The Very Best Wailea Vacation
With a lot of long hours in the field (our job is rough), we have put together a list of what we consider to be the very best of the experiences to be had on Maui. The list is ever-expanding though, so let us know if there is something new you’d like to try!
From the shoreline, it is an elegant dance of vibrantly colored kites over the water. From the water, it’s the feeling of the wind pulling you across the open ocean with all the speed of wake-boarding and all the freedom of paragliding.
For the memories of a lifetime, Hotel Wailea has brought kiteboarding to your doorstep with its own accredited academy. Through one-on-one instruction, our passionate instructors will unlock the secrets of this exhilarating sport and help you fine-tune your skills to harness the power of the wind and glide gracefully across Maui waters.
What we like:
- Instructors are extremely knowledgeable and are able pinpoint exactly what technique(s) and specific detail(s) to correct in order to get you riding.
- One-on-one instruction allows you to learn at your own pace
- Instructors translate their passion and keep you improving and advancing.
- Learn with the best and latest equipment.
What to wear:
- Swim suit, rash guard and board shorts
- Sunglasses recommended – best with a strap so you don’t lose them in the water
One-on-one lesson with your instructor will take place at Kanaha Beach Park in Kahului, also known as Kite Beach.
- Portapotties available at Kanaha Beach
Know Before You Go:
- With the many complexities involved in kiteboarding, proper instruction and practice are essential in order to become an independent rider and always remain safe.
- Upon arrival at the beach, your instructor will outfit you with all proper gear including harness, life-vest and a helmet.
- To get the most fulfilling experience it is best to plan for several days of lessons.
- Most desirable weather conditions on Maui generally occur April through October.
Try the Discovery Package (1.5 hours of introduction to the sport & safety) for $95
Pricing for full lessons is dependent on length and whether you choose a private or semi-private lesson. Choose the package that suits you best. Learn more: www.ksmaui.com
For skilled kiteboarders: KSMaui offers advanced lessons, and has a variety of top brand equipment available to rent or purchase.
ISLAND BEACH SAFARI
The X’s are marked and the map to Maui’s best hidden beaches is in your hands. Seek out the most pristine waters, optimum snorkeling, colorful sunsets, extreme kiteboarders, beaching turtles and more.
Included in your package:
- Curated map of Maui’s most interesting beaches
- Gourmet picnic basket lunch
- Hotel Wailea sarong
How to book:
You are welcome to add the Island Beach Safari to your stay at any time. We do ask that you let us know by 5pm the day before you’d like to safari, so that we can prepare your picnic lunch.
Go Vintage! Cruise the island in a reproduction 1957 Porsche Speedster.
Safari + Porsche 4hrs: $348 (incl. tax)
Safari + Porsche 6hrs: $400 (incl. tax)
Safari + Porsche 12hrs: $483 (incl. tax)
*Please note that a US Driver’s License and proof of insurance is required to rent the Porsche Speedsters.
AERIAL SILK YOGA
Aerial Yoga combines traditional mat yoga with postures that are suspended partially or fully in the air by a soft silk hammock. The use of gravity allows the body to find correct postural alignment, to release, realign, and lengthen more efficiently, and furthermore invites in a spark of creativity and playfulness. Accessible to all skill levels, this is bound to be an unforgettable experience…
Aerial Yoga – Basics:
Pre-requisite: none; some floor yoga experience advised.
A gentle introduction to aerial yoga for beginners or those wanting a more gentle practice; You will learn beginner level postures using the sling and experience the benefits of some of the basic fundamental postures. Gentle for any ability.
Monday: 8:00am – 9:10am *complimentary to guests
Thursday: 4:00pm – 5:10pm *complimentary to guests
Saturday: 8:30am – 9:40am
Aerial Yoga – Strength/Stretch:
Level 1/2. Pre-requisite: Aerial Yoga Basics.
This class provides some more challenging postures, and will use the sling to work your core and total body strength, and then combine this with some deep stretches in the sling such as inversions, backbends, and more. You will leave feeling completely melted.
Saturday: 11:00am – 12:10pm
Aerial Yoga for Length:
Level 1/2. Prerequisite: Aerial Yoga Basics
Gentle opening movements to warm the body, followed by some deep longer holds, using the sling and the breath to help the body release and open. This will help you stretch and lengthen tight areas of the body and will have you leaving here feeling longer and more open.
Friday: 4:00pm – 5:10pm
$35/person per class; reservation required
Private sessions also available upon request
*Two complimentary classes are offered to guests of Hotel Wailea: Aerial Yoga Basics on Monday at 8:00am and Thursday at 4:00pm.
