Maui is known for it's excellent windsurfing conditions throughout the year
with instruction and equipment rentals for all abilties available on the
northern coast. The western beaches usually experience
calm waters for swimming, sea kayaking and general water play. Outfitters
provide transportation for diving and snorkeling to Molokini, a
submerged volcanic crater, and Lanai, a small island surrounded by coral
reef. Whale watching excursions leave ports in west Maui during the
height of the migration between January and March. Surfing
conditions are best between November and March. Lessons and good waves
are available throughout the year.
Hiking and backpacking opportunities abound in
Haleakala National Park, Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area and other parks
within east Maui. Many ranchers in East Maui outfit horseback riding
excursions. Reservations are recommended for these outings, which can last
for a few hours or several days.