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Maluaka Beach

190 Makena Rd, Makena Beach Resort, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753-8434
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Not Worth Coming To Snorkel

We had read that this was a good beach for snorkeling. On the day we visited the water was very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Andy W
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Ithaca, New York, United States
Great Waves - Nice Sand

This amazing beach in Wailea had some amazing wave action when we visited there. Nice sand and very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
EagerB
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Vernon, Canada
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“turtle town” (35 reviews)
“makena resort” (11 reviews)
“south end” (13 reviews)
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190 Makena Rd, Makena Beach Resort, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753-8434
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"turtle town"
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"makena resort"
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"south end"
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"sea turtles"
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"lots of colorful fish"
in 3 reviews
"left hand side"
in 3 reviews
"beautiful fish"
in 6 reviews
"parking area"
in 7 reviews
"parking lot"
in 13 reviews
"old church"
in 4 reviews
"nice sand"
in 6 reviews
"snorkel spot"
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"limited parking"
in 3 reviews
"great waves"
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"great spot"
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"public access"
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"marine life"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had read that this was a good beach for snorkeling. On the day we visited the water was very sandy (cloudy) and there did not seem to be a lot of fish or other ocean life around. We would not come to this beach...More

Thank Andy W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This amazing beach in Wailea had some amazing wave action when we visited there. Nice sand and very clear water. Parking a bit of an issue , but we found some a bit down the road.

Thank EagerB
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Try not to miss this one and try to get here before sunset so you can see the turtles that come up onto the beach! Since you are facing West Maui, the sunsets are a site to see here. There are so many turtles that...More

1  Thank Susan and Phyl T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a day at Maluaka beach and loved it. It was a bit cold and windy when we visited so we didn't snorkel but did play in the ocean though the water was a bit rough. We grabbed a picnic table on the bluff...More

Thank Mary-Leah M
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Reviewed March 15, 2018 via mobile

Great beach, designated parking lot is easy to miss. Amazing snorkeling experience, saw so many different types of fish and four turtles! Turtle town is the perfect nickname for this beach.

Thank Alex C
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Reviewed March 13, 2018

Just a quick 15 minutes South of Wailea and you'll be enjoying the quiet beach that is Maluaka Beach. Some opted to snorkel - I just parked it in the sand and enjoyed the view. You can drop people off and the turnout and then...More

Thank David D
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Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile

It’s actually our favorite beach on Maui. We set our chairs on the lawn overlooking the beach and felt like we had VIP seats on the beach. The snorkeling was easy and we hung out with a large, mellow turtle and lots of colorful fish....More

2  Thank Mike95128
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Reviewed February 16, 2018 via mobile

Spent a lovely morning at this beach with our toddler. The waves were pretty strong that day so no swimming but had fun jumping the waves and lots of boogie boarders on the beach. Missed the parking lot on the left (with small washroom and...More

3  Thank JCSRQ
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Reviewed February 12, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful soft sand beach with beautiful coral approximately 300ft off the beach . We saw so many tropical fish much more than the paid snorkel. Highly recommend.

3  Thank girliegirl42
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Reviewed February 8, 2018 via mobile

This is the third beach I've been too and have enjoyed it the most. Beautiful water, saw whales!!, but it was rather windy. We were there in the afternoon, around 2-4pm and it was just too windy and water too rough to go snorkeling. Other...More

1  Thank Ashley B
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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
August 31, 2017|
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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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canter2u
March 27, 2016|
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Response from Lisa M | 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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