Kaanapali is one of the top rated vacation destinations in Hawaii,
and it’s no wonder with three miles of white, sandy beach
and a handful of luxury resorts. In terms of surfing,
the area offers a consistent beginner wave at
Kaanapali Point and a more advanced wave towards the far north end of the beach.
At Kaanapali Point there’s usually always something to surf, and waves
are typically gentle and sloping – perfect for beginners. As one of the few
surf breaks along this stretch of beach, though, it can get quite crowded
with surfing lessons from various surf schools and residents fighting for waves.
The best surfing is located in front of the Kaanapali Alii hotel and just to the right of the Marriott.
This spot can get bigger during the winter, so exercise caution.
Dont’t let the name fool you – Rainbows is a serious wave north of
Kaanapali that can do major damage if your skills aren’t up to par. The
wave needs big a winter swell to break and pitches over a sharp, shallow
reef full of urchins. Not to mention, there can also be strong currents.
There are plenty of other, safer waves on Maui to choose from, so best
advice is to leave this one to the experts.