Maui - Hawaii
Hawaii is the watersports capital of the world and Maui, one of the islands of the Hawaiian archipelago, is a true Mecca for windsurfing and kiteboarding enthusiasts. Out of all eight major islands that make up the Hawaiian archipelago, Maui, at 727.2 square miles or 1883.5 square kilometers, is the second largest one. Out of all US islands, Maui is the 17th largest one.
If you decide to go to Maui in the summer, you will find that the wind blows at 20 to 25 knots. The summer is the best time to go to Maui if you are a passionate kitesurfer/windsurfer; you will find good riding conditions from May until September. If you decide to go to Maui in the winter, you will find the wind blows at 18 to 22 knots. This is the best time to go to Maui if you like to ride in the swell (the most prestigious windsurfers in the world come to Maui in the winter months). The wind generally blows from the NE which gives starboard tack waveriding.
So to sum it up, you can have a nice kiteboarding/windsurfing session no matter when you go to Maui. The wind blows at pretty much the same speed all year long and the average temperature is of about 77°F or 25°C.
There is only one way to get to Maui, Hawaii, and that is by plane. If you’re from the good old US of A, the trip will take approximately 7 hours, depending from where in the US you depart. But if you’re from the UK, you’re in for a lengthy trip; the flight time is of 17 hours and you will have to switch flights in the US. You will have to take a 10-hour flight to the US, then another 7-hour flight from the US to Hawaii. Seasoned riders recommend United Airlines and American Airlines.
If you plan to stay in Maui for less than 3 months, you will not need a visa; you will need one if you plan on staying longer though. Speaking of things you’ll need, you will definitely need a place to stay, so renting a house is not a bad idea, and you will need transportation, so renting a car is not a bad idea either.
During the day you can enjoy all sorts of water sports; you can go to several beaches, like Kanaha Beach Park, Spreckelsviller (Camp One), Hookipa, Kihei, Baby Beach, Baldwin Beach Park, Kuau, Jaws, Lanes and Mama’s (depending on the beach you visit, water conditions vary from flat water to high waves). When the sun goes down, there’s not much to do. The locals like to keep it mellow, so don’t expect much as far as Maui nightlife goes.
A word of caution: watch out for sharks while you are in the water.