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Le­gends about surf­ing are found in the ear­li­est sto­ries of an­cient Hawai‘i. In about A.D. 400, a form of belly board­ing on small wooden planks was in­tro­duced to the Is­lands. Later, Tahi­tian ex­plor­ers brought their tra­di­tion of rid­ing waves with ca­noes. The in­ge­nious Hawai­ians merged the two tech­niques to cre­ate the sport of surf­ing. To­day, the fas­ci­na­tion with this

“sport of kings” is as alive as ever, and Maui, with its ar­ray of beaches, clear wa­ters and year-round surf, at­tracts an end­less stream of surfers.

Ho‘okipa BeacH park (known as a choice wind­surf­ing spot), pa‘ia Bay and Hamoa BeacH in Hana all of­fer world-class surf­ing, while Honolua

Bay of­fers spec­ta­tors a spec­tac­u­lar van­tage point of the breaks from the cliff above the wa­ter.

Maui also plays host to Jaws, home to some of the big­gest ride­able waves mother ocean has to of­fer. Lo­cal surfers also call Jaws by the na­tive name of the bay where it is lo­cated— pe‘aHi. Big waves at Jaws are hard to pre­dict and should be at­tempted only by world-class surfers.

Learn­ing how to surf is a re­ward­ing ad­ven­ture. There are

lessons, camps and clin­ics for those who want to give it a try. Stu­dents gen­er­ally be­gin their train­ing rid­ing soft long boards and are in­tro­duced to the nec­es­sary surf­ing fun­da­men­tals, safety and ocean aware­ness in a land les­son be­fore en­ter­ing the small surf. Lessons are fully su­per­vised, and most schools of­fer be­gin­ner, in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced lessons.

Af­ter your lessons, you’re go­ing to be ready to hit the swell in style!

Quik­sil­ver has pro­vided ev­ery die-hard surfer with qual­ity shorts, rash guards and surf wax since 1969. Pop into your near­est lo­ca­tion to find a myr­iad of T-shirts, hats, tees, tow­els and a host of other beach­side essen­tials. Quik­sil­ver’s Wailea (at Shops at Wailea), La­haina and Whalers Vil­lage stores stock men’s, women’s and chil­dren’s cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit quik­sil­ver.com. MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763

MAUI WAVERID­ERS (808) 875-4761 QUIK­SIL­VER (808) 667-7978 LA­HAINA; (808) 891-1503 WAILEA OR (808) 661-3505 WHALERS VIL­LAGE


OR (800) 776-2326


Maui is one of the world’s premier sail­ing des­ti­na­tions. What­ever your sail­ing pref­er­ence, you’ll find it here. Sin­gle-hull, dou­ble­hulled and tri-hulled yacHts and

cata­ma­rans of all sizes of­fer great sail­ing ad­ven­tures. sail­Boats leave daily from

ma‘alaea Har­Bor in South Maui, La­haina Har­bor in West Maui and from the beach at ka‘ana­pali, car­ry­ing any­where from six to 100plus pas­sen­gers. Although winds are usu­ally light in the morn­ing, by mid-af­ter­noon the trades pick up, giv­ing sailors a faster trip back to port. By evening, it’s gen­tle again—calm enough to en­joy cock­tails as you watch the sunset. Some sail­boats of­fer

snor­kel­ing, as well as food and other re­fresh­ments.

If you’re lucky, you might spot a pod of dol­pHins, Hawai­ian monk seals or honu (sea tur­tles) swimming by.

Whether you skim over the wa­ter at more than 15 knots or take the helm on a ves­sel that com­peted in the 1987 World Cup, sail­ing on Maui is al­ways an ad­ven­ture. ALII NUI SAIL­ING CHAR­TERS (808) 875-0333 OR (800) 542-3483 EXT. 1 AMER­ICA II (808) 667-2195 MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763

TRIL­OGY EX­CUR­SIONS (808) 270-8740


“Snor­kel­ing is great,” you say to your­self, as you float lazily in the wa­ter as schools of fish come to greet you. But what if a per­son could move fur­ther be­low the sur­face to get a bet­ter view? Thank­fully, some­body in­vented snuba div­ing. Snuba is a shal­low-wa­ter

dive sys­tem that bridges the gap be­tween snor­kel­ing and scuba div­ing. It’s not as rig­or­ous and time-con­sum­ing as learn­ing to scuba dive, but is more ad­ven­tur­ous than snor­kel­ing. Air is supplied by a scuba tank that is at­tached to a float on the sur­face of the wa­ter, al­low­ing divers to go at their own pace. Ex­pe­ri­enced divers lead tours, and most peo­ple can learn in 90 min­utes.

PRIDE OF MAUI (808) 242-0955 OR (877) 867-7433


Whether you’re har­nessed to a

para­sail high above the ocean or steer­ing a Jet ski across the wa­ter’s sur­face, you’ll prob­a­bly be wear­ing a grin. These wa­ter sports are fun for ev­ery­one.

