Degrees of Paradise

More than halfway  through our first extended stay on Maui, we feel even more fortunate to have found our little piece of paradise at Makena Surf in south Maui. Having  stayed at a number of different locations on Maui, this section of Maui truly seems to have the best of everything.  Gorgeous views sweeping from Kahoolawe, Molokini,  Lanai and over to the West Maui mountains, the vista is breathtaking.

Makena Surf F307 View
View From Our Lanai

Facing west, unobstructed sunsets are a treat that never gets old and we make a point of  watching them every night from our condo.

Makena Surf F307 Sunset
Sunset View From Our Lanai


Makena Surf F307 Sunset
Another Sunset View From Our Lanai


This being whale season we have spent whole days on the lanai awestruck by these magnificent creatures – we see so many that we’ve become spoiled in that if it’s not a breach or a very close sighting it’s not noteworthy!  It’s fun hearing other folks staying here cheering the whales on when particularly good sightings take place! The property has a secluded beach great for sunbathing and snorkeling – indeed paid snorkel trips come daily out in front of our condo to see the turtles –  and it is also a favorite spot for weddings. We typically see at least one sunset wedding a day although multiple weddings are common –  4 spread out over the beach at one time is the most to date! With 2 pools on site, one of which is steps away from our condo, we have a family rule of needing to go in twice a day.  🙂

While close enough to walk to the big resorts like the Grand Wailea and the Fairmont hotel and the Wailea coastal walk, the 1.5 mile long paved beach path that winds in front of these resorts, it is also within walking distance of the biggest beach on Maui at Makena State Park, known appropriately enough as Big Beach.


Makena State Park
Big Beach


Walking in the early morning before the heat of the day is particularly enjoyable.  Visiting friends that are avid runners also found the early morning ideal for beating the more crowded sections of the coastal walk trail; crowds aren’t an issue walking or running south toward Big Beach.

Wailea Walking Trail
Coastal Beach Trail Nearing Wailea Point
Wailea Walking Trail
Coastal Beach Trail Nearing Resorts


The bustling town of Kihei is about a 15 minute drive away and abounds with everything one needs – grocery stores, banks, gas stations, restaurants,  snorkel and paddleboard rental stores. We joined a gym in Kihei called Powerhouse based on recommendations from others and find it small but comprehensive.  While we are avid exercisers, we try to alternate being at the gym with outside sports especially as it’s hard to go inside when the weather is so lovely! We’ve rented kayaks and it’s very convenient – the rental companies drop the kayaks off at our beach and pick them up when the rental time is over. We’ve watched lots of kayakers have close encounters with whales – we haven’t been that fortunate yet but we keep trying!

Even with an extended stay, we find our time racing by and are already facing the prospect of returning home and to reality.  We have our next trip here already planned and will begin counting down the days until we return the moment we step on the plane heading home!

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