Maui North Shore Beaches & Towns
Surfing Culture And Beach Lifestyle
When you think of the North Shore of Maui you probably think of wind, waves and gorgeous beaches. You would be right about all of that. Some of the best waves and the most consistent winds bring the surfing professionals to live in the towns of Haiku, Paia, & Huelo to train during the winter months each year.
Our beautiful shores are subject to strong swells that move tons of sand up and down the coast for miles. You never know what you might encounter when you get to your favorite spot after a storm, a nice wide sandy beach or a rocky tidepool scene.
Visitors love spending time in the beach and small plantation towns of the North Shore. Check out some of the areas you should explore more on your own.
The largest of the towns, Paia is a beach town and has a strong surf vibe to it. The cute shops, historic plantation buildings and location make this a wonderful spot to enjoy for an afternoon. There are about 12 different restaurants in town, and they are all popular. The pizza place is a local favorite as well as the grocery store.
If you are into ocean sports, you will likely bump into one of the top professionals in any of those sports in this seaside town. Windsurfing and surfing are all popular at the local Hookipa beach park. Some of the tour guides like to stop to watch all the colors against the ocean blue, sometimes 50 windsurfers doing tricks on the huge waves.
Kiteboarders tend to use areas down near Kahana in Kahului due to the width and length of the beaches in that area.
Just off the Hana Highway, Haiku has a few small areas centered around the old cannery buildings that dot the landscape. These old industrial buildings been turned into commercial shops, restaurants, and offices. Visit the ones in Haiku that hold top restaurants, shops, bike activities, and so much more. This is a great stop on your way back from Hana if you are traveling on your own to grab dinner.
The winding part of the Hana highway starts in this area. There is more rainfall in this zone creating more gulches that are bigger and deeper. The abundance of rain makes for a dense rainforest and hosts an infestation of bamboo that covers hillsides.
The deep gulches extend out into the water creating perfect underwater formations that make for huge waves. World-famous “Jaws”, an absolutely monster of a wave, sometimes pushing 80ʻ in height, is ridden during the right conditions right off-shore at Peahi.
All our road to Hana tours come through the town of Paia. Some will stop for a little while so you can look around a little, some drive slowly through and others will give you time to grab coffee or a full breakfast in the town before continuing down the Hana Highway.
All our helicopter tours start at the heliport at the Kahului airport which is set on the North Shore of Maui. You will see lots of this area from the helicopter as you take off and return.
Wander into the lush rainforests of the North Shore with a guide and go for a swim in a waterfall pool. These experiences are available in the Huelo area. Take a shorter half-day tour or explore more along the road to Hana with a private hiking and swimming experience.