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Address: South of Wailea, Maui, HI
Activities: Sunbathing, Snorkeling
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$141*
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Kayak and Snorkel - Waterfall Hike and Paddle Tour

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Beautiful beach, huge waves

Amazing beach and spot to be at. Be aware that waves are really good for the game, not for casual soaking. They come quick, they come strong. Fun!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Anchorage, Alaska
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Amazing beach and spot to be at. Be aware that waves are really good for the game, not for casual soaking. They come quick, they come strong. Fun!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I love how 2 feet away from my hotel, I could walk down and rent snorkel stuff at Makena. They had surf, paddle boards, and a beautiful catamaran stopped by. I wonder if they do catamaran rides.

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Port Moody, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

What a great beach. Sand is awesome, and the waves were bigger than we found elsewhere on the island and were a lot of fun to play in!

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Green Valley, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This beach is beautiful. Right before our trip my husband was told that he couldn't snorkel because of an eye emergency but we decided we still needed to find a beautiful beach and at least spend some time in the water. We couldn't have picked a better beach. What a treat and so peaceful compared to some of the other... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Had a great time staying at Makena beach resort. Grateful to have met Coleen from Pohaku Tours who gave us a very educational walking tour of the area where we observed archaeological ruins and got an amazing lesson in Hawaiian history.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Beautiful beach! But the waves are so rough, it's a better beach for sunbathing and building sand castles. The beach has easy parking, food trucks on site, outhouses if you need them, and lifeguards. Just be careful and believe the warnings about the rough surf!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Hands down our favorite beach in Maui. Besides there not being as much snorkeling (if any), this was by far my wife and I's favorite beach to relax in the sun, watch the local body boarders do their thing, and play in the most gorgeous water ever. Sure, the riptide is strong - don't be an idiot. As long as... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Big beach is beautiful, long sandy beaches, blue water and pretty calm waters. Just do not catch the waves, they all break on the sand. 4 of us went out swimming and it was nice, but 1 of us caught a wave, end up with neck injury and leaving beach in Ambulance. I would go again, but do NOT catch... More 

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

A short walk from the parking lot to the beach, great surf awaits. Food trucks in the parking lot if you need it, and out houses....again, if you need it. This beach has a quick drop off and the waves break on the beach. Life guards are there. Great surf, probably one of the best on this side......apparently the nude... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Quieter beach with hot sand, rolling surf and stunning views. Looks like there is a step drop off so may be better for sun bathers and beachcombers.

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