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Local Experts: Maui, Kyle Ellison

By Local Expert Kyle Ellison

Best Beaches for Bodysurfing on Maui

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Baldwin Beach

Baldwin Beach

The turquoise waters of Baldwin Beach—particularly in the early morning—are too inviting to resist the urge of jumping in for a swim. The best spots for bodysurfing are in front of the sand dunes just west of the yellow lifeguard tower, and while most afternoons will have wind-driven waves, winters become experts-only. 

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Hamoa Beach

Hamoa Beach

Not only does Hamoa nearly always have waves, but Mark Twain and Michener both labeled Hamoa as one of their favorite beaches in the world. Easterly trade winds create consistent surf that is larger in the afternoons, and between the sandy bottom and the palm-fringed shoreline, there is a fusion of adrenaline and relaxation that is endemic to idyllic Hamoa Bay.

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Honokahua Bay (D.T. Fleming Beach)

Honokahua Bay (D.T. Fleming Beach)

One half of the beach fronts the luxurious Ritz Carlton; the other is a county beach park. In the middle, visitors and locals mingle in waves that break on a sandy shoreline, and it’s one of the only beaches on the West Side of the island with a regular crew of lifeguards. For most consistent waves, visit in winter. 

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Makena State Park

Makena State Park

Any local will tell you that Makena State Park is the hands-down bodysurfing standout. Known to locals simply as “Big Beach,” the shore break is stronger here than anywhere on the island—so caution should be advised. Lifeguards are present in the event of an emergency, and summer months are the best time for waves, womping, and barrels.    

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Mokulei‘a Bay (Slaughterhouse)

Mokulei‘a Bay (Slaughterhouse)

Known in the summer for its captivating snorkeling, Mokulei‘a Bay gets a bit rougher in winter when northwest swells hit the shoreline. The largest swells create waves so big that even professionals abstain—but on most winter days there are playful waves that us regular mortals can enjoy. For added security bring some fins; for fun, bring a waterproof camera. 


Visit the Best Beaches for Bodysurfing on Maui

Mokulei‘a Bay (Slaughterhouse)
Lahaina, HI 96761, United States
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Makena State Park
Makena Alanui Rd, Mākena, HI 96790, United States
8.6/10

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Honokahua Bay (D.T. Fleming Beach)
Lahaina, HI, United States
8.7/10

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Hamoa Beach
Haneoo Rd., Hāna, HI 96713, United States
8.5/10

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Baldwin Beach
Hana Hwy (Baldwin Ave.), Kahului, HI 96732, United States
9.2/10

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