Things to do within walking distance; (.3 mi/7 min walk)
Maʻalaea Beach is approximately three miles in length and stretches from Maʻalaea Harbor on the west to Sugar Beach on the east. It is not considered a good beach for sunning and bathing due to what are often high winds.
Sugar Beach is a beautiful seven-mile long beach running all the way to Kihea from Ma’alaea.
Families fish off the harbor wall or spear fish on nearby reefs.
When a robust south swell hits Maui, surfers from far and near head for Maʻalaea to have a chance to experience the tubular perfection of one of the world's fastest rideable waves - the legendary Maʻalaea Pipeline wave.
Beginners can learn to surf at Maʻalaea's Buzz's Wharf surf break. Outrigger canoe clubs take shelter and rest on the Harbor's small beach.
The area is home to eight restaurants beginning with the highly acclaimed Waterfront Restaurant located in the Milowai Condominium. It has received a 5-star rating from Honolulu Magazine, placed first in the Maui News' annual survey for "best service" and "best seafood."
Buzz's Wharf Restaurant is a local landmark at the harbor's edge featuring excellent and moderately food.
Other options include The Blue Marlin, Bamboo Bistro, Capiche, Maʻalaea Grill and the Maʻalaea Seascape Restaurant.
After a slow start, the Maʻalaea Harbor Shops have now attracted several excellent retailers and restaurants.
You can now find Maui Dive Shop, Hula Cookies and Ice Cream, and Moonbow Tropics along with the Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Discovery Store and the Ocean Science Discovery Center where you'll find a self-guided exhibit area with hands-on activities for adults and children; informational displays, marine artifacts and free educational literature about the ocean.
Kealia National Wildlife Refuge:
This refuge provides 700 acres of some of the last remaining natural wetland habitat in Hawaii.
Kealia Pond is nearly 250 acres when full. The refuge is home to endangered native water birds, and hosts migratory ducks and shorebirds in fall, winter, and spring.
The refuge is adjacent to Kealia Beach, which is a nesting ground for the endangered hawksbill turtle. An interpretive kiosk and boardwalk viewing area found along the beach and refuge mudflats.
Maui Ocean Center:
The Maui Ocean Center rivals the National Aquarium in Baltimore as one of the finest we have seen. Your visit to the Center begins with The Living Reef where you walk through the various regions of a reef and learn about the many and varied creatures that make the reef their home. Don't miss those moray eels.
When you exit The Living Reef you find yourself in an outdoor courtyard, which features such exhibits as Turtle Lagoon, a touch pool, and the Sting Ray Cove.
You then enter into the Whale Discovery Center that is a very interactive means of learning about the humpback whales that spend the winter in Hawaii.
Following the Whale Discovery Center you find an exhibit detailing the importance of the ocean and sea life to the ancient Hawaiians.
You'll also find a wonderful exhibit of jellyfish that has just the perfect light to examine these beautiful and graceful creatures.
The final exhibit takes you past the largest tank in the aquarium and then through a clear acrylic tunnel where the creatures of the ocean swim on all sides of you.
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