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The Best Places To Surf On Maui With Surf Reports

Maui has some of the biggest waves in the world and great beginner surf breaks too

Conquer the world’s biggest waves or just Watch all the action. Legendary surf spots like Jaws, Ho’okipa Beach, Honolua Bay offer some of the most challenging surfing in the world. Maui also has more beginner surf breaks than any other Hawaiian Island for those who have not surfed before. As a bonus, we have also added the surf reports for each spot!

Top Maui Surfing

1. Honolua Bay

Surfers flock here when swells come in during winter months from storms providing some of the best surf breaks in the world. It is a right-hand wave that likes a North or NNW swell. Known for sweet barrels and tube rides for your shortboard if you want to get away from the crowds surf the inside section towards the middle of the bay, it’s less crowded and a good longboard spot. A short walk from the beach is a lookout point for terrific views of the bay and all the action. You won’t find any lifeguards here but portable toilets are provided and there is easy parking.

Snorkeling & diving should be avoided when swells come in.

Location: West Maui
Difficulty: Intermediate – Expert

2. Mala Wharf

Mala Wharf is a great surf spot during summertime south swells for longboarding. For experienced surfers only as the inside is very shallow with a fairly exposed reef break. When the surf is up, it can get quite busy in the water.

Beware of urchins, rips, rocks, locals, and sharks.

Location: West Maui
Difficulty: Expert

3. DT Flemmings Beach Park

One of the smaller less crowded surfing spots in West Maui. On North Swells It has another right-hand wave that can be big or have some small barrels at the takeoff. The wave is not the highest quality but there is typically very little crowd so it increases your wave count. You’ll find on-duty lifeguards, picnic tables with barbecue grills, a playground, restrooms, and a parking lot close by.

Winter is the best time of year for surfing here.

Location: West Maui
Difficulty: Intermediate

4. Lahaina Breakwall

great spot to learn to surf although waves can be big during the summer months and being a touristy surf spot it can get crowded. Located on the south side of the Lahaina Harbor’s boating channel off Front Street. Being in town, you can rent a board from one of the local surf shops and there are lots of restaurants and shopping. Often you will see groups from the local surf schools conducting their lessons on the inside right. Breakwall is a left and right mellow wave, the outer wave is a larger left that will peel for quite some distance during a good swell.

Beware of the sharp reef and watch for boats coming in and out of the harbor.

Location: West Maui
Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate – Expert

5. Puamana Beach Park

Puamana is a narrow detrital sand beach, located just south of downtown Lahaina. The beach has a shallow nearshore ocean bottom that extends all the way out to the edge of the reef. Because of that, the swimming conditions are poor. The beach is mainly used by fishermen and surfers, mainly beginners and longboarders since the waves are usually not too big and easy to catch.

Beware of Urchins and Rocks.

Location: West Maui
Difficulty: Beginner

6. Launiupoko Beach Park

Has lots of surf breaks to choose from for beginners to advanced surfers. The waves are usually nice and clean. It’s a well-known spot for longboarding, stand-up paddling, and beginning surf lessons. Located South of Lahaina, a mile South of Puamana Beach Park with great views of the island of Lana’i. It’s a popular beach with locals on weekends and holidays, so it can be crowded. Although there is no lifeguard, you’ll find a large grassy lawn with picnic tables, barbecues, showers, restrooms, and lots of shade from the sun. Parking is available but limited at times.

Lots of surf breaks to choose from.

Location: West Maui
Difficulty: Beginner

7. Peahi (Jaws)

“Jaws” is certainly the most well known, and also the most geographically specific name for this surf break. The biggest wave surfed in the world each year has been at Pe’ahi more than any other place. Most years there are just a few big-wave events with the perfect conditions for surfing Jaws. So, you’re going to need some luck with timing before you add this to your must-do list for your Maui vacation.This is truly a top Maui surfing spot.

A tip and a word of caution. You’ll need a 4wd vehicle to access the area, and swimming conditions aren’t great because it’s shallow and rocky.

