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4 Best Stand-Up Paddle Board Spots in West Maui

By April 14, 2024 No Comments

Paddleboarding at Kahekili Beach

West Maui is renowned for its stunning coastline, pristine beaches, and crystal-clear waters, making it a paradise for stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) enthusiasts. From calm bays ideal for beginners to surf breaks for more experienced and versatile paddlers, West Maui offers a diverse range of stand-up paddle board spots that cater to all skill levels. Rent a stand-up paddle board from Auntie Snorkel and explore some of the best SUP spots in West Maui.

Kahekili Beach Park (Airport Beach)

Kahekili Beach Park Guide

Family-friendly, easy access beach for all ocean recreation. Free parking and good facilities.

Kahekili Beach Park is one of West Maui’s most iconic and accessible spots for stand-up paddle boarding. Free parking easy access to the beach, and showers to rinse your equipment make this a very convenient spot to bring your SUP. With its usually gentle waves and sandy bottom, this beach provides an excellent environment for beginners to practice and enjoy SUP. Paddle along the coastline and soak in views of the north side of Pu’u Keka’a (Black Rock) and the neighboring islands of Lanai and Molokai. You’re likely to encounter sea turtles and tropical fish beneath your board, so be sure to bring along some snorkel gear to get a better view! Make yourself aware of the wind forecast, and only paddle out when winds should stay calm. Typically, morning is the best time to paddle out. Check out our Kahekili Beach Park (Airport Beach) Guide for more about this spot.

Napili Bay

Napili Bay Beach Guide

Family-friendly sandy beach in a bay offering excellent snorkeling, paddle boarding, and other recreation.

Napili Bay is a picturesque cove with calm waters, making it an ideal spot for leisurely stand-up paddle boarding sessions. The bay’s sheltered location can protect it from strong winds and waves, creating a tranquil paddling experience. Make yourself aware of the wind forecast, and only paddle out when winds should stay calm. Typically, morning is the best time to paddle out. Explore the shoreline, paddle out to nearby reefs for snorkeling opportunities, or simply relax and take in the beauty of Napili’s turquoise waters and golden sands. Check out our Napili Bay Beach Guide for more about this spot.

Launiupoko Beach Park

Launiupoko Beach Park Guide

Family-friendly park known for all-levels surfing and spacious picnic areas.

Launiupoko Beach Park is a versatile SUP destination with options for both beginners and experienced paddlers. The park features a beach area to the left that is ideal for launching your SUP. As you paddle out beyond the shallows, you’ll find waves suitable for intermediate paddlers looking for a bit of surf action. Just beyond the surf zone, you’ll find tranquil, deeper waters ideal for a scenic paddle along the coast line. The park’s facilities, including free parking, restrooms, picnic areas, and showers, add convenience to your SUP outing. Choose times of higher tide here to avoid shallow reef on the inside. Also, make yourself aware of the wind forecast, and only paddle out when winds should stay calm. Typically, morning is the best time to paddle out. Check out our Launiupoko Beach Park Guide for more about this spot.

Ukumehame Beach Park (1000 Peaks)

Ukumehame Beach Guide

Family-friendly beach known for all levels surfing, paddle boarding, and family beach days.

Stand-up paddle boarding at Ukumehame Beach Park in Maui offers a fantastic experience for paddlers of all levels. This beach park, located along Maui’s west coast between Lahaina and Ma’alaea, features a long stretch of sandy beach and calm waters, making it an ideal spot for SUP enthusiasts. Beginners can enjoy a usually gently channel to the left of the parking lot, perfect for easy entry, practicing being on the board, and paddling out between surf zones. For more experienced paddlers, Ukumehame Beach Park provides opportunities to venture further out beyond the surf and explore the coastline, soaking in views of the West Maui Mountains and neighboring islands. Choose times of higher tide here to avoid shallow reef on the inside. Also, make yourself aware of the wind forecast, and only paddle out when winds should stay calm. Typically, morning is the best time to paddle out. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely paddle or a scenic adventure, Ukumehame Beach Park offers a relaxing and picturesque setting for stand-up paddle boarding in Maui. Check out our Ukumehame Beach Park (1000 Peaks) Guide for more about this spot.

Top Tips for Paddle Boarding Fun & Safety

  • Family paddle boarding

    Paddle boarding in Maui is fun for the whole family!

    Check out our Beginner’s Guide to Stand-Up Paddle Boarding.

    It’s full of helpful tips on technique and safety to have you paddle boarding like pro before you know it. Plus, when you rent a stand-up paddle board from Auntie Snorkel, our fun specialists will give you a SUP 101 rundown on how to have fun and stay safe on your SUP adventure. 

  • Check the Weather and Ocean Conditions.

    Before heading out for SUP, check the weather forecast and ocean conditions. Strong winds or high surf can affect your paddling experience and safety. Choose days with light winds and calm waters for a more enjoyable SUP session.

  • Wear Sun Protection.

    Protect yourself from the sun’s rays by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses with UV protection, and a wide-brimmed hat. Consider wearing a rash guard or wetsuit for added sun protection and comfort, especially during longer paddling sessions.

  • Stay Hydrated.

    Bring water and stay hydrated during your SUP adventure, especially in Maui’s warm climate. Consider packing snacks or energy bars for longer paddling trips.

  • Respect Marine Life.

    Maui’s waters are home to diverse marine life, including sea turtles and tropical fish. Respect marine habitats by avoiding contact with coral reefs, keeping a safe distance from wildlife, and refraining from feeding marine animals.

  • Be Mindful of Others.

    Share the water responsibly with other water users, such as swimmers, surfers, and kayakers. Follow local rules and etiquette, yield to others when necessary, and maintain a safe distance from other watercraft.

  • Know Your Limits.

    Know your limits and avoid paddling in conditions beyond your skill level. Always pay attention to your surroundings and changing conditions. If you encounter challenging conditions or fatigue, return to shore immediately and seek assistance if needed.

When planning a stand-up paddle boarding adventure in West Maui, it’s essential to consider factors such as ideal location, weather conditions, ocean safety, and proper use of equipment. Auntie Snorkel has excellent deals on SUP rentals, and can help you plan a fun and safe time out on the water. Whether you’re a beginner looking for calm bays or an experienced paddler seeking some fun waves, West Maui’s diverse SUP spots promise unforgettable experiences and stunning scenery that capture the essence of Hawaii’s oceanic beauty.

About Auntie Snorkel

Auntie Snorkel shop has been serving Maui’s fun seekers for over 33 years, established in 1985. We're the original South Maui Snorkel Shop. When I bought the shop 10 years ago from Auntie, we decided to keep the name. The name "Auntie" is a term of respect here in Hawaii. I'm living my dream. I get to meet awesome people from all over the world and share with them my love and knowledge of this magical island that I get to call home. We know all the spots. I have lived here since 2001. We're the true definition of a family owned and operated shop. I answer the phones and work the shop along with my family. When you shop with us you're supporting my ohana and for that I thank you!! Why go anywhere else? We're the friendliest, fastest, cheapest and our location is the most epic! Mahalo and Aloha”. ~Mark Noble (Owner & Maui Fun Expert)

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