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Maluaka Beach

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Address: 190 Makena Rd, in front of the Makena Beach Resort, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753-8434

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Nice beach and awesome for turtles

Less populated beach with parking (if early enough) and some good choices of spots to hang out for the day. Shade is available under various trees. The turtles are the stars of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Less populated beach with parking (if early enough) and some good choices of spots to hang out for the day. Shade is available under various trees. The turtles are the stars of this place and can be seen from above the water over on the right hand side of the beach by the rocks. Far better, though, is to snorkel... More 

Thank Harrison_F_Carter
Pasco, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hard to find, but such a gem! It is also called Turtle Town and well named because we saw six to the left of the beach. Great facilities available too!

Thank dbrown1988
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went snorkeling at this beach area which is near a no outlet. The waves were too strong for me to snorkel so we started driving north a bit when we saw a bunch of cars pulled over to another area and people were swimming,etc.. We pulled in and got our snorkeling gear. To our surprise and excitement, there were... More 

Thank OregonChickie
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The most beautiful beach and great coral for snorkelling and turtles ( don't get too close it upsets them) park opposite the little Church almost as far as the road goes.

1 Thank jane I
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Excellent beach for swimming and good snorkeling if you head to the south end of the beach. My husband and I did a short swim to the large rocks at the the south end of the beach and found a friendly Hawaiian sea turtle to hang out with-super cool. He was so close that we had to try hard not... More 

2 Thank ChiJen26-2
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Maluaka was our best South Shore snorkeling experience during our May 2016 trip. Many other South Shore beaches were way too rough this trip due to south swell and considerable winds. But I've read that Maluaka is very protected since it's in the shadow of Haleakala. That was certainly our experience. The beach is in front of what was formerly... More 

Thank studying4vacation
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

There are two ways to get to this beach, so our experience is coming from the northern end by the old church. This is a nice spot with some shade available. There were lots of kids boogie boarding and splashing in the shallows in the middle of the beach. We came for the snorkeling. It was beautiful because it's Maui... More 

Thank Brandy D
Wallingford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

We drove an hour out to this beach because we were told it is known as 'turtle town' and has great snorkeling. I'm not sure what the problem was but we saw barely any fish, let alone any turtles. There is very minimal parking and then there is a long walk to the beach. Once you get to the beach,... More 

Thank Amanda S
Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

it is really treacherous, NO lifeguards. The surgeons & nurses at Maui Memorial Hospital called this whole area: "The Washing Machine" for a good reason. Lots of tourists end up in the emergency room with severe wave injuries.

1 Thank LoveToTravelSamson
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

Parking is limited and smaller beach. So families and ppl need to be in closer proximity and waves come close to the shore so limited space. But so nice and beautiful still.

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