Surf paradise at the North Shore in Maui
A true paradise for surfers, Ho'okipa Beach Park is widely known among water sports enthusiasts. Ho'okipa means -hospitable- in German and spectators can watch the best of the best surfers here in the winter months or, with enough experience, plunge into the powerful waves themselves.
Ho'okipa Beach Park is located on the North Shore of the island of Maui and is not exactly known as a swimming beach. The reef and the gigantic waves are too dangerous to go swimming or to relax and swim a few laps. The beach is much more known among surfers for the distinctive reef system and the resulting great waves. The reef stretches evenly across the entire bay and allows the massive waves to break ideally. Those who are experienced in surfing can jump into the powerful waves themselves, those who are beginners should rather watch the action here from outside. At the side edge there is a viewing platform especially for spectators, which is equipped with picnic tables as well as pavilions. Two food trucks ensure that the spectators do not have to watch the spectacle with an empty stomach and all kinds of delicacies are sold.
Ho'okipa Beach Park is known for another highlight besides surfing. Every evening, as the blazing sun bathes the sky in vibrant orange colors, countless green sea turtles come to rest on the beach. To ensure that no one gets too close to the protected creatures, volunteers are on site every day to keep an eye on the behavior of tourists and intervene if necessary.
Immediately in front of the access to the beach some parking spaces are offered for visitors.
Address: Ho'okipa Beach Park, 179 Hana Highway, Paia, HI 96779
Phone: +1 808-572-8122
Coordinates: 20° 563318″ N, -156° 218844″ W