Honokohau Bay

Maui is covered in alluring white-sand beaches. In fact, many argue that Maui has the best beaches in the state. And it’s these beaches that attract lovers from all over the world for weddings, honeymoons and romantic escapes. Maui is truly the island for lovers.

But there are hidden coves and beaches throughout Maui. The kinds of places that only locals know about and few tourists ever tread. Honokohau Bay is one of these places.

The surf at Honokohau Bay is rather dangerous, and the area is known for its rip currents. The surf gets perilously high during the winter months, and the beach doesn’t have any sand. It’s made up of boulders that are uncomfortable underfoot. And, on top of all of this, there is no sand in the water. It’s a rocky bottom that you might be introduced to rather violently if you dare to get in the water.

The bay is not good for lounging out to catch some sun, it’s terrible for swimming and it’s only suitable for very experienced snorkelers when the water is clear.

So, why would anyone visit Honokohau Bay?

The answer is easy: Surfing and exploring.

When the winter swell is up, you’ll find some of the best surfers on Maui testing the bay’s massive waves. It’s a sight to behold. There’s also a small stand on the beach that sells coconut water and milk, juices and other refreshments. 

The bay is just east of Nakalele Blowhole at the intersection of Highway 340 and Highway 30 on Maui’s northernmost shore. There’s a small parking lot that gets a bit busy during the winter, but, if you find a spot, then it’s a great little pit stop for some refreshment and entertainment. 

It’s fun watching those surfers challenge the waves.

And the beach is fit for a bit of exploration. The Honokohau Stream runs into the ocean at the southern end of the bay, and it’s fun for the kids to explore the stream with snack in-hand.

Just keep an eye on your crew as the water is dangerous, and the stream can experience floods after heavy rain. But, if the conditions are right, then Honokohau Bay makes for a great 20-minute stop as you explore Maui.

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Honokohau, Maui