Maui is a melting pot of green carpeted volcanic mountains, renowned beaches, and leafy rainforests. Also known as the Valley of Isle, Maui is home to some of Hawaii’s most action-packed adventures. The island has 120 miles of coast with 30 miles of pristine beaches perfect for water sports like surfing, SUP and snorkeling. Cycling in Maui is also world-class – it has one of the longest downhill mountain bike trails in the world that starts at 10,000 ft elevation. Whether you paddle out to see Maui’s sea life up close or shred the Haleakala singletrack, Maui has something to surprise you.
With more than 30 miles of beaches, Maui is a premier destination for water activities. The uncrowded town of Kihei on Maui’s south shore features 6 miles of pristine beaches perfect for activities like SUP, snorkeling, and surfing. Explore the rich marine life of Maui – see sea turtles and colorful schools of fish. For beginners, Kihei’s cove with its shallow waters and consistent waves are great for stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. The Lauiniopoko Beach is a great place for more advanced SUP and kayak activities – with crystal clear waters, it’s easy to see the fish, corals, and turtles underneath the water. Molokini is well known for diving and snorkeling. Maui’s waters are prized for their clarity and abundance of turtles, manta rays, dolphins, and whales.
The island isn’t quite as renowned for surfing as some of the other islands, but it still has some good breaks. Kalama Beach Park in Kihei has a great beginners break called The Cove, which makes it a fantastic place to learn to surf. Some other good beginner surfing spots in Maui are in the gentle waters of Ho’okipa Beach
Maui is definitely famous for its water sports, but it’s also a great place to bike. Maui biking boasts a total of 21 trails spanning over 30 miles, with options for beginner through expert.
When is the ideal time to visit Maui? The spring from April to May and fall from September through November are great times both for ideal weather and fewer crowds. The busiest seasons are summer and winter.
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