Surfing is a great pastime, but it’s important that you pick spots that match your skill level so that you can stay safe. If you’re looking to do some surfing in Maui, check out our guide to seven of the spots throughout the island to make sure you’re picking a beach you can handle. Some of these are also great beginner spots ideal for Maui surf lessons.
1. Honolua Bay
With a powerful, hollow reef break point and a wave that has been described as world class, Honolua Bay is a must-see destination for any surfers visiting Maui. A wave like this would have a “double black diamond” rating, so it is best suited for spectating for most visitors. During the summer when the waters are calm, it’s also a great place to do some snorkeling to see tropical fish, sea turtles, and more.
2. Olowalu Beach
Conveniently located just minutes off the highway, you’ll be surfing in no time if you choose Olowalu Beach as your destination. The ocean swells can provide action surfing for intermediate to experienced surfers, with consistent waves that make for a great day out on the water.
3. The Cove
If you’re just starting to learn your stuff, The Cove is a great beginner surf spot in all of Maui. The waves here are calm and manageable for a boarder who is still refining their technique. Once you’ve practiced at The Cove for a while, you’ll feel confident and ready to take on bigger waves at other spots throughout the area.
Some of the most impressive waves on the globe can be found at Pe’ahi, making it a great surf spot if you’ve got some elite skill under your belt already. Beginners are still able to enjoy the sights of the beach and watch the pros out on the waves, letting you observe what big wave riding is all about.
Those who are just looking for a chill spot to enjoy some beautiful scenery and catch some relaxing waves can’t do much better than hitting up Guardrails. Longboarders and paddle boarders will also love the waves here, making it perfect no matter what your style is.
6. Thousand Peaks
Named for the plentiful waves that can be found at this stretch of beach, Thousand Peaks is another great spot for beginner surfers. It offers a variety of choices while in the water, but make sure you spend some time studying the line up before you paddle out so that you can ensure you’re getting the best waves for your skill level.
7. Lahaina Harbor
There are a variety of reef breaks to be found at this stretch of beach along the west coast of the island, making it a great spot to go for surfers of varying skill levels. Watch the local pros hit the fun peak that swells up out of the deep water here, then try to hit some of the waves yourself.
Looking to get into surfing but want to get a few pointers from an experienced boarder? Check out lessons from Rivers to the Sea and start getting the experience you need today!
Photo by Martin Caprile