Location: North Maui
Difficulty: Expert

8. Ma’alaea

Locals Flock to Ma’alaea when a robust south swell hits Maui, surfers from far and near head to the legendary Ma’alaea Pipeline wave to have a chance to experience the tubular perfection of one of the world’s fastest rideable waves. Many beginners learn to surf at Ma’alaea’s Buzz’s Wharf surf break as well.

Watch for rocks and boats.

Location: South Maui
Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate – Expert

9. Ho’okipa

Ho’okipa is famous for the windsurfing world and a favorite for experienced board surfers. There are professional windsurfing competitions held here, and on just about any day with wind, you can watch the pros. You’d better be skilled enough for the conditions if you’re considering surfing here when the surf is big.

Watch for urchins, rips, rocks, locals, and sharks.

Location: North Maui
Difficulty: Intermediate – Expert

10. The Cove

Located on Maui’s south shore in Kalama Beach Park, this is a perfect beach for a first-time surfer with consistent small waves most of the year. Often crowded but a great spot for the whole family with a basketball and tennis courts, an inline skating rink, a 20,000-foot skateboard park, a baseball and soccer field, and picnic tables, twelve pavilions, restrooms, and showers. Often times there are Sports events, outdoor concerts, and festivals. The swimming conditions aren’t great because the nearshore ocean bottom is shallow and rocky and the water is usually murky due to seaweed so this beach park is best for land-based activities.

surfboard rentals and lessons are available across the street at Surf Shack and Maui Wave Riders.

Location: South Maui
Difficulty: Beginner

11. Kaanapali Beach

The beach is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful in the world and probably one of the most underrated surf spots on the island. It’s actually a top place to learn to surf. It has consistent waves and few rocks. The gentle waves break left and usually make for fun, short rides. It’s a good spot to practice standing up. Surfing here is going to be filled with surf school’s teaching and you can really score some great waves with others learning. The surf break is conveniently located within walking distance from all the major resorts in Kaanapali and also the popular shopping complex. There are public showers, and restrooms, and Kaanapali Beach also has oceanfront dining and reserved cabanas for friends and family to watch nearby. There is also another break south of Kaanpali point (200meters) called racetracks which if there is little surf at Kaanpali point, it will always have a wave due to it being shallower. Great spot for shortboarding and getting awesome barrels on bigger south swells.

One of the most beautiful beaches on Maui.

Location: West Maui
Difficulty: Beginner

12. Puamana Beach Park

Located south of Lahaina right past mile marker 19. Rides tend to be short and the waves break all at once instead of right to left or left to right. A good spot to practice standing up on the wave. You’ll find picnic tables, showers, portable toilets, parking, and wild chickens running around.

The beach consists of rocks rather than sand making it not ideal for sunbathing.

Location: West Maui
Difficulty: Beginner

13. Grandma’s

Located on the West side, in Papalaua Park, along the Honoapiíilani Highway, Route 30 to Lahaina. It’s the first beach you come to after passing through the tunnel. Grandma’s is the only surf break in Maui with an adjacent campground and a lot of people live in their cars and hang out in this area. around. Grandma’s is characterized by gentle, waves that break left and right over the reef with a short paddle out. However, on a small swell, the surfing area can at times be quite small. With the right swell, there are waves that stretch about half a mile, all the way towards Thousand Peaks, allowing surfers to spread out. The beach can get crowded on the weekends so go midweek and enjoy no crowd at all. You’ll find portable toilets here.

Visit Leoda’s Pie shop while you’re there.

Location: West Maui
Difficulty: Beginner

14. Paia Bay

A popular hangout, especially on the weekend. Rarely surfable in the summer months. When waves are small, Paia Bay offers a sandy beach to paddle out from and several spots to surf, good as a beginner surf break in the winter, when Ho’okipa is just a little bit too big. The waves here can be deceiving, sometimes looking big but then losing power right before they break. A good area to surf is just slightly to the east side of the beach where there isn’t much to worry about in the way of rocks or reef. Although the water can be murky the view of Nakalele Point, the northernmost tip of the island is beautiful. You’ll find a grassy area with picnic tables, showers, restrooms, basketball courts, skateboard park, and parking.

Winter is the best time of year for surfing here.