Meet your instructor:
Andrea Fors (aka ‘Dre’) discovered her love for aerial dance in 1998, while attending the University of Georgia. There, she apprenticed under the directorship of Susan Murphy, one of the first people to develop the art of dance-trapeze, and there, she found a love for how physical strength and art/emotion collide.
She went on to help open one of the first dedicated aerial dance studios in the country, Canopy Studio, and became a member of Canopy’s first Aerial Dance Repertoire Company from 2000-2005. During this time, she spent countless hours training on various equipment including silks, duo trap, lyra, and harness with Elsie and Serenity Smith, who performed for Cirque du Soleil, and currently own the New England Center for Circus Arts.
Andrea is dedicated to helping the community of Maui and those who visit our beautiful island to connect back to themselves and to those around them, and the community. Her company, Uplift Maui, is founded on the premises that we “rise by lifting others” (Robert Ingersoll). A play on words for literally lifting people into the air as well as in so many other ways…physically, nutritionally, emotionally, and spiritually…to name a few.
RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Certified, Unnata Aerial Yoga certified, Power Pilates Certified, ISSA certified, B.S. Psychology; Masters in Social Work
HAWAIIAN OUTRIGGER CANOE EXPERIENCE
Among our favorite Maui activities, relive a part of Hawaiian history and walk in the footsteps of the Ali’i in this traditional Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe tour.
Your journey departs beautiful Wailea Beach in South Maui. Wailea in ancient Hawaii meant “Waters of Sacred Happiness”. Come join us for an authentic Hawaiian experience.
Participate in traditional Hawaiian chants (oli) as you paddle your canoe (hoe wa’a) along the South Coast of Maui, taking in breathtaking views of Haleakala, West Maui Mountains, Lana’i, Kanaloa (Kaho’olawe) and Molokini. Come see the honu and honu’ea (Hawaiian Green Sea & Hawksbill turtles) and learn about the Polynesian Voyagers who sailed the Polynesian Triangle (New Zealand to Rapa Nui to Hawaii) using only celestial wayfinding. In honoring the wisdom and knowledge passed on by generations from our ancestors…we are inspired to share the values and traditions that have sustained our Hawaiian Culture in the past.
When: Every Wednesday, from 8am-9am
Where: Meet at Wailea Beach (Hotel Wailea Beach Club) by 7:50am.
Maximum capacity: 6 people
Reservations: Please be sure to sign-up at the front desk by Tuesday evening at the very latest. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis.
Cost: Complimentary for Hotel Wailea guests
*If you would like to arrange a separate private tour, our concierge would be happy to arrange it for you. Cost is $65/person.
ON THE ALI’I NUI
Pull your toes from the sand (only temporarily of course) and place them on the deck of the Ali’i Nui for an unforgettable evening experience complete with premium open bar and either a selection of appetizers during the Romantic Sunset Sail or full dinner service during the Royal Feast Dinner Sail.
What we like:
- The excellent open bar. Need we say more?
- During the sail, your choice is to mingle…or not to mingle, but definitely nibble! Enjoy a wide array of fresh and local appetizers on the Romantic Sunset Sail or sit down for full dinner service with in-cabin dining on the Royal Feast Dinner Sail.
- There is a good chance of whale sightings during the winter season December to April.
- The Ali’i Nui staff is very charming and cater to your every need, leaving you to simply relax and enjoy the food, the drink and the setting sun.
What to wear:
- Casual cocktail attire is usual, however feel free to dress it up!
- Short, flowy dresses are not recommended for ladies since it often is windy while sailing.
- A light cover-up is recommended if you get chilly.
The Ali’i Nui departs from Ma’alaea Harbor, which is approximately 13 miles (25 min drive) from Hotel Wailea. Complimentary transportation is provided by Ali’i Nui based on availability.
300 Ma’alaea Road, Ma’alaea Harbor (Slip #56)
Know Before You Go:
- Space is limited to 36 guests per sailing, so be sure to reserve in advance.
- Bring your ID. Adults only (21+) on the Royal Feast Dinner Sail.
- A camera is a must!
Schedule & Rates:
Romantic Sunset Sail
4:45pm check-in, departing at 5:15pm and returning at 7:15pm
Includes: open bar & appetizers
Royal Feast Dinner Sail
4:45pm check-in, departing at 5:15pm and returning at 7:45pm
Includes: open bar & full dinner service