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Turtle Reef Kayak Tour of Makena, Maui
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Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

Makena Beach is breathtaking. The surf was pretty rough & good for body boarding. We saw a few turtles here. Downfall: no alcohol is permitted on Hawaii beaches. So know that in advance. We began the short walk down the path with our cooler only to read a big sign that said "No Alcoholic Beverages". It was humorous, actually, because the path to the beach reeked of someone smoking marijuana. That being said, not sure if the rules are enforced or not.

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed April 2, 2017

You really have to visit Makena if you're on the south shore of Maui. It is stunning, beautiful and alluring. BUT as with any Maui beach, BE CAREFUL - the surf is unpredictable and powerful. I donated a pair of eyeglasses to the ocean there, because I forgot for a moment, how surprising and intense the waves can be. And watch your kids carefully!

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank David L
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Reviewed March 31, 2017

Nice beach on the southwestern end of Maui. When drive in, miss the first parking because it get full first and go to the second one. The beach although with smaller waves is dangerous for small children as it gets deep right away and even small swell makes strong back current. The guards are on the ball and watch very closely . They would make announcements and remind people to kkep clear of the break.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed March 29, 2017

This beach is huge, so even with lots of people there it doesn't feel crowded. The waves break right at the shoreline here, which makes it a lot of fun, but also more dangerous, so you need to be careful. Definitely a beach where you need to pay attention near the shore because it can knock you down if you aren't ready for the waves. My younger children had a hard time swimming here because they were a little too short to get out where the waves can go past them, and they couldn't touch the bottom a lot of the time, but they loved playing at the shoreline and in the sand. The waves did knock us into some rocks here and there. The snorkeling is good here, and we saw a couple of turtles swimming right near the shore as well.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed March 25, 2017

Visited March 19, 2017. Sand is not powdery or anything like that; some of the sand is quite course...some is fine; consistency varies. There is steep shelving on much of the beach, especially the southern section Sometimes the waves can be fierce; when you couple this with the rough wave action, think twice about leaving escorted children playing in the surf. The water is pretty clear unless mud has been stirred up. There is good snorkeling and a lot of turtles. There was a fatal shark attack recently. There are two life guard towers and two parking lots and a third walking entrance which people use when they don't feel like an endless trek up the beach. Toilets are in the parking lots and the third entrance. They were not totally disgusting; just merely disgusting. Sometimes there are food trucks in the lots. At the south end there are a lot of shade trees and a shortcut to the road, hence the name Third Entrance. When the parking lots are full park beside the road here and hike a short way to the beach. A little north of Makena Beach is the unofficial nude beach, known as Little Beach (Pu'u Olai)...it's not signposted and it's a hike from the first Parking Lot across Makena and over the edge of the cinder cone; it gets crowded at the weekends. Same with Makena, also called Big Beach (Oneloa), it can be quiet on weekdays. Lots of people had dogs running free; and yes, they poop on the beach. A lot of beach-goers enjoys various boards. The lifeguards were pretty alert and placed temporary warning signs on the beach when the water got too rough. In the distance we counted eight whale spouts in a row out towards Lanai...better that the whale cruise we took yesterday! Regardless of the official closing time, people often stay late to view the superb sunset. No drinking water available. Pick up everything you need at the Safeway in Kihei on Piikea Ave off the Piilani Hwy.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Jerry M
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