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10 Best Surf Spots In Maui, Hawaii, USA - Updated 2020

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Blessed by exquisite beaches, spellbinding scenery, a tranquil climate, and great surfing spots, Maui is one of the most popular islands in Hawaii. It’s the second biggest island you can find on the Hawaiian archipelago. A sprawling 120-mile (193.12-kilometer) shoreline adorns its border, while a mountainous landscape enhances the natural beauty of the island. Haleakala National Park, Maui Ocean Center, Waianapanapa State Park, Wailea, and Lahaina and Kaanapali Beach are some of the top attractions in Maui that greet several tourists throughout the world every year. And it makes Maui the most visited Hawaii island after Oahu. The fun of surfing on the twisting waves at the beaches in Maui is something which you simply can’t afford to miss when vacationing here. So, finding outstanding surf spots in this fascinating Hawaiian island must be at the top of your list when planning holidays in Maui. Read on to find and learn about 10 best surf spots in Maui.

1. Lahaina Reefs

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Are you an expert surfer? If yes, you should not miss exploring Pe’ahi when holidaying in Maui. Situated on the North Shore, Pe’ahi is a powerful surf spot in the beautiful paradise of Hawaii. It’s also well-known as Jaws Beach. Its massive and fast-moving waves and great swells are strictly for professional surfers. Strong currents, gigantic waves, sharp rocks, and shallow reefs are challenges which only professional riders can handle. In favorable conditions, professional surfers coming from different corners of the world experience the thrill of surfing on the most spellbinding waves of the earth.

Lahaina Reefs

Address: Lahaina Reefs, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

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2. Pe’ahi

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Are you an expert surfer? If yes, you should not miss exploring Pe’ahi when holidaying in Maui. Situated on the North Shore, Pe’ahi is a powerful surf spot in the beautiful paradise of Hawaii. It’s also well-known as Jaws Beach. Its massive and fast-moving waves and great swells are strictly for professional surfers. Strong currents, gigantic waves, sharp rocks, and shallow reefs are challenges which only professional riders can handle. In favorable conditions, professional surfers coming from different corners of the world experience the thrill of surfing on the most spellbinding waves of the earth.

Pe’ahi or Jaws

Address: Pe’ahi or Jaws, Haiku-Pauwela, HI 96708, USA

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3. The Cove

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If you are a beginner and looking for a friendly and safe surf spot to enjoy surfing on the magical waves, The Cove in Kihei is the best for you. You can find it in Kihei on the south coast of Maui. It’s crowded most often and offers you small but consistent waves which break both left and right in the shallow water. Beginners can learn surfing lessons and try their skills on these amiable, safe waves here.

The Cove

Address: The Cove, 2126 Iliili Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, USA

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4. Honolua Bay

Honolua Bay Maui
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Catch the longest surf ride of your life at Honolua Bay. On the West Coast of Maui, explore Honolua Bay which boasts the fame of being one of the best surf spots in Hawaii. It’s a hollow, dominant reef break responsible for breath-taking west, north, and northwest swells. Surfers may find getting in and exiting the surf quite challenging here at times. You may get some best snorkeling experiences at the bay on flat days.

Honolua Bay

Address: Honolua Bay, Hawaii 96761, USA

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5. Launiupoko

Launiupoko Beach Park Lahaina
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Are you looking for enjoying the fun of surfing with your family when vacationing in Maui? If so, you should try riding on the waves at Launiupoko. Located in West Maui and about 10 minutes from the south of Lahaina, you can find this beginner surf break. Launiupoko is an ideal surf spot for longboarders, beginner surfers, local families, and stand up paddleboarders. Waves here are long, rolling, and slow breaking both right and left, thereby, making Launiupoko best suitable for learning how to surf on water. You may find the beach here crowded, particularly on the weekends. People also find it enjoyable to surf here at sunset.

Launiupoko

Address: Launiupoko, Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

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6. Kaanapali Beach

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Don’t miss the mesmerizing surfing experience at scenic Kaanapali Beach during your excursion in Maui. You can find it outside Kaanapali Alii on the West Coast of Maui. It’s not just an awe-inspiring beach but it is also one of the best surf spots in Maui to learn and practice surfing. It offers consistent, gentle waves which break left, thereby enabling beginners to enjoy short fun rides. Also, this pleasant beach is an ideal spot to practice standing up. You can also find Kaanapali Surf Club in the vicinity.

Kaanapali Beach

Address: Kaanapali Beach, Kaanapali, HI 96761, USA

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7. Paia Bay

Paia Bay - panoramio
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If you are a beginner at surfing and are visiting Maui in the winter to try your riding skills on the fascinating waters, Paia Bay can be the best surf destination for you. Beginners can try their surfing skill here in the winter. It breaks waves right and left. If you are looking for a good spot to surf, choose to ride on the waves on the east side of this beach.

Paia Bay

Address: Paia, HI 96779, USA

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8. Thousand Peaks

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Ride on the waves amid seemingly endless peaks at incredible Thousand Peaks, one of the splendid surf spots in Maui. You can find it at mile marker 12 off Honoapiilani Highway at Ukumehame Beach Park. This jaw-dropping stretch of surf break features a plethora of peaks which gave it the name ‘Thousand Peaks. Waves here break right and left. The best part of surfing here is that, as there are numerous peaks, you can find one all for you. If you are a beginner, it’s advisable to paddle out with an experienced surfer if the waves rise to any size.

Thousand Peaks

Address: Thousand Peaks, at 12th mile marker, 615 Honoapiilani Hwy, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA

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9. Olowalu

Olowalu View toward West Maui Mountains
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The easiest spot to access Maui is Olowalu, which is just off the scenic Honoapiilani Highway. You can reach the beach for surfing in a two-minute drive via the highway. Here, the ocean swells are often right. Water waves offer consistent fun for surfers. Olowalu is known for being a surf break for beginners and intermediate riders. Summer is the best time to learn surfing here for amateurs. One of the best aspects about surfing here on Maui’s West Coast is that the water is quite clean and visibility is really good.

Olowalu

Address: Olowalu, Hawaii 96761, USA

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10. Ho’okipa Beach

Ho'okipa Beach Surfing Maui
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Adorning the North Shore of Maui, Ho'okipa Beach is a great surfing spot which you should not miss exploring. It works best on west, north, east, and northwest swells. Besides this, Ho'okipa Beach is also known for being an outstanding windsurfing spot. Surfers should be careful and watch out for sharp rocks, riptides, and relentless waves. So, this exquisite beach is best suited for advanced and professional surfers.

Ho’okipa Beach

Address: Ho'okipa Beach, Hawaii 96708, USA

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Enjoy the thrill of surfing on the swells

Surfer Maui.
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All these 10 marvelous surfing destinations are best to experience the thrill of surfing. So, make sure you try your surfing skills at most of these spots that match your riding level during your holidays to Maui. Just get your surfboard and head out to ride on the swells of these surf spots in Maui. Have a thrilling water sports experience to treasure for a lifetime.

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Manjiri Kochrekar is a travel blogger from India. She loves exploring and learning various destinations, their history, culture, and peculiarities. Writing is her passion, which means she enjoys...Read more

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