"Two weeks in Maui and I barley scratched the surface - there is so much to do here! This is one seriously windy place. I'm definitely going back next year :)"
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Maui is one of the best all round sport destinations on the Planet with awesome wind, awesome waves, and an awesome trip and tours. This is a great destination for all levels of windsurfer, not just advanced for which it is best known. There are several different windsurf spots from flat water training areas to the famous waves spot of Hookipa, all within a very short drive of each other. Maui is a great all round destination attracting all types of sports enthusiasts from around the world. Besides world class water sports (windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP, surfing and diving) Maui is fast becoming one of the world best cycling regions both on and off road. Other attractions include winter whale watching, trekking, golf, horse riding… the list goes on. One of the most stunning features of this island is its diverse topography from Maui’s stunning beaches to lush waterfall laced forests, mountainous regions and open scrublands. We highly recommend including some time during a holiday to Maui to explore some of the other islands of Hawaii which all have something unique and special to offer. Planet Travel specialise in tailor made tours so please ask for advice on a tailored itinerary when calling. A Maui windsurf holiday is best suited to couples or families with older children; this would also make for a perfect honeymoon destination.
- Ho’okipa beach, where the best windsurfers of the world meets the rocks and the terrifying rips, an overcrowded spot where an advanced level is essential. - Spreckelsville beach is the best spot for jumping, improve your skills and practice new tricks; easy going waves without rocks to be worrying about. - Kanaha beach; the biggest spot in Maui, it offers a wide variety conditions; beginners take their lessons next to the shore, and upper level windsurfers venture into open sea to enjoy of freestyle, riding and blasting. Kanaha have something for everyone.
All these venues are “starboard tack” (the wind blows from the right, like in the south of the U.K.); there are consistent trade winds all year round and warm waters that will allow you to sail in shorts, so you don’t need to bring your wetsuit. It’s important to know that it’s forbidden to windsurf before 11:00 a.m. in the whole island, because early hours of the day are reserved for the swimmers, divers and windsurf beginners (who will take their lessons between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.) The Lifeguards are tru experts about the sailing conditions of each spot, so it will be a good idea to ask them for advice before launching, they will be monitoring the beaches from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There’s also a wide range of activities that non-windsurfers can enjoy, Kitesurfing, SUP, SUP Yoga, snorkeling, hiking, helicopter tours, horseback riding, canoe, golf, driving scenic island roads…There are also a lot of family-friendly places; like charming Baby Beach in the north shore; and all kind of restaurants and shops. And if you want to be amazed by the rest of the Hawaiian Islands you only have to take one short flight and let your mind fly.