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"With the magnificent Pacific views and elegant Maui condos along the beach, our stay here was magical."
A sunset walk just seems to be the best way to unwind from a busy day and on the magical island of Maui, there’s an endless selection of scenic pathways to choose from. The Kealia Coastal Boardwalk stands out as an especially reflective place where you can oftentimes find yourself alone with just your thoughts and nature.
Hugging the coastline around Ma’alaea Bay at the southern edge of the central valley, this ancient wetland is home to many native birds including Hawaii’s endangered Hawaiian Coot and Hawaiian Stilt. Situated between the west Maui Mountains and Haleakala, Maui’s 10,000’ dormant volcano that dominates most of the island, this 700-acre refuge has been recorded to host as many as 95 species of feathered friends including the Snowy Egret, Osprey, Peregrine and Great Blue Heron.
Hawaiian shorebirds generally breed in Alaska, Canada and Siberia, flying 2,000 miles without stopping, to return to Maui for the winter months.
The recently-constructed, raised boardwalk allows visitors to enjoy the area without impacting the unique natural habitat. Dotted with informational signs, you don’t have to be avid bird-watcher to know what to look for on this self-guided tour.
In a few sections, the boardwalk opens to allow access to the long stretch of nearly deserted beach, perfect for a picnic or whale watching in the winter months. Dolphins can also be spotted from shore. This area is the nesting ground for the Hawksbill turtle from May-December. Like the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle (Honu) seen bobbing their heads just offshore, these Hawksbill turtles should never be approached or cornered.
Plan to visit this natural wonderland on your next Maui vacation and don't forget your camera!
Located on the south side of North Kihei Road (Route 31) between Kihei and Ma'alaea. Open 7:00am - 7:00pm.