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.

A sea turtle swims off Olowalu, Maui.

Dive Sites and Operators in Lahaina, Maui

The best dive sites in Lahaina are an artificial reef and an old whaling wreck, but there are plenty of other great spots for both novice and experienced divers. Here’s where to go, along with the handful of dive boats that operate out of the area and what they offer.

O‘ahu’s leeward coast is a snorkeler’s dream come true.

Leeward O‘ahu Snorkeling and Diving

When the surf is flat and the ocean is calm, O‘ahu’s leeward coast is a underwater dream come true: anywhere you can get into the water is a good snorkel spot, and divers enjoy countless reefs, wrecks, and rock formations to explore. Hit up a rental shop or outfitter and jump in!

A speckled tropical fish in the reef at Honolua Bay.

Scuba Diving in West Maui

Scuba diving in West Maui involves one of two options: Departing from a west side harbor for an excursion to Lana‘i or diving along the West Maui shoreline. Here are dive sites and dive operators for both.

If you’re staying in Wailea, there are stand-up operators along Wailea Beach.

Stand-up Paddling in South Maui

For stand-up paddling in South Maui, there are plenty of instructors and outfitters ready to show you the ropes. Kihei is one of the best spots on the island hands-down, and you’ll find other good stand-up paddling around Wailea and beyond. Here’s where to go for lessons, rentals, and more.

The Kohala Coast from a stand-up paddleboard.

Water Sports in Kohala on the Big Island

Activity fees and rentals for water sports in Kohala tend to be higher when purchased through hotels; you’d be better off to go directly to the source to get a better price. With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about locales and outfitters to plan a day in the water.

A paddleboarder sets off from Lahaina.

Stand-Up Paddling in West Maui

Stand-up paddling in West Maui ranges from perfectly laid-back to vastly more challenging, depending on the area. Either way, there’s plenty of opportunity to get in the water, and there are a decent number of rental shops for gear and a few schools for lessons and guided excursions.

Leleiwi Beach Park is one of the top spots for snorkeling and diving.

Hilo Water Sports on the Big Island

Although all water sports are possible in Hilo, it’s more difficult to rent equipment on this side of the island. Here are all the best locales for Hilo’s various sports, from kayaking to diving to surfing and more, along with the best outfitters to try for equipment if you don’t have your own.

A kayak launches in the water in Makena Landing.

South Maui Kayaking and Canoe Paddling Tours

There’s a lot to take into consideration when choosing a kayaking or paddling tour: the best areas, local weather patterns, outfitters, tour length, and more. Our expert authors are here with everything you need to know to pick the best tour for you, including this key tip: don’t let the food be a deciding factor.