Best Maui Beaches: Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

If you are new to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), Maui is the perfect place to try it out. If you’ve been envious of the guys and gals surfing the big waves, but are chicken (like me) or just don’t want to work that hard, you have to try SUP. I’ve seen locals doing awesome waves and moves on them, but also plenty of people just enjoying the water from an SUP. Beginners will need protected waters with just a little bit of wave action. I think the best beach on Maui to learn SUP is Kalama Beach Park in Kihei. No, you won’t find lots of sand like on other Maui beaches, and maybe it isn’t as picturesque as the postcard beaches that are strewn throughout Maui, but this is the place to go for SUP beginners. There are several places to rent SUPs right across the road, and a 2 minute walk later you are in the water ready to try your SUP. The wave action seems to be just right for beginning SUP, and you will be sure to see many other folks there trying their hand at this great sport. Like many activities on Maui, mornings are the best for SUP because you are more likely to get calm waters and minimal wind. Good luck, and hang loose!

Kalama Beach Park, Maui (photo courtesy of

3 thoughts on “Best Maui Beaches: Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

  1. Stand Up Paddling looks like so much fun. Just yesterday I watched a single SUP at Ho’okipa (where it was pretty flat) circling the entire bay. It was amazing to watch…

  2. A little history lesson, in the early 1960′s the Beach Boys of Waikiki were known for standing on their long boards and paddling out into the water with outrigger canoe paddles to take pictures of all the tourists learning how to surf. The term “Beach Boy Surfing” came fro this, which is another name for Stand Up Paddle Surfing. Look up ‘Waikiki Beach Boys’ on YouTube. There’s a cool video there that talks about the history of this sport.

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