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With millions of wave-riding visitors, Maui is known as a surfer's paradise.

Learning to surf on Maui is a must do. With its gentle breaks and plethora of surf schools, our island is built for learning to surf. Both the South and West side of Maui have numerous breaks made for long boarding.

The gradual slope of the ocean contour at these spots make for a gently breaking wave perfect for getting you up and going. Most of our surf schools on  hMaui guarantee you'll stand up the first time you take a lesson. Many will also rent you a board if you want to try surfing by yourself.

For those of you with experience, there are many good spots on Maui. Jaws on the north shore is pictured right. Some are more dangerous than others. These surf spots can look deceptively harmless and mushy. Know where you're going before you go out.

All of our condos offer easy access to many surf spots but our South Shore condos are closest to the North Shore and the big waves and Kihei beaches offer some great learning options.

The North Shore of Maui is where you'll find thbiggest and most consistenwaves.Hookipa is a great surf spot when winds are favorable with 3-4 main breaks. This Maui surf spot is for experienced surfers only. The current can be strong and there are only 2 entrances to the surf. The reef in front of most of the spots is exposed which makes it difficult to get to shore when the currents are blazing. The entrances are at either end of the beach and narrow. The waves here are good but crowded.

Another popular spot to surf is Honolua Bay. This is one of the best waves on the island though extremely fickle. Usually only breaking a handful of times in the winter, Honolua Bay can offer a really long barreling right hand wave. Again, only for advanced surfers, Honolua surf can be treacherous. The Cave is a section of the wave, which is notorious for sucking surfers under and keeping them there. Keiki Bowls, on the inside, is super shallow and fast. This is a fun part of the wave, but you don't want to fall here. Just kicking out can leave your knuckles scraped when paddling. There are dozens of other reef breaks around the island. The few beach breaks available are usually not very good in comparison.

If you want more local knowledge, ask the guys that help you with Maui surfboard rentals. They'll make sure you get out in the best spots in the safest ways.

Resorts closest to Surfing

Maui Kamaole

Two blocks from Wailea on Maui's sunny south shore; directly across from Kamaole III beach park & the Kihei boat ramp; Maui Kamaole offers 1 bedroom 2 bath, 2 bedroom townhouses & 1 bedroom + den ocean and garden view condos.

Maui Vista

Sitting across from one of the best beaches on Maui, enjoy pools, tennis courts, great grounds and gorgeous ocean views.

Maui Sunset

Located near Sugar Beach, the beauty & location (about as central as you can get to enjoy all the activities Maui has to offer) of Maui Sunset is hard to resist. 225 apartments with ocean views.

Nani Kai Hale

Beachfront mid-rise w amazing ocean views. Central location on Sugar Beach in Kihei

The Palms at Wailea

he lush tropical grounds of the Palms of Wailea welcome you to the large, private grounds close to Keawakapu Beach

Wailea Ekahi Village

Tucked along Keawakapu Beach, Ekahi Village is the perfect destination for a special Hawaiian vacation in an ocean front setting that truly feels like paradise. Great Wailea beach front values.

Kamaole One

Located on spectacular Charlie Young Beach (Kam 1) offering affordable luxury ocean front.

Kamaole Sands

The very popular Kamaole Sands offers 440 individually owned units in 10, four-story buildings on 15 acres of lush, tropical, Maui in a resort like setting across from Kamaole III beach park in South Maui.

Makena Surf

The lovely grounds of Makena Surf offer a putting green, 2 pools, tennis and access to 2 beaches.

Ma'alaea Kai

Immaculately maintained Resort overlooking scenic Maalaea Bay; a short walk to Maalaea Marina, Built in 1974 with 79 units, on 2.28 acres, Maalaea Kai is the largest residential property in Maalaea Village. A great central location to access all parts of the island for your Maui holiday!

Kihei Surfside

Located adjacent to the north end of sandy Keawakapu Beach in sunny, south Maui, Kihei Surfside Resort is a 6-story building with 83 apartments each with fabulous ocean views.

Kihei Akahi

Amazing ocean views, 2 pools, across from Kamaole II Beach Park. A perfect family setting

Haleakala Shores

Affordable condos with covered parking, this 4-story development is located across the street from Kamaole III Beach Park - a very popular park with a grassy area for kite flying, a small play ground, and wonderful, protected sandy beach.


Located in the center of Wailea and easy walk or free shuttle (for some residences) from all the resources of the beach front Grand Wailea Resort.

Kihei Kai Nani

Affordable Condos Across from Kamaole II Beach. Relax by the pool steps from shopping.

Wailea Beach Villas

The Ocean front pool is steps from gorgeous Wailea Beach and the first class exercise facility.

Ma'alaea Banyans

One of island's best condominium values, the serenity of Maui's south coast can be found at the beach front Maalaea Banyans Resort located near Maalaea Harbor overlooking scenic Maalaea Bay.

Polo Beach Club

Ocean front living in the heart of the luxury setting of Wailea & Makena. The 8-story Polo Beach Club boasts 71 oceanfront 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominiums all with spectacular ocean views on 2.3 acres.

Hale Kamaole

Located on nearly 8 acres just a few blocks north of Wailea, on Maui's sunny south shore, Hale Kamaole is directly across from Kamaole III beach park in a quiet part of south Kihei.

Wailea Ekolu Village

These affordable luxury vacation properties offer sweeping ocean views & great values in the heart of Wailea near beaches & shopping.

Other things to do on Maui

Whale Watching on Maui
Humpback whales migrate to the warm shallow waters near Maui each winter from November to May with peak season running January to March. The area between West Maui and the nearby island of Lanai is the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. It is possible to see whales breaching and tail slapping from shore (I've seen breaches from both Wailea's Ekahi Village and the Gold Golf Course) but the most exciting and interesting whale watching happens on the water.

Snorkeling on Maui
You can snorkel off most any beach on Maui!!!
Snorkeling is a great way to experience the amazing variety and colors of tropical fish, sea anemones and coral just below the surface of the water. If you are lucky, you may even see a sea turtle or two. There are places all over the island where you can rent or buy a mask and snorkel. Fins aren't necessary, but some folks like them as they make it easier to move around. In addition, a small kick board can be useful; as this will allow you to float without a lot of effort.

Shopping on Maui
Staying in a condo means you have a kitchen and full resources to eat at home. Great for the best sunset views or a quick lunch for the kids, etc.

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