On the banks of Lahaina town on the island of Maui, the Mala Wharf stretches out into the sea pointing the way to Molokai and Lanai under a veiled sun as slivers of silver sunlight pierce through clouds.
This lesser-visited spot on Lahaina’s shores offers spectacular views like this throughout the year. When the surf is up, the water just off the wharf teams with eager surfers on good breaks. In the winter months humpback whales cruise closely past as they birth and rear their young. When seas are calm, coral reef surrounding the wharf is snorkeled and dived by explorers viewing the sea life and Hawaiian sea turtles eating and cleaning.
Most of the coastline here is rocky–a stark difference from the beaches just to the north and the south of Lahaina. Directly behind Mala Wharf is the bustling Lahaina town Front Street, home to many small shops and restaurants.