1. Ho’okipa Beach is a go-to surfing spot on Maui. This beach is located on the North Shore and works best with north, northwest, west, and east swells. It’s also a world-class windsurfing destination. Surfers should be aware that there can be riptides, relentless wave sets, and some sharp rocks and reef to watch out for. We suggest visiting Ho’okipa Beach if you are a more advanced rider.
2. Lahaina ReefsFun reef breaks for riders of all levels make Lahaina a great place to surf on the West Coast of the island. Check out Kammies and Shark Pit at the south end of town, or surf the popular Breakwall up against Lahaina Harbor. The harbor also has a fun peak that comes out of deep water. You’ll definitely see a few resident pro’s surfing here.
3. Honolua BayGet ready to catch the longest ride of your life! Honolua Bay is one of the best surf spots in Hawaii, boasting a powerful, hollow reef break point and a world-class wave. It was even described as “the best wave in the world” by four-time world champion Mark Richards. The bay can get very crowded in the summertime so be sure to respect the locals.
Did you know? Honolua Bay offers incredible Maui snorkeling when the water is calm. Pick up some snorkel gear and explore the waters for tropical fish, turtles, eels, and more.
4. Pe’ahiWith a nickname like “Jaws Beach”, it’s no surprise that Pe’ahi on the North Shore is the most powerful surf spot on Maui. Its fast-moving, massive waves make Jaws strictly for professional surfers only. When conditions allow, pro’s from all over the world get behind a jet ski, let go of the tow rope, and risk their lives to get a taste of the most impressive wave on Earth. Visitors are welcome to stand on the beach and watch the action unfold.
5. Olowalu BeachJust off the Honoapiilani Highway, Olowalu is the easiest spot to access on the island. You can literally go from driving the highway to riding a wave in two minutes. When ocean swells are right, the waves provide consistent fun for intermediate to advanced surfers. However, only a few people can go at the peak at one time. Caution: These waters are known to be some of the sharkiest around.
Part time Maui resident sharing my Kihei condo with guests when I'm staying in my mainland home.