The Maʻalaea District of Maui is located in Central Maui about six miles south of Wailuku, where the Honoapiʻilani Highway (Hwy 30) reaches the south coast.
There are plenty of things to keep you busy for a full day in Maʻalaea. You can begin with a morning snorkeling or whale-watching cruise followed by an afternoon visit to the Maui Ocean Center. You can end the day with an evening sunset walk on Ma'alaea Beach.
Formerly a commercial port Maʻalaea Harbor now hosts a marina where many cruise and pleasure boats dock. Among the boats that dock here are whale watching cruise boats as well as those that offer snorkeling trips to Molokini Atol.
The waters and reefs of Maʻalaea are important to many species. Maʻalaea Bay is part of the National Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary - a favorite mating and birthing grounds for the endangered Humpbacks. Green Sea Turtles browse reefs that border the harbor entrance.
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 - Freight trains.
Beginners learn to surf at Maʻalaea's Buzz's Wharf surf break. Outrigger canoe clubs take shelter and rest on the Harbor's small beach.
Maʻalaea Bay is home to nine condominiums all located along Hauʻoli Road just east of the harbor area. Each of the condominiums has different things that will appeal to varying tastes and needs.