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Taking a stroll on Maui's Wailea Coastal Walk

taking_stroll_Wailea_Coastal_Walk_MauiWhere in Hawaii can a sunrise stroll take you past five white sand beaches, eight world-class resorts and, weather and season permitting, shoreline views of breaching humpback whales, sea turtles and four islands in just a mile and a half?

The answer is the Wailea Coastal Walk along Maui’s famed, sun-kissed south shore resort area.

In HAWAII Magazine’s January/February 2010 issue, we take you to the Valley Isle for a morning walk on the Walk—a free, open-to-the-public path with some of the most beautiful beachfront scenery on the Island. We think it’s worth a trip to the Wailea area even if you’re staying elsewhere on Maui.

Can’t wake up for the sunrise? The Wailea Coastal Walk is also one of the best spots in the Islands to bury your toes in the sand and catch one of Hawaii’s world famous sunsets.

Here’s an excerpt from the feature:

“Wailea Coastal Walk”

Written by John Heckathorn
(excerpted from the January/February 2010 issue of HAWAII Magazine)

One morning, clear and splendid as only a Maui morning can be, I was strolling the Wailea Coastal Walk, when I spotted Sports Illustrated shooting models in bikinis on the beach for their annual Swimsuit Issue. The shoot required a crew of 14. It was, as photo shoots often are, slow, repetitive work, with the models changing swimsuits in a giant, gray pop-up tube.

I can’t promise you swimsuit models—but the real, enduring beauty here is the mile-and-a-half Wailea Coastal Walk itself. The paved path takes you past five crescent-shaped beaches. It offers stunning views of four islands: West Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokini (the small, partially sunken volcanic crater between Maui and Kahoolawe). The waters along the walk teem with sea life. It’s easy to spot honu (sea turtles). In season, this is an ideal spot to see humpback whales.

Best of all, the coastal walk is free and easily accessible to the public.

Wailea Resort was developed in the ‘70s. Unlike Waikiki, which just sort of grew, Wailea had a master plan. That plan included a coastal path running from popular Keawakapu Beach in the north, past eight resorts and condos, to Polo Beach in the south.

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Check out these related HawaiiMagazine.com posts:
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