For golfers,Wailea’s Blue course, designed by Arthur Jack Snyder is a true resort course, featuring tropical foliage, fountains and wide fairways. The Gold course is the most intriguing, requiring strategy and finesse to play well. The Emerald course is women friendly, with a lush style of landscape. At the Southern end is another championshop course, the Makena Golf course. It's difficult layout and unique flavor make it a favorite of many of the island's residents.
The beaches of Wailea (which means 'Joyful Waters') are crescent moon shaped with white sand. At both ends lava outcroppings protect the bay. This makes for sheltered swimmable waters and good snorkeling and scuba.