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190 Makena Rd, Makena Beach Resort, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753-8434
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Reviewed January 11, 2019

A beautiful, much less crowded, small beach. Snorkelling was wonderful- many fish and turtles. Family oriented and safe.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank beechwoodlife
Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

Took a bit of finding but worth the effort. Lovely beach with shower & toilet facilities. Didn't see any turtles but apparently they are often there & fish were not that abundant. Perhaps we were just unlucky.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Angel57
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

We went on a day that the ocean was VERY rough and the water was covering the whole beach. There was no sandy area you could stay at that you wouldn’t get wet. There is also NO parking. Not enjoyable.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BelaN74
Reviewed December 3, 2018

Beach is lovely, but parking is far up the road from the beach and it is a long hike to get to best spots on sand.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ManOLaJolla
Reviewed November 27, 2018

In Maui for a week with our own snorkel gear, we used a guidebook to try out numerous beaches. We had so many options, yet we came back to Maluaka a second time on our last day. First day off the left/east side of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank gazooby
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

Great beach for snorkelling and obviously where a lot the snorkelling tours go. We parked at the north end in the parking lot and just went out from the beach. We saw the Turtles in the centre of the bay where all the rocks and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

Now that the resort hotel next to this beach has closed, there are few visitors here. It was our own private beach for the day. Fresh water showers and a clean bathroom are available. Good snorkeling with plenty of fish and turtles.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank MrsKihei
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Good snorkeling at the rocks halfway down the beach. Quite a few different types of fish. Water shoes help you to go a bit further. At the left side of the beach, towards the rocks, we swam with 2 turtles for a very long time....More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Q6884JVemmac
Reviewed June 28, 2018

This beach is calm relative to other areas around Wailea. It's further out so there are not a lot of people there, which is nice. Because the waves are relatively gentle here, it's easy to have a snorkel and mask to see the turtles eating...More

Date of experience: June 2018
6  Thank wethere
Reviewed June 26, 2018

Maluaka Beach is nicknamed Turtle Town but there is a lot of debate over which beach is the "true" Turtle Town. Frankly, who cares? You can see turtles at plenty of Maui beaches and they're all great! Most important thing: Please don't litter and please...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Lepeka G
Aloha, My family is a resident on the road accessing Maluaka Beach. Our family is part Hawaiian with property passed down. Residents have rights too such as for PEACE and quiet especially at night so there are legal signs posted no parking allowed after 8pm which is well after dark. Legal signage also states no parking before 7am for the same reason. I truly believe people do not realize the noise that is carried back from water inland including road noise. We hear EVERYTHING. Conversation, screams, crying, arguments, drunks cursing, car engines, car doors, car horns when locking the cars, car horns when they set off their alarm, trunks slamming, blasting music with open windows, scooters buzzing, motorcycles roaring and even worse the straight piped motorcycles that stop all conversation until they are gone. Then after dark we experience headlights shining into our home/bedroom as people prefer to turn around in the road rather than drive a few yards to properly turn around in the culdesac. There is a severe issue with speeding on this tiny curvy road with constant pedestrians, bicyclists and pets. Not only is this a safety issue but the faster one goes, the louder the sound. What's the rush? My cat was hit breaking her pelvis and recently I buried a feral orange tabby I had been feeding killed on the road. Over the years we have witnessed a shift in attitude. Not with all people but more and more it seems a disrespect and lack of consideration for the aina, the residents, well anyone around them. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" I'm sure we all desire PEACE and privacy in our homes. It's definitely a challenge here in Hawaii with open homes. Our old Hawaii home windows are screened without air conditioning so we cannot close out noise and light. It became so bad at night we made our storage room into our bedroom as it's behind the house plus we run a box fan to drown out car/people noise to have uninterrupted sleep. ALL that is being asked is to obey the law which is posted parking allowed between 7am and 8pm. aloha and mahalo nui loa
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Response from SRL1975 | Reviewed this property |
I truly respect that and agree with you. It was a privilege to be on that beach and even while there, I had a sadness to think that its pristine quiet will soon end with development that's encroaching. I can only imagine... More
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Response from U605QOlisam | Reviewed this property |
We just Google mapped Turtle Town Maui and it took us straight to the maluaka beach parking lot. We went once in the morning and once in the afternoon, both times we found a parking spot. There's a bathroom house on the left... More
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