If you’ve never pi­loted a Jet Ski, in­struc­tors will help you get the hang of it. Pro­pelled by a jet of wa­ter, rid­ing on a Jet Ski is a fun ac­tiv­ity for the en­tire fam­ily.

pa­cific Jet sports in La­haina of­fers three types of Jet Ski ve­hi­cles, from one-per­son Su­per Jet 650 to the three-pas­sen­ger Wave Run­ner XL-700. Life vests and in­struc­tion are pro­vided.

For a quick and quiet thrill, try para­sail­ing. Once you’re up there, it’s easy to for­get you’re be­ing towed by a boat and float­ing some­where be­tween 300 and 800 feet above the ocean. High-tech winch boats pro­vide dry take­offs and land­ings. ufo

para­sail, lo­cated on Ka‘ana­pali Beach in front of Leilani’s Res­tau­rant at Whalers Vil­lage, uses har­nesses, which are com­fort­able, flex­i­ble and al­low for bet­ter views. The ride is de­signed for just about ev­ery­one, and most op­er­a­tors can take two peo­ple up at the same time. MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763 PA­CIFIC JET SPORTS (808) 667-2001 UFO PARA­SAIL (800) 359-4836


wind­surf­ing, the in­ven­tive mar­riage of sail­ing and surf­ing, has found the per­fect hon­ey­moon spot on Maui. With its ideal com­bi­na­tion of strong trade winds and con­sis­tent surf, the is­land is one of the world’s best wind­surf­ing des­ti­na­tions.

While here, you can visit the most-pho­tographed wind­surf­ing site on the planet, ho‘okipa beach

park in Pa‘ia, where top pros sail al­most ev­ery day. How­ever, Ho‘okipa Beach Park’s rip cur­rents,

ex­posed reefs and jagged lava rock are not for the novice windsurfer.

In­stead, recre­ational wind­surfers can head to Kanaha Beach ParK be­hind the Kahu­lui Air­port. Here, wind­surfers of all lev­els and ages come to en­joy the sport.

Other wind­surf lo­ca­tions in­clude SPrecKelSville, Ka­hana, Ki­hei and even the awe­some JawS wave at Pe‘ahi— but don’t try this one un­less you’re ex­pe­ri­enced. There are sev­eral great wind­surf schools at Kanaha Beach and a bunch of lo­cal wind­Surf­ing stores in Kahu­lui that’ll help you gear up for a day on the waves.


At its great­est height, haleaKala tow­ers 30,000 feet from its base on the floor of the Pa­cific to its sum­mit 10,023 feet above sea level. That means about two-thirds of the great Slum­Ber­ing

vol­cano is sub­merged be­neath the sea, its rich store of se­crets shared only with folks who find ways to travel be­low the ocean’s sur­face.

The view from be­low is breath­tak­ing—liv­ing coral reefS, Sea

caveS, ex­otic va­ri­eties of friendly (and not-so-friendly) fiSh, Sea

tur­tleS and eelS. Wa­ter tem­per­a­ture ranges from 72 de­grees Fahren­heit in win­ter to the low 80s in the sum­mer, and on calm days, wa­ter vis­i­bil­ity can ex­ceed 100 feet.

Maui’s vast un­der­wa­ter world and its teem­ing marine en­vi­ron­ment is a nat­u­ral draw for scuba divers. You can set out on your own or book a trip with one of the is­land’s many

ScuBa div­ing op­er­a­tors. Most of­fer small-group tours, and some pro­vide an ar­ray of aux­il­iary ser­vices.

The premier dive site on the is­land has to be moloKini marine life con­Ser­va­tion diS­trict. This

SunKen vol­canic cin­der cone 3 miles off the coast of Maui is host to spec­tac­u­lar marine life and coral for­ma­tions with high-vis­i­bil­ity un­der­wa­ter views that have been mea­sured at 160 feet. Just as bike riders queue up at dawn to coast down Haleakala, divers and snorkel­ers line up at Ma‘alaea and La­haina har­bors each day to make the trip to Molokini.

Other well-known sites in­clude an ar­ti­fi­cial reef off moKaPu Beach in Wailea called St. An­thony; a

Pre-con­tact hawai­ian fiSh­ing Site

called the “85-foot pin­na­cle” in the area, south of Wailea; la Per­ouSe

Bay; and—when the weather is fa­vor­able—the Kanaio coaSt. You can travel to Molokini,

lana‘i and many other dive sites aboard cus­tom dive boats, ridged-hull in­flat­a­bles or glass­bot­tom boats such as the Reef Dancer (more in­for­ma­tion at maui­glass­bot­tomboat.com). Most char­ters in­clude trans­port, gear, equip­ment, in­struc­tion and lunch. MAUI BILL’S (808) 205-5763

REEF DANCER (808) 667-2133


There’s some­thing spell­bind­ing about squint­ing into a Pa­cific morn­ing sun and spy­ing a Pod of wild dol­PhinS spin­ning out of a sun-pol­ished sea. Seem­ingly care­free, these marine mam­mals can ap­pear out of the blue and put on a show just for you.

SPin­ner dol­PhinS, the most fre­quently ob­served species, are gre­gar­i­ous by na­ture. They were named for their habit of leap­ing above the sur­face of the wa­ter and swirling like glis­ten­ing, sil­ver­clad Olympians. Sci­en­tists can’t


en­ter the world of wild dol­phins

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