Many travelers don’t appreciate the intricacies that come with planning a Hawaiian vacation. Instead of taking the time to plan for a place that is perfect for what they want, they settle for a major destination, and are (often) disappointed by the results. Instead of going to one of the places everyone thinks you should go, why not get a real vacation far off the beaten path?
Located on the west coast of the island of Maui, Kihei is an often overlooked destination in the Hawaiian islands. But with great hotel discounts on Hipmunk waiting throughout the year and a number of great activities throughout the island, this hidden gem is the first place you should start planning your vacation. Here’s why you should plan to stay and play in this city less traveled today!
Miles of Beach and Nature Await you in Kihei
Those who love the outdoors know to skip Honolulu or Hilo when they plan for Hawaii. Instead, they end up in Kihei. With two tropical forest reserves surrounding travelers and miles of coastline lining the Maalalea Bay, travelers can find exactly what they need to get recharged and truly make a memory of their vacations.
In fact, many travelers go off the beaten path and make Kihei their destination to enjoy yoga right in the middle of paradise. With many yoga studios throughout Kihei – even some that will let you practice right on the beach – this destination allows those looking for their center to find it. And what’s better than using your hard-earned vacation time to get re-centered and recharged?
Great Treats and Eats in Kihei
With all the adventure you will be having, recharging on food won’t just be a request – it will be a need. Lucky for you, Kihei offers a number of great dining options for even the most demanding foodie! Regardless of what you like, you’re sure to find something that will fit your appetite perfectly in Kihei.
Those looking for Latin influences will have their pick of some of the best restaurants in this hidden Hawaiian getaway. Some of the top-rated restaurants in the community offer local takes on Mexican and Latin dishes. And, of course, you’ll have no problem finding only the freshest seafood and sushi in this coastal village.
When your meal is finished, why not stop for a scoop of ice cream or the local custom of shaved ice? With over seven local stops offering frozen deserts of all shapes and sizes, there’s never a bad time to enjoy a sugary treat! And with tropical weather all year round, you’ll never regret a cool treat to end a perfect day in paradise.
No matter how you like to rest and relax, you’ll have no problem finding it in Kihei, far off the beaten paths of Hawaii’s island chains. For a real experience like a local, skip the mainstream stops, and enjoy world-class retreat in this city less traveled. How do you like to break away like a local in Hawaii? Let me know in the comments below!
*Image of sunset in Kihei, Hawaii via Shutterstock