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Wailea, Maui, HI
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I love this beach, I can't find words to describe it. It's quiet and long and there is a smaller beach clothing optional beach if that's your thing. I named my cat Makena after this fabulous Maui beach. Go you will not be sorry.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank fifirescue
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is really a nice long beach and we loved taking a walk and laying in the sun. It has huge tides ideal for surfing and water is crystal clear. Only disadvantage is that it doesn't have any shade.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 110aarthic
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really beautiful beach. Be careful of tides and currents as always, but this is a nice place to lay in the sun, go for a swim, and look for Hawaiian wildlife!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank QuickWhitTravel
Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent my childhood surfing in Rockaway, NY and live in San Diego where I frequent some of the nicest beaches in the US. This one blows them all awsay!!. The Big beach is long and very, very uncrowded. Water is warm and crystal clear....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ManOLaJolla
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful beach , tons of people. GO early in the morning before it gets packed. Then leave otherwise its a jungle out there. Also the undertow is seriously dangerous!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank blondie1171957
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good parking, quiet, peaceful, off the beaten path. Food truck in parking lot and near entrance. Lovely spot to relax.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ann C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place exceeds all of my expectations, I couldn’t be more impressed with the cleanliness and expansive room on the beach.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gentry696
Reviewed October 26, 2018

This beach is what most folks think of when they think of a Hawaiian beach. Cornmeal sand, wide and framed with a rocky hillside all around. Its a great place to spend the day.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank neallord
Reviewed October 18, 2018

This is a very nice beach. I waded in a bit but the currents were strong. The water was beautiful and warm. You need to listen to the lifeguards !! When we were there they advised everyone to not use boogie boards, etc. because of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Suz1130
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

The first time we went here was years ago. We visit it when we are in Maui. The sand is like corn meal and water is something you see and can't believe. The is huge surf that breaks on the edge of the beach. There...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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June 3, 2018|
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Response from Kosta-Macedonia | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not a place for kids surfing.
April 19, 2018|
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Response from englishlady_12 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a shower and toilets
October 24, 2016|
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Response from jduchar | Reviewed this property |
Yes, at Makena landing