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Water Sports

Water Sports
Water Sports

© Courtney Nash

The sport of he'e nalu—surfing to us English-speaking folk—was born here in the Hawaiian Islands as a sport reserved for Kings. Windsurfing and kitesurfing both grew out from Maui's north shore, and stand-up paddleboarding is the latest locally grown boardsport to take the island by storm. Add the plentiful opportunities for snorkeling, diving, fishing, kayaking, or canoe racing, and Maui locals and visitors alike can justifiably claim the ocean as their playground.

Maui | Water Sports

Boating
  • Boating
  • While everyone knows that Maui is an indescribably beautiful island, taking a boat out and viewing this paradise from the water provides an entirely new perspective to this already stunning panorama. A light breeze tickles your neck as the sweet smell of sea salt wafts through the air.
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Scuba Diving
  • Scuba Diving
  • Whether you are a slow breathing pro or a wide-eyed rookie, submersing yourself in Maui's waters is unforgettable. With two world-class, offshore destinations and plenty of relaxed shore diving, Maui offers a bit of everything.
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Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling in Maui, you might find yourself channeling the likes of Dr. Seuss while trying to count and identify the abundant sea life. There are squirrel fish, parrotfish, hawk fish and box fish.
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Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Yellow tang, Moorish idols, and Pennant butterfly fish flit their way across the reef 30 feet beneath you. Humpback whales spout in the distance, and from your tiny perch on the water, Maui takes on a new look: green, steep, and rugged.
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Surfing
  • Surfing
  • Feelings of excitement, power, and freedom surge through your body in a wave of adrenaline as you glide along to the beat of the ocean. Whether you've dropped in on 10-foot faces or cruised knee-high whitewash, you know how it feels to catch a wave.
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Windsurfing and Kiteboarding
  • Windsurfing and Kiteboarding
  • Maui's trade winds are famous; they provide relief to overheated sunbathers, and cause the palm trees to sway ever-so-delicately. When the winds become too strong, beachgoers cover their faces from flying sand and run inside.
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