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“Best beach in South Maui!!”
Review of Maluaka Beach

Maluaka Beach
Ranked #4 of 43 things to do in Wailea
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

pros : easy snorkeling--nice corals and turtles
kids-friendly boogie boarding beach
beautiful view!
cons : summertime South swells

3  Thank MadameY
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Although there isn't a huge amount of sand space, this is a fantastic beach with great snorkeling and a fair amount of shady spots. It' s situated a short walk from the parking, showers and washroom. I saw a very large sea turtle on my trip.

Thank Swilk55
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Pretty beach, get there early as people are convinced they will see turtles (we did not). The southern end has the better snorkeling, and its calm in the early a.m. Southern end also has a giant tree that provides shade if you don't have an umbrella. The beach is just a bit south of Makena resort, but its smaller size gives you the sense that its more private. Right off the beach is a rinse/shower area along with full bathrooms. The construction tells me this will become more crowded as the project is finished, so enjoy it now. You can't go wrong here for a pretty, relaxing morning.

1  Thank StRaymond
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

We spent about an hour snorkeling here and were in awe of all of the sealife - moorish idols, threadfin butterflyfish, coronetfish, pufferfish, humuhumunukunukuapua'a but were especially wowed when a 4 foot long green sea turtle swam by out of nowhere! We spent about 5 minutes snorkeling alongside it and got some incredible photos and an experience of a lifetime!

5  Thank kooop
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

There are a string of five beaches along a mile and a half stretch of shoreline known by various names. They are most commonly referred to as Polo Beach, Palauea Beach, Po'olenalena Beach, Chang's Beach and Maluaka Beach (from north to south). The beaches are wonderful, quiet, sanctuaries, well worth exploring.

We came down from the northwest, Ka'anapali Beach, to go snorkeling for the day. The snorkeling was fantastic; and moreover, the beaches were beautiful, pristine, and empty. We saw through the crystal clear water twelve Green Sea Turtles, two White Spotted Eagle Rays, hundreds of colorful tropical fish, and numerous varieties of brilliant coral all in one snorkeling trip from the southern tip of Po'olenalena Beach to a place just north of Maluaka Beach called Five Caves and back. It took us nearly two hours to complete. It was the BEST single snorkel outing of my life. I snorkeled and scuba drove all over the world. The only other places that came close for snorkeling were a few shallow reefs off the coast of Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea. If you have a waterproof camera, bring it with you. You will take some amazing photos. This area is called "turtle town" by the tour boat companies, because of the abundance of sea turtles.

Don't pay a tour boat company to take you snorkeling. You can do it all from shore at a cost of ZERO! In between snorkel expeditions the stunning beaches are terrific places to work on your suntan. Since you are on a immaculate sandy beach, it is easy to get and in out of the water with your snorkel gear. These locations are ideal for beginners and advanced snorkelers alike. Be mindful of the water conditions. Early Morning is definitely the optimal time to go snorkeling. The water can get a little choppy in the afternoon. My two teenaged daughters loved to play in late morning surf just offshore. The sand is perfect for wading into the waves.

I highly recommend "Maui Revealed - The Ultimate Guidebook" by Andrew Doughty. Mr. Doughty does a superb job providing the reader detailed reviews of all the natural wonders on and around the island, and more importantly, how to get to them. The sections on snorkeling and beaches are spot on. It is by far the best tour guide and activity book for Maui that I have come across. A must read for any would be Maui vacationers.

If you are looking for a gorgeous and tranquil set of beaches with unsurpassed snorkeling, than this is the spot for you.

7  Thank GMann003
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