Location: North Maui
Difficulty: Beginner

14. Thousand Peaks

Located at mile marker 12 at Ukumehame Beach Park off Honoapiilani Highway. Its name refers to a stretch of surf breaks with numerous peaks and waves breaking all over, both right and left. The best part about this break is that there are so many peaks but It’s good to paddle out with a more experienced surfer if the waves have any size to them, it’s is a long paddle out and getting caught inside the spot where waves are breaking is common. Breathtaking views of the usually foggy West Maui Mountains and the contrast of desert and jungle. You’ll find portable toilets, barbecues, and parking.

Hawaiian Paddle Sports teaches private surf lessons here.

Location: West Maui
Difficulty: Beginner

15. Guardrails

Guardrails is an unmarked stretch of Honoapiilani Highway about 5 minutes south of Lahaina between mile markers 18 and 19. It refers to the breaking waves along the guardrail of the road, just past Launiupoko. Guardrails is a quiet getaway with friendly surfers if any. Generally not crowded but frequented by longboarders and stand up paddleboarders. During low tide, sharp coral and rocks are exposed, and during high tide, the timing of getting out becomes difficult as waves slam down on these rocks. Best to go with an experienced surfer the first few times since there are areas to get in and out of the water. There are no facilities and parking is along the highway.

Best to go with an experienced surfer.

Location: West Maui
Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate

16. Olowalu

Located in West Maui, it’s the perfect place to learn how to surf because the Summer waves rarely get too large due to islands blocking from Lanai, Molokai and the Big Island. The surf-able waves at Olowalu are medium in length, and there are both fun rights and lefts. The paddle out is pretty easy and a longboard is good for surfing West Maui breaks during the Summer season. Olowalu has very sharp coral on the ocean floor so watch your feet.

Zack Howard Surf School offers private or group surf lessons here.

Location: West Maui
Difficulty: Beginner – Intermediate

There is a surf spot for each skill level of surfer. Whether you are a beginner, or an expert, Maui is a perfect place for some fun in the sun! That being said, remember to check out the surf report before leaving for your adventure. I have seen some beaches that are typically calm become crazy, and vice versa!

When you’re not surfing, check out these other cool things to do in Maui. Here are the must-do activities when you’re on the island, and the top activities for couples!

Honolua Bay

Surfers flock here when swells come in during winter months from storms providing some of the best surf breaks in the world.

Mala Wharf

Mala Wharf is a great surf spot during summertime south swells for longboarding.

DT Flemmings Beach Park

One of the smaller less crowded surfing spots in West Maui.

Lahaina Breakwall

Great spot to learn to surf although waves can be big during the summer months and being a touristy surf spot it can get crowded.

Puamana Beach Park

Puamana is a narrow detrital sand beach, located just south of downtown Lahaina.

Launiupoko Beach Park

Has lots of surf breaks to choose from for beginners to advanced surfers.

Peahi (Jaws)

“Jaws” is certainly the most well known, and also the most geographically specific name for this surf break.

Ma’alaea

Locals Flock to Ma’alaea when a robust south swell hits Maui, surfers from far and near head to the legendary Ma’alaea Pipeline wave to have a chance to experience the tubular perfection of one of the world’s fastest rideable waves.

Ho’okipa

Ho’okipa is famous for the windsurfing world and a favorite for experienced board surfers.

The Cove

Located on Maui’s south shore in Kalama Beach Park, this is a perfect beach for a first-time surfer with consistent small waves most of the year.

Kaanapali Beach

The beach is consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful in the world and probably one of the most underrated surf spots on the island. It’s actually a top place to learn to surf.

Puamana Beach Park

A good spot to practice standing up on the wave.

Grandma’s

Grandma’s is the only surf break in Maui with an adjacent campground and a lot of people live in their cars and hang out in this area.

Paia Bay

A popular hangout, especially on the weekend. Rarely surfable in the summer months.

Thousand Peaks

Its name refers to a stretch of surf breaks with numerous peaks and waves breaking all over, both right and left.

Guardrails

Guardrails is a quiet getaway with friendly surfers if any. Generally not crowded but frequented by longboarders and stand up paddleboarders.

Olowalu

The perfect place to learn how to surf because the Summer waves rarely get too large due to islands blocking from Lanai, Molokai and the Big Island.