Welcome to Makena

The beaches are magnificent. The king of them all, Big Beach (Oneloa Beach), is an immense sweep of glistening sand and a prime sunset-viewing locale. The secluded cove at neighboring Little Beach is Maui’s most popular nude beach – you will see bare buns. Together these beaches form Makena State Park, but don’t be misled by the term ‘park,’ as they remain in a natural state, with no facilities except for a couple of pit toilets and picnic tables. And those rumors about the nude Sunday evening drum circle? Well…

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Makena activities

$75 Water Sports

Maui Makena Turtle Town Eco Adventure Kayak and Snorkel Tour

Meet your professional guides and small group of 8 people or less at South Maui’s Makena Landing, where you’ll be provided with a kayak, snorkel gear, life jackets, bottled water, and a snack. Following a short safety briefing, you'll set out for a relaxing paddle along the coast, relishing the area’s calm, clear waters and stopping along the water to snorkel and observe local marine life.You’re guaranteed to see some of Hawaii’s green sea turtles, along with occasional sightings of Manta and Eagle rays, octopus, eels, dolphins and even humpback whales (December - April).After three hours exploring Turtle Town's underwater wonderland, your tour concludes back at Makena Landing. 

$9.92 Transfers & Ground Transport

Kahului Airport (OGG) Shuttle Transfer to Maui Island Hotels

Wherever you are in Hawaii, you would want to know that you will get around quickly at an affordable price. That's why this tour should take care of your transportation needs for Kahului, Kihei, Wailea, Makena, Lahaina and Kaanapali. Service from the airport: A VIP greeter with green and white aloha shirt will be waiting for you at the baggage claim, and will have your name on a sign, assist you with your luggage, and escort you to your shuttle van. This service is free of charge and unique to this tour. It's this local operators way of saying "Mahalo" for choosing them. Service with Lei Greeting (Optional): Your friendly island greeter will welcome you with a warm “Aloha” and present you with a beautiful fresh flower lei — a symbol of aloha, welcome and love in Hawaii. You’ll feel like you have a friend on the islands as you are offered assistance to baggage claim or directions to your pick up location.

$283.99 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Maui Haleakala National Park, Hana Rainforest Helicopter Tour

Your helicopter tour of Maui's Hana Rainforest and Haleakala National Park takes off from Kahului. Before lifting into the air, get a brief orientation about the aircraft, meet your friendly pilot and buckle up. Then revel the exhilarating sensation of flying above this tropical island as you set out to see its diverse landscape from the best possible vantage point — the sky! While you soar above jagged cliffs, swoop past remote waterfalls and get an close-up look at the eastern side of the island, your pilot points out sights below. Look down on the lush Hana Rainforest through the helicopter's panoramic windows, see Old Hana Town and the Manawainui Valley, and then head to Haleakala National Park, home to the world’s largest dormant volcano, capped by a large space-like crater. On the journey back, enjoy the scenery around you: Gaze at the horizon of the sparkling blue Pacific, and see the cities of Kihei, Wailea and Makena and the island of Molokai in the distance. During the winter, keep your eyes peeled for humpback whales. Your tour ends when you return to the airport in Kahului.Please note: Per FAA regulations, all passengers 18 years and older will be required to show photo ID such as a driver's license or passport at the time of check-in.

$289.99 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Sunset Helicopter Flight: Maui, Molokai and Lanai

See an awe-inspiring sunset and stunning tropical vistas on a three-island helicopter tour from Maui. After checking in at the heliport, you'll meet your pilot and board a comfortable ECO-Star helicopter. First, you'll fly over Maui and it's lush coastlines. Then pass over the Pailolo Channel’s pristine waters as you journey to the second island. As you approach Molokai, you'll see a glimpse of its ancient fish ponds alive with brilliantly colored waters and inhabitants and iconic Elephant Rock.Your pilot will then whisk you away to Lanai. This tiny island is known for big panoramas such as Shipwreck Beach with its rusted World War II-era naval vessel famously stranded on a nearby reef.Before you return to Maui, pass over the partially submerged volcanic crater Molokini, stunning waterfalls and dense jungle landscapes. You'll also see the picturesque resort towns of Makena, Kihei and Wailea set against the backdrop of a tropical sunset.Please note: Per FAA regulations, all passengers 18 years and older will be required to show photo ID such as a driver's license or passport at the time of check-in.

$85 Water Sports

South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles

This tour consists of beautiful kayaking with views of Haleakala and the West Maui Mountains and fantastic snorkeling in an area with Green Sea Turtles in a three hour adventure! This tour departs from Makena. Makena is on the south side of Maui, just south of Kihei and Wailea into Turtle Town. Makena is consistently fantastic with calm, clear waters, great views, and guaranteed turtle sightings. Tucked in the lee of majestic Haleakala, Makena is rarely windy and has great snorkeling options from the novice beginner to the saltiest of sea dogs! Whales in the winter, turtles year round, and occasionally pods of dolphins make our Makena Turtle Adventure a guide and guest favorite!

$100 Water Sports

Clear Kayak and Snorkel Tour

This 3 hour tour meets up at Makena Landing Beach Park on Maui's south shore. Parking is street side so allow for some time to find parking and get ready. Meet up time is 7 am. Guests will receive a run down on safety and use of kayak, fish talk about what you might see while out on the water, kayaking over the reef, an optional snorkel portion, snacks, water and digital pictures (above and below water) of your trip. The unique clear kayaks give you bird's-eye-view of the reef and sea life or dive in for an optional guided snorkel to get a closer look. Price includes all kayak and safety gear, snorkel gear, snacks, water and photos. Previous kayak and snorkel experience is not required. Our tandem kayaks are weight limited at 400 lbs. Guests should bring towel, change of clothes, reef-safe sunscreen, bathing suit/clothes to get wet, sunglasses/hat. All other personal items should be left behind. Dry box available for medically-necessary items (inhaler, epipen, etc)