boat Harbor located here.
The Maui Ocean Center is located across from Ma'alaea Harbor.
Ma'alaea Activity Booth - here you can reserve seats on any of the boats in the harbor.
Ma'alaea General Store - the place to purchase fishing and boating supplies as well as snacks and hot dogs.
Ma'alaea Harbor is the beginning of three miles of beaches which stretch down to north Kihei.
Paved access and parking.
Located in Central Maui between the East and West lobes of the island on the South side. Highway 31 fronts the harbor.