Dubbed ‘Turtle Beach,’ this golden swath of sand behind the now-closed 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. Terrific coral is 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 a little wind, and when it’s choppy you won’t see anything.

Outdoor Activities activity

Haleakala Zipline Adventure

$125

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.