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Maluaka Beach

190 Makena Rd, Makena Beach Resort, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753-8434
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Hidden Gem

Love this beach as it is harder to get to, lots of incredible sand, not too much coral in the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Beautiful Beach

This beach was my first time in the water while visiting Maui. It is also a breach where many... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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“turtle town” (34 reviews)
“makena resort” (11 reviews)
“south end” (13 reviews)
190 Makena Rd, Makena Beach Resort, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753-8434
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this beach as it is harder to get to, lots of incredible sand, not too much coral in the water, but places to go to on the south end where you can find plenty of snorkel places. It's quiet, peaceful and incredible views. Lots...More

Thank bored72
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This beach was my first time in the water while visiting Maui. It is also a breach where many people marry. My neice was married here and while we were swimming we watched many a couple tie the knot. It is gorgeous with soft sand...More

Thank Parrish21
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went south to find some calmer waters, since ours up by Ka’anapali were wild. We decided to come here since we had been to Keawala’i Church in the past. We were delighted to find the water was calm, it was rather...More

Thank Matt M
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This beach is also known as Turtle Town in various sites and publications. This is a public beach that can be accessed from either end of the location where there is free parking readily available. To get to the location to put in closest to...More

Thank Eric V
Reviewed 30 September 2017

I searched internet for the best places in Maui for snorkeling. Turtle Town is on the top five list. Turtle Town is located at the end of Maluaka Beach. I saw only one turtle from 8:30 am to 10am. Fishes swimed away fast before I...More

Thank FaCool
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Not much to say about this beach - small, quiet, nice water, good for a picnic and a quick swim. If I had to choose, then I would rather head on to Big Beach which is not far from here.

Thank HeddiL
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped in at this beach for an early morning snorkel and had the snorkelling area almost to ourselves. There is a nice reef on the left hand side that many of the tour companies use as their "turtle town". We only saw one turtle...More

2  Thank Erin D
Reviewed 22 August 2017

This has been a favorite place to go for sunset for many years. Recently (since Discovery purchased the old Makena Resort and much of the property around it) we have had security guards approach us after sunset trying to get us to leave by moving...More

Thank mauiskychick
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Nice sand, nice warm water, a couple of parking options and rest rooms. What more could you ask for?

Thank NUFCadl
Reviewed 29 July 2017

We spent most of one full day at this wonderful, clean, not-too-busy beach. We couldn't tear ourselves away from the snorkeling and most of all the turtles. We counted seeing 16 of them that day. Most were close to shore feeding on the rocks. It...More

1  Thank Jill F
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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
31 August 2017|
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
28 March 2016|
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