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Maluaka Beach

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

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Swam with a Sea Turtle!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank LoveToTravelSamson
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank H L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although slightly out of the way, Makena beach is a welcoming attraction to anyone traveling with younger (under 6yrs) children. Parking near the beach (15-20 feet away) is very limited with there only being 5-6 spots, however down the road there is a larger parking lot. It becomes a 2-3 minute walk, so be sure to drop everything off instead... More 

Thank Ry W
Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came here to snorkel and I have to say it doesn't compare to Honolua Bay, which is totally awesome. This beach is nice with the shades from the trees but coming here to snorkel wasn't great. I snorkeled at 9:00 am but the current was pushing me and the fish around so I stopped after 30 minutes. There weren't... More 

Thank Sarah L
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

I Googled beaches in Maui before leaving home and a photo of Maluaka popped up and I knew I had to visit! I think this beach is so beautiful. Loved that there were shady spots. Parking nearby. Even more beautiful in person.

Thank Jpan99
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

We went to several beaches but this was our favorite because it had everything. Restrooms nearby, lots of sand, shade trees to sit under, clean, and plenty of coral and rocks to snorkel around. We did see sea snakes in the coral so we kept alert, but there were quite a few people in the water with obviously no problems.... More 

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