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190 Makena Rd, Makena Beach Resort, Wailea, Maui, HI 96753-8434
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All reviews turtle town fish makena resort south end sea turtles grassy area left hand side tour boats parking lot great snorkeling old church nice sand snorkel spot limited parking bathrooms and showers public parking body surfing
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Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Great beach for snorkelling and obviously where a lot the snorkelling tours go. We parked at the north end in the parking lot and just went out from the beach. We saw the Turtles in the centre of the bay where all the rocks and...More

4  Thank subnivean
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Now that the resort hotel next to this beach has closed, there are few visitors here. It was our own private beach for the day. Fresh water showers and a clean bathroom are available. Good snorkeling with plenty of fish and turtles.

2  Thank MrsKihei
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

Good snorkeling at the rocks halfway down the beach. Quite a few different types of fish. Water shoes help you to go a bit further. At the left side of the beach, towards the rocks, we swam with 2 turtles for a very long time....More

2  Thank Emma C
Reviewed 28 June 2018

This beach is calm relative to other areas around Wailea. It's further out so there are not a lot of people there, which is nice. Because the waves are relatively gentle here, it's easy to have a snorkel and mask to see the turtles eating...More

6  Thank wethere
Reviewed 27 June 2018

Maluaka Beach is nicknamed Turtle Town but there is a lot of debate over which beach is the "true" Turtle Town. Frankly, who cares? You can see turtles at plenty of Maui beaches and they're all great! Most important thing: Please don't litter and please...More

1  Thank DanielYoon727
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the beach. Plenty of public parking. Outside showers and decent bathroom. Saw lots of fish and one good size turtle. Shell was 2-3 feet long. Turtle was in 2 feet of water near the shore.

Thank Shelly W
Reviewed 25 June 2018

While we had seen a couple of turtles snorkeling we wanted to see if we could hit the jackpot at Turtle Beach - and it was well worth the time! The parking lot for the beach is actually 400 ft up from the beach entrance...More

3  Thank Bob D
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Great beach for snorkelling. You will see turtles here for sure. Snorkel the right side of the beach. It used to be a sandy entry there is the past but it must have been damaged in a storm. The sand is all washed away on...More

1  Thank heidi0613
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Great snorkeling. Spotted several green sea turtles. Kai Kanani trips leave from here. Nearly deserted weekdays but weekends bring snorkel groups and can get crowded.

1  Thank Alan H
Reviewed 16 June 2018

Yeah you have to park up the hill and its a little bit of a walk but there is a great lawn grassy area, nice bathrooms and showers and just enter the surf and head south to the rocks for tons of turtles!

1  Thank Ed M
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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
1 September 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
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