Maui is the birthplace of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), one of the fastest-growing sports. It’s low-impact and easy to learn, and it’s a great way to explore the waters of West Maui. Whether you’re seeking a guided tour or the perfect spot to take your SUP rental to Maui, use our guide to find the best solution for your needs.
Best Maui Stand-Up Paddleboard Spots
Kapalua Bay is regularly ranked in the top ten beaches in Hawaii for its sand, marine life, and protected environment. For SUP, the protection from large swells and its calmer waters make the location an ideal spot. The white-sand beaches provide a great location for beginners to get their bearings on a paddleboard, and this area is not often impacted by rain and wind. Kapalua Bay is a popular area for resorts and is often a popular spot for beachgoers.
If you’re a more experienced paddleboarder, Napili Bay is a beautiful spot ideal for the more adventurous paddler. Unlike Kapalua Bay, Napili Bay is known to experience more frequent wind and rain. Napili Bay is also a bit more secluded, offering a getaway from more populated areas.
Maliko Gulch is located about one mile east of Hookipa Beach Park between Kuau and Haiku. It is a refuge from the wind and big surf and is ideal for stand-up paddleboarding. The Maliko Gulch offers a downwind run with low waves ideal for experienced paddlers or those just learning the ropes. There is a large community of downwind sports enthusiasts who take to these waters. Take advantage of the Maliko Shuttle, which makes it easier for paddlers to access without dropping off a car.
SUP Yoga in Maui
Want to practice yoga on a paddleboard? There are several spots to experience Maui yoga paddleboarding, including Maui SUP Yoga and Maui Ocean Sports. Stand up paddleboard yoga offers an added balance challenge and a serene way to start the day on the water.
SUP Rental Maui
Maui SUP Rentals features a variety of rental and delivery options including SUP delivery and daily/weekly rental options. The company is based out of Lāhainā in West Maui.
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