The Hawaiian Islands are synonymous with beach and ocean life, and Maui is one of the best islands for that.

Enjoy every moment in the water, and don’t forget basic ocean safety rules and to wear sunscreen.

Basic ocean safety rules

  • Never turn your back on the ocean
  • When in doubt — don’t go out
  • Always be aware of your surroundings
  • Morning hours are ideal before the wind picks up

Read: 11 Hawaiian ocean safety rules that’ll boost your confidence in the water.


Explore the backside wall of Molokini or enjoy excellent shore diving off the coast of South Maui.


Maui is a kitesurfing mecca of the Pacific with year-round great weather, waves and wind conditions. It has been consistently listed as one of the best kitesurfing spots in the world.

Read: The ultimate guide to kitesurfing on Maui.


  • Redline Rafting – eco-friendly, culturally conscious rafting and snorkeling from a 35 ft. customized raft. Hawaiian “talk story” and history is part of the experience!
  • Blue Water Rafting – explore the sea caves and lava arches of Maui’s remote and rugged coastline and discover exotic marine life with Blue Water Rafting.

Snuba diving

Snuba is a hybrid between snorkeling and diving. It gives you the most of your water adventures without a dive certification. Several companies that offer snorkel trips will offer snuba.

Standup paddle boarding, surf lessons, kayak tours

Try popular standup paddle boarding (SUP), kayak across Maui south shores or take catch your first wave on your first surf lesson with Big Kahuna Adventures.

Tide pooling

Exploring tide pools in Hawaii is like having a treasure hunt at the ocean’s edge. Maui offers several safe and protected tide pools to discover shells, rock formations and other ocean critters such as crabs, opae shrimp, sea cucumbers and tiny fish.