Makena Beach, Maui, Hawaii.

Best Beaches of Wailea and Makena

Whether you’re looking for a quiet, secluded beach, a great spot to get into the water for your sport of choice, or simply some sun and sand, the beaches of Wailea and Makena deliver. Here’s where to go, including beach overviews, amenities and directions.

A kitesurfer at Kanaha Beach Park in Central Maui.

Best Beaches in Central Maui

The undeveloped beaches of Central Maui are defined by wind, waves, and water sports. You won’t find any tiki bars or activities stands, but there are long stretches of undeveloped beaches where the world’s best watermen hang out.

A woman sits cross-legged on the beach with her surfboard.

Surfing Lessons and Rentals in South Maui

In South Maui, you’ll find plenty of outfitters and instructors ready to give you a lesson or set you up with some gear based on your level of skill. Since choosing which school or outfitter to go with is more of a challenge, here’s all the info you need to make it easy.

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.

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.

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.

Windsurfing Maui on a beautiful sunny day.

Kitesurfing and Windsurfing Lessons in Central Maui

Since Maui can offer some of the most exhilarating, yet challenging, conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing, those who want to pick up the sports can save themselves hours of frustration by taking lessons from a pro. Here are schools in the area, the packages they offer, and rental shops for gear.

Surf boards in red and white on a Maui beach in Hawaii.

Best Surf Spots in South Maui

It’s the southwest swells of summer that bring the best waves to South Maui, but large northwest winter swells can also wrap into select areas to provide the occasional out of season surf. Here’s where to go for beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers.

Mist above waterfall on the Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii.

Discover East Maui

East Maui is more than just a destination—it’s a completely different mind-set. Lush, tropical, and laden in waterfalls, learn about the area’s casual pace, the famous Road to Hana, and Pa‘ia, Maui’s token hippie outpost.