Dubbed ‘Turtle Beach,’ this golden swath of sand behind Makena Beach & Golf Resort is popular with snorkelers and kayakers hoping to...
Keawalaʻi Congregational Church
One of Maui’s earliest missionary churches, its 3ft-thick walls were constructed of burnt coral rock. In the seaside churchyard take a...
For an eco-minded snorkel-kayak trip with an enthusiastic team of owner-operators, take a paddle with Aloha Kayaks. Owners Griff and...
Jawz Fish Tacos
Get your beach snacks – tacos, burritos, shave ice – at this food truck beside the northernmost Big Beach parking lot.
Maluʻaka Beach information
Dubbed ‘Turtle Beach,’ this golden swath of sand behind Makena Beach & Golf Resort is popular with snorkelers and kayakers hoping to glimpse the surprisingly graceful sea turtles that feed along the coral here and often swim within a few feet of snorkelers. You’ll find terrific coral about 100yd out, and the best action is at the southern end of the beach. Come on a calm day – this one kicks up with even a little wind, and when it’s choppy you won’t see anything.
Parking lots, restrooms and showers are at both ends of the beach. On the northern side, park at the lot opposite Keawalaʻi Congregational Church then follow the road a short distance south. If that lot is full, take the first right after the resort, where there’s additional parking.