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32. CATCH A WAVE
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
SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS (808) 875-4848
OR (800) 776-2326
33. SAIL THE OCEAN BLUE
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
34. GET THE BEST OF BOTH (UNDERSEA) WORLDS
“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.
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35. SOAR IN A PARASAIL, ROAR ON A JET SKI
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
36. SURF THE WIND
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.
37. DIVE MAUI
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
38. ENTER THE WORLD OF WILD DOLPHINS
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