Hands down, Lahaina is one of the best spots on Maui if you are a beginner surfer.
The area boasts a number of easily accessible beginner waves that
offer gentle rides and are perfect for learning how to surf.
Breakwall and Launiupoko are two of the most popular beginner spots,
but are extremely crowded.
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Named “Shark Pit” for the white tip reef sharks that reside
along the nearby reef, this is a popular spot frequented local
Lahaina surfers. The wave can be powerful and fast and offers
fun rides for intermediate/advanced surfers. There is a
public beach access off of Front Street, but parking is
extremely limited. Beginner surfers are better off going north
to Breakwall or south to Puamana or Launiupoko.
Mala is Lahaina’s last wave as you drive towards Kaanapali. The spot can offer fun, left hand waves for experienced longboarders. The crowd, however, is typically tight knit and can be intense if you are a new surfer. The reef at Mala can also be quite shallow and the wave itself usually breaks best on big summer swells. This one is best left to local