This quaint town enjoys status as one of the top windsurfing destinations in the world. At nearby Hookipa Beach Park — host of the annual Aloha Classic Wave Championships, the crown jewel of wave sailing events — sailboarders perform complex aerial maneuvers. Not surprisingly, Paia boasts at least a dozen surf shops, along with a wide range of grungy-chic cafes, juice bars and vegan restaurants plus shops sporting hemp-made products, East Indian imports and funky galleries.
With its mild climate, fertile soil, grazing lands and diverse botanicals, Upcountry has become the Maui version of Napa. Upcountry is where boutique food emporiums and the island’s forward-thinking chefs get top-quality organic ingredients from area farmers.
The popular South Maui destination is a land of posh resorts, manicured golf courses, upscale retail, dining and, one can confidently say, the island’s best beaches. Enjoy expanses of immaculate sand and ultra-marine waters with swaying palm trees nearby. There is prime snorkeling and unrivalled views of Kahoolawe and Molokini, while the coastal walk between Mokapu and Polo Beaches (from the Renaissance Beach Resort to the Fairmont Kea Lani) is a great way to experience the beaches and restaurants .