Surfing in Maui Hawaii
If there’s one thing that you’re going to want to try while you’re on a Hawaii vacation, it’s Maui surfing. There are many gorgeous beaches and parks that are close to virtually any hotel or resort that are perfect for this and other water activities. Whether you’re experienced or not, there are also many businesses located near the beaches, where you can hire an instructor to give you the basics, or to learn a string of new techniques.
Keep in mind that even at the best locations, you need to keep on top of the currents and the offshore winds, as they can be calm for part of the day, but may become quite powerful later on, especially if there is a storm offshore or one that is approaching the island. Make sure to keep your Maui surfing experience a safe one by taking the appropriate precautions.
The following are considered to be some of the best Maui surfing beaches:
- Ka’anapali’s Black Rock beach is located on the section at the north end of Ka’anapali Beach. It is quite near to shopping hotels, and restaurants, and can be accessed by a walkway, making it convenient whether you’re staying in the area or visiting from a different region of the island. There is minimal parking near the beach – which is typical in Hawaii – but there is some available. Keep in mind that there can be very strong currents off the black rock, so you will need to monitor the area well to avoid danger.
- D.T. Fleming Beach Park in Kapalua is another favorite for both Maui surfing with or without a board. Unlike Black Rock, this beach offers a number of amenities, such as restrooms, barbecue grills, a phone, and picnic tables.
- Mai Poina ‘Oe Ia’u Beach Park in Kehei has excellent windsurfing off its south end, as well as swimming and sunbathing along the rest of its length. When the wind is high enough, the beach’s north end will provide you with a great place to enjoy the sport without the crowds. This location’s amenities include restrooms and showers at the south end, as well as a picnic area.
- Kanaha Beach Park in Kahului is near the largest city on the island, and is perfect for swimming and windsurfing offshore. It has a number of different amenities, such as restrooms and showers, volleyball courts (though balls and nets are not provided), a picnic area, and barbecue grills.