- Type: Beaches, Recreation
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The wintertime waves at Hookipa Beach are so white and frothy that hardcore surfers and windsurfers can't stay away. The water is definitely too rough for swimming, but if you're even remotely curious about surfing, you should pause at Mile 9 along the Road to Hana to take in the action at this stretch coastline near Paia in Upcountry Maui. Even if you're not one for water sports, travelers say that the photo opportunities alone are worth stopping for. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The view of breaking waves is spectacular! One could sit for hours watching this natural show."
There aren't many changing rooms around Hookipa, and there are no restaurants to speak of. But there are a few lookout points and picnic benches set up, so pack a snack to enjoy with the scenery. (Some recent visitors mention that a few snack stands also set up shop here.) Surfers typically hit the waves in the morning, while the windsurfers take to the water in the afternoon.
To learn more about Hookipa Beach, visit the County of Maui's website.
Nearby Things To Do
Iao Valley State Park12.6 miles away
Maui Ocean Center14.0 miles away
Wailea Beach17.8 miles away
Andaz Maui at Wailea17.5 miles away
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort18.0 miles away
Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa17.8 miles away