A surfer contemplates the waves at Honolua Bay on Maui.

Best West Maui Surf Spots

Surfing is more than a hobby in West Maui—it’s a way of life. Here you’ll find the best surf spots in West Maui for visitors from beginners to experts, as well as plentiful recommendations for lessons and where to rent a board.

A surfer shoots the curl on the North Shore.

Best North Shore O‘ahu Surf Spots

From surf spots best suited to kids and novices to waves best left to experienced locals, here are all the best surf spots on O‘ahu’s North Shore, along with how to get there, hazards to watch out for, and the breaks you’ll find.

Waves lap against the sand at Poka‘i Bay in Wai‘anae, Oahu.

O‘ahu Leeward Surf Spots

Much of the surf on the leeward side breaks over sharp and shallow reef, making it best suited for expert surfers. Scaling rocks and reef to enter and exit the water can be a challenge for newcomers, and the locals are quite territorial when it comes to their surf breaks. Still, with the right attitude, there’s definitely a wave to be had on the leeward coast.

Surf school - a group of surfboarding students headed into an ocean swell/

Best Surf Spots in Lahaina

Lahaina and the areas south of Lahaina have small waves breaking during most of the year, but you’ll find summer has the most consistent surf and the best swells. From beginner to expert and every skill level between, here are the area’s best surf spots, the types of waves waiting for you, and rentals if you need them.

A surfer rides a wave at Koki Beach in Hana, Maui.

East Maui Surfing

Surfing in East Maui is reserved for only intermediate and advanced surfers. Here’s where to go for the best surfing in Pa‘ia and Hana, where to rent boards, and schools in the area that cater to more skilled surfers.

A surfer tests his mettle against a large wave at the Eddie Aikau Invitational.

The Eddie Surf Tournament, O‘ahu

Learn about The Eddie, an annual yet elusive one-day event that honors the late North Shore waterman Eddie Aikau and the surfers who dedicate their lives to riding giant waves.

Pacific Whale Foundation has the largest presence for whale-watching in Lahaina.

Whale Watching in West Maui

Whale watching in west Maui is easy: any single vessel that floats is going to be offering whale watching between December 15 and April 15. Since most prices are about the same, the choice ultimately comes down to what sort of vessel best suits your comfort level.

Hulopo‘e Beach on Lana‘i, Hawaii.

Best Surf Spots on Lana‘i

The best surf spots on Lana‘i cater to more experienced surfers for the most part, but that doesn’t mean beginners are out of luck. With one exception, getting to these locations is going to take more than simply parking at the beach, and the trade-off there is that you won’t have the same crowds at the more accessible beach. With all that said, here’s where to go, plus rental shops and lessons.

A 5mph speed limit sign warns of a twisty road ahead on Moloka‘i.

Getting Around Moloka‘i

Getting around Moloka‘i is fairly easy and convenient thanks to the handful of options that cater both to independent drivers and those who like for someone else to take the wheel. Here’s where to go to get you where you want to go.