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“Tucked away and something for everyone”
Review of Maluaka Beach

Maluaka Beach
Ranked #5 of 40 things to do in Wailea
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Victoria, Canada
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Tucked away and something for everyone”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

If you find the surf too strong and high at Big Beach, and your vehicle can't negotiate the rutted Indiana Jones-like "road" to Black Sand Beach, then your family will appreciate Maluaka Beach, the first main beach north of the above, in the Makena area. There are two ways of accessing this beach. The southern access, via Makena Road, is a long walk to the beach from the parking lot. Instead, you might want to use the access from the north end. From the main Wailea-Makena highway, turn down Honoliki Street to a T-intersection at the bottom, and turn left (south). A short way down you will see a cute little church, Keawalai, across from which is the second parking lot. If you have gear to drop off, continue a short distance and find a small turnout right at the north end of the beach, where drop-off is permitted. You can bring your vehicle back to the parking lot and if you arrive in early to mid-morning you can find parking there. Bonus: there are washrooms and foot-showers at the lot entrance.

The beach has lots of sand for kids and families and great bodysurfing/boogieboard surfing. There is a reef at the north end with great snorkeling, at least in the morning. The water depth is good in that the reef is not too close to the surface. We saw the odd sea turtle, many varieties of tropical fish, moray eels, even octopus. As you step into the water to snorkel the reef, watch for rocks close in, often obscured by wave-tossed sand.

Visited July 2014
9 Thank Jgawth
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“Best snorkeling!”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

Beautiful beach and sunset. Best snorkeling I encountered on Maui, even including Honolua Bay! Colorful coral, abundance of tropical fish, turtles and rays. I could have snorkeled all day! The water was calm and crystal clear. Venture to the left and go out pretty far for best snorkeling. Beach chairs are complimentary if staying at Makena Beach Resort. There are some shaded areas so you can avoid the $25 umbrella fee. Sand is very soft and the beach entry is easy, not rocky at all. Sadly, Hawaii law is no alcohol on the beach, so tropical drinks must be enjoyed poolside only. Wonderful beach!!

Visited July 2014
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“Great beach for relaxing”
Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Lots of space on the beach when I was there, great sand and good view. Snorkeling wasn't the best were we were. Good beach to relax and read a book on.

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Boise, ID
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

This a great beach. There is a short walk from the parking to the beach. The snorkeling is great, there is a large area to snorkel and check things out. Saw turtles here both days we went to this beach, so that made the trip because we did not see any at the other places we went. Just have to watch out for the different conditions when you go there. The first time the conditions were perfect and the second time the swells were pretty good and made snorkeling a little bit of a challenge. Would recommend if you are looking to view some turtles. We drove down here from Lahaina.

Visited June 2014
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Hayward, California
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“Great place for beginner snorkelers”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

My family and I went to Maluaka Beach (aka Turtle Town) our first full day at Maui. We went in the early afternoon on a Wednesday, and the nearby parking lot had plenty of vacant spaces. There's a restroom by the lot, and an outdoor shower for rinsing off (these seme to be ubiquitous around beaches here). We took the short walk to the beach and were greeted by a gorgeous shore, perfect for snorkeling. Fortunately, the wind wasn't strong at all, so there was hardly any sea current by the beach. After donning our snorkeling equipment, we got into the water and explored the tropical sea garden just several meters from land.

There weren't too many people there, which allowed us to spread our stuff around a bit. Also, it made the water less crowded, so we were able to check out the coral, tropical fish, sea turtles, etc. without worrying about too many people around us. We felt safe leaving our car keys and phone on shore, but be sure to still keep them in a bag and visible to you while you're out in the water. Better yet, take turns staying on shore to keep an eye on your valuables. I've heard of people bringing a plastic bag or container and burying under the sand as a safety measure. Also, though it's tempting to slather on sunscreen before getting into the water, please don't. The chemicals are harmful to the coral and other sea life. Just monitor your time under the sun and take frequent breaks in the shade and drink lots of water.

At any rate, there aren't too many rocks or coral near the shore (at least during high tide), which made it very easy to wade out into deeper water and begin snorkeling. A couple of yachts dropped anchor further out, but they weren't close enough to disturb the nearby flora, and the passengers who went snorkeling from the boats didn't really come near our area. This beach was definitely our favorite snorkeling spot on Maui. If and when we return, we'll definitely come back here for more snorkeling in paradise.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank lewfer
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