Watersports play a starring role on The Valley Isle of Maui, where accessible shorelines, sandy beaches and ideal water and wind conditions yield some of the best places in the world for extreme water activities. Whether you are looking for the perfect wave, the perfect wind gusts or the perfect sandy beach, you are certain to find it on Maui, the watersport destination of champions.
The new, hot sport on Maui, kiteboarding has really taken off at places like Kanaha Beach Park in Kahalui, where consistent winds and excellent water conditions make it the kiteboarding capital of the world. Unless you have your own gear, you must take lessons from a certified instructor in order to rent equipment, due to liability issues regarding this extreme sport.
Teeming with excellent surf spots, Maui offers year-round waves, crystal-blue waters and roadside access to some of the best surfing destinations on the Islands, including Honolua Bay, along with Olowalu near Honapiilani Highway. The monster break known as Jaws produces huge swells several times a year, but this legendary wave is recommended for professional surfers only.
Long-distance swimmers will find plenty of open-water events held throughout the year on Maui, highlighted by the famous Lanai-Maui Channel Swim held every Labor Day Weekend at Kaanapali Beach. Teams and individuals compete in the grueling day-long event that starts on the nearby island of Lanai and ends on the beach at Kaanapali, a 9.5-mile trek.
The windsurfing capital of the world, Maui attracts visitors from around the globe seeking the perfect conditions for this sport that combines sailing with surfing. Among the best spots include Hookipa Beach Park in Paia, along with Kanaha Beach Park and Spreckelsville near Kahului Airport in the heart of Kahului Town.