Makena Landing Park
Makena Landing Park
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Clifftonite
Oakland, CA202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This is actually pretty cool but small spot. Our group went to Haluaka beach to try to snorkel and stuff like that but that beach doesn't show you too much unless you get close to the rocks (that's where the reef is btw).

So we tried to get to close as turtle town as possible, but do yourself a favor, if you value your life, don't go off the lava rocks unless you are a damn good swimmer. Looks dangerous.

So the next best step is Makena Landing and it's small. Small beach area, but there's decent snorkeling there. There are turtles here too so you don't really have to go all the way out to turtle town!
Written October 5, 2021
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roderick M
128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The beach at Makena Landing has hard packed sand with lava rock formations on either side of the small bay here. When the rollers are not crashing on shore too violentlly, it is a great place to snorkel with a good sandy entry. There are numerous green sea turtles foraging along the shoreline where you can swim amongst them. It is a very picturesque part of the coastline where the cinder cone Puu Olai fills the far end of this stretch of beaches. There is a Black Sand beach near the foot of Puu Olai and a trail up the 350 ft cinder cone with views of Little and Big Beaches. On the right side of parking lot facing the ocean is a gravelly cove where green sea turtles haul up to gather the warmth from the rocks. I saw 12 there on one particular morning. The are around here, about six miles south of Kihei, is called Turtle Town. Well worth the trip to a less travelled area near Wailea.
Written July 15, 2022
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lisakeg
Allentown, PA273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Came here as the second part of a snorkeling tour. It was fantastic spot with coral, fish and many turtles. Two turtles
were face to face with me and grazed me. Super experience.
Would go back myself again.
Written June 27, 2021
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luvsroadtrips
Marysville, WA96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Of course everyone knows about Big Beach & Little Beach (the nudist beach) aka Makena Beach, but Makena Landing? I learned about this through an app I downloaded Gypsy travel Maui, and decided to take the guides advice and turn down this road. What a delight, gorgeous place and very quiet only a few locals, lot's of parking, shade, and beach. I'll put this on my list to return to for certain!
Written August 8, 2019
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Saskheat
Saskatoon, Canada1,553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one of my favourite shore dives in Maui. I did it 3x this trip. It is also known as Turtle Town, Five caves, bubble cave and 5 Graves. They all refer to this general area and the corresponding rocky point in the ocean. (5 caves/graves bay is actually 100 m north). The street signs will call this Makena Landing.

Here's the skinny:

There's a small beach here, a parking lot with room for about 2 dozen cars, a couple of BBQ spots, and public restrooms with an outdoor shower. Some days kayak rentals show up too.

If u get here first thing after sun up you can sometimes find turtles napping on the shore in the small cove adjacent the far side of the entrance to the parking lot.

There is a gentle sandy bottom entry for diving. There really isn't much to see at the boat launch/ entry point. The good stuff is a 200m surface swim away around the rocky point on the north side of the bay . Around the corner there are 3 medium sized bays with good coral in anywhere from 9-20' of water. You can't go 50' in any direction without seeing turtles around the point. On the 1st bay dive down and look under the ledges for small white tip reef sharks snoozing during the day. If the water is really murky and u cant see the bottom and your'e snorkelling not scuba diving, I'd consider trying elsewhere like Ahihi 10 min south of here . This area can get tiger sharks hunting turtles and I know of one attack on a snorkeller here in 2012. Don't let that stop you if things are clear and calm, shark attacks are an extreme rarity. Once again this Is my favourite and it's safe if the water is calm and clear. I'd consider this an intermediate snorkelling skill location and an intermediate shore scuba dive. There is no lifeguard so if you are a weak swimmer, GO ELSEWHERE!

Try Makena Landing , if you dive/ snorkel it's a must do.

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Written December 6, 2014
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Ryan
Charlotte, NC604 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Snorkeling is much better on the right side of the bay, which leads out towards the Turtle Town area. There’s also a nesting area through the trees. The beach is small but there’s shade, free parking, bathrooms, and fantastic snorkeling.
Written July 30, 2020
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Pixxidix
Berlin, Germany742 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
At this place you are almost guaranteed to see turtles. Go to the Makena Landing Parking lot. on the left side there is a small beach, you can stay there to swim and snorkel and are likely to see turtles there. Good spot also to view the sunset. on the right side of the parking lot (when facing the sea), there is a small alcove behind a fence. Don't go in the alcove as to not disturb the turtles, but there are almost always turtles sleeping it of on the sand.
Written November 13, 2015
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travelingmomNYC
NYC91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
The snorkeling here doesn't compare to that at La Peruse (Paruse?) but we loved this little park. It's perfect for a picnic, and there are feral chickens running around (some followed by chicks), and at the north end of the park, through the trees, is a spot where sea turtles congregate. It's also free to park and not crowded, and very calm little cove for snorkeling.
Written September 2, 2018
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PostcardPassenger
New York City, NY233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This little cove has a lot to offer. We originally were headed to ‘turtle town’ but once we got there, there were literally only 4 parking spots (occupied) so we went to the next available beach. And, while I can’t compare the beaches directly, I’m happy we ended up at Makena Landing Park. There are quite a few free parking spots, a bathroom, and showered to boot! The cove has a lot of big boulders and a small-ish beach. The walk into the water is nice because it has a gradual slope into its depths-which is nice when you’ve got on fins! There are a lot of coral reefs along the right-the rocky side of the cove. There’s another, larger reef out to the left, towards the rocks in the distance. We were lucky to see a couple of large green sea turtles. And we saw a ton of fish. Great little snorkeling spot.
Written August 28, 2018
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Richard K
Marietta, GA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Drove by, found easy parking, asked where we could see turtles and saw about 5 lounging on the rocks. A very nice person who lived nearby allowed us into her gate to get a better view. Mahalo!!
Amazing place to snorkel or shore dive.
Written October 25, 2020
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