WHEN TO GOPeak Season: April – October
Avg Water Temp: 24°C / 75°F
AVERAGE COSTSBeer: $4 average
Restaurant Meal: $10 – 24 and up
Accommodation: $100 – 150 on average per room, but varies greatly
USEFUL CONTACTSAQUA SPORTS MAUI
+1 (808) 242 8015
+44 (0) 1273 844919
THE LURERiders flock to Maui for its warm waters and super consistent conditions with more kiteable days per year than almost anywhere on earth. Although there's Hawaii-size surf, Maui actually offers lots of riding opportunities for kiters, beginners through advanced.
THE SET-UPThe main kite beaches are in an industrial section of Kahului on Amala Place. The first parking lot is Teach Beach (AKA: Kimo’s) with an uninterrupted area downwind past the industrial buildings. The launch can be a bit tricky, so observe other kiters and familiarise yourself with the area. Between Teach Beach and The Keyhole (lower end of Old Man’s) is the world-famous ‘Pro Beach’, marked as Ka’a Point on the map. Sheltered with butter flat waters it’s only for advanced riders as the launch area is tiny and in a wind shadow. Over a small bridge to the next parking lot is the excellent beginner/ intermediate area of Kite Beach called Kanaha with a small camping area, showers and restrooms. Aqua Sports Maui meet their students at the upper part of this beach where there’s a wide, sandy launch. Further offshore large north and west swells pound the reef September to May (winter) from Pier One to the west, the ‘Boneyard’ in the middle and ‘Lowers’ to the east. Closer to shore they re-form and set up a fun zone to ride waves or pop off the ramps.
Thirty minutes away are Ho’okipa and Lanes. No kitesurfing at Ho’okipa, but advanced riders looking for a challenge with up-to-date insurance may want to check out Lanes. Launch and land by crossing a very tricky reef - it’s serious. In the right winds Kihei on the south side can be good for intermediates and above. Riding on the west side of the island is limited, so speak to a local rider before trying to ride there.
WIND, WEATHER AND WATERWarm weather, water and year-long side to side-onshore trade winds blow from the northeast. Summertime: stronger winds (sometimes over 30 knots) with small to no surf (June to August). Winter has better waves but can be wetter and least reliable winds. Occasional west and Kona winds (south/south east) November to April. Expect to use your nine metre the most. Boardshorts in summer / thin neoprene top in the winter. Average year round water temps of mid-70s / around 24°C.
ACCOMMODATIONA good range, but Hawaii isn’t cheap. Luxury world-class resorts in Wailea through to budget vacation rentals and back-packer hostels. Best places to stay on the North Shore in the heart of the surf scene are Paia, Kuau or Sprecklesville and are not as touristy or developed as other areas.
SCHOOLSAQUA SPORTS MAUI teach all levels all year at a max ratio of 2:1, specialising in one on one private lessons, customised for the student. Teaching on and renting out North and Cabrinha gear, they also offer instructor training, kite repairs, discount on surf/SUP lessons and purchases.
Languages spoken by staff: A wide variety, arranged in advance.
+1 (808) 242 8015
+44 (0) 1273 844919
NO WINDAny water and air sport you can think of, plus insane golf courses, whale watching, waterfalls, the Haleakela Crater, a ferry to Lanai or Molokai, farmer’s markets, botanical gardens, art galleries, upcountry wine tasting tours or simply sun bathing!
GET AROUNDEverything is between 30 - 40 minutes from everything else and taxis are expensive and unreliable, so hire a car (from the airport) to get the most out of the island.
CURRENCYUS Dollar ($) - £1 = $1.5 / €1 = $1.2 Lots of ATMs and credit cards accepted nearly everywhere.
FOOD AND DRINKThe main kite spots are on the edge of Kahului town, just a mile from the nearest shopping centre with supermarkets and health food shops. Paia is packed with restaurants, the fish market and Mana Foods healthfood store. Nightlife usually shuts down between 10pm and midnight.
AIRPORTKahului (OGG) is five minutes from the main kite spots.
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