Why: Fastest surf in the world
The Ma’alaea Pipeline, also known as the freight train, off the coast of Maui is generally recognised as one of the fastest waves in the world.
In winter, surfers share the bay with humpback whales that pass through on their annual migration to the North Pacific.
Makena Road, Kihei
A 20-minute drive from Ma’alaea Beach, this home is integrated into the landscape of its one-acre oceanside terrain.
The house has views of the Pacific from most of its eight bedrooms, and an outdoor cinema on the pool deck.
Besides 10,000 sq ft of indoor space, the house features a six-car garage, caretaker’s quarters and a pool house providing guest accommodation.
Available through Island Sotheby’s International Realty, price upon request
Hale Ali’i at 9 Kapalua Place, Lahaina
In the heart of Oneloa Bay, Hale Ali’i is one of five gated estates in Kapalua Place. A 45-minute drive from the waves of Ma’alaea Beach, it is well located for sunset views, whale watching and surfing.
The home’s interior and poolside area were designed by Mary Philpotts, the internationally renowned Hawaiian designer. The property is accessed through a large open courtyard and has a five-car garage.
Available through Christie’s International Real Estate, $17.6m
Photographs: Alamy; Sotheby’s International Realty and Christie’s International Real Estate