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With 120 miles of coastline and 30 miles of extraordinarily beautiful beaches, Maui is an island famous for its exceptional watersports activities, surfing of all kinds, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing. Highly respected, world-class competitions of all kinds take place on this pristine island that is beloved by its residents, and attracts year round visitors.
West facing beaches are typically calmer and well suited for sunbathing and snorkeling. Honolua Bay in Kapalua is a conservation area that has some of the best snorkeling around. It is also one of the great surf spots when the conditions are right.
South Maui has great beach after great beach. Most are typically calmer and perfect for all types of water activities - outrigger paddling in North Kihei, surf lessons in Cove Park, snorkeling and stand up paddling on Keawakapu Beach, and kayaking in Makena Landing. Past Makena is Big Beach noted for the biggest waves on the south shore. This is skim boarding heaven with locals performing acrobatic feats in the approaching waves.
The consistent winds of the North Shore make these beaches world famous for water sports. Kanaha Beach is "wind kook" central and attracts windsurfers and kite boarders alike. The water off of Kanaha is also a local favorite for catching tako (octopus). Ho'okipa Beach is one of the most well known beaches for big wave surfing and professional windsurfing. The point at Ho'okipa gives an awesome vantage point for onlookers to witness the majesty of the surf and those that try to master it.