Beach Location: Near 5400 Makena Alanui Road, Kihei HI 96753
Amenities: Outdoor showers, restrooms, picnic tables, trash and recycle bins
Time to snorkel: Year round
Kid Friendly: Yes
Parking: Going south on Makena Alanui Drive, pass the Makena Beach and Golf Resort. In about a quarter mile, turn right onto Makena-Keonionio Road and drive a short distance until the road ends. You have reached the parking lot! Walk down the path marked by the yellow poles, and take a left at the fire hydrant to find Maluaka Beach.
There is good snorkeling along the left side of Maluaka Beach. You are sure to witness the usual interesting marine suspects, including sea urchins, butterflyfish, and coronetfish. If you and your buddy are strong swimmers and advanced snorkelers, there is even better snorkeling if you swim farther out and to the left of the beach. Exploring right next to the coast around that point is definitely enticing, as well. If you go there, make sure not to get stuck in the shallows. Imagine: you are floating practically weightless, and then suddenly you’re picked up by a wave and deposited atop a lava outcropping – and its resident sea urchins. This writer experienced such a moment during a lapse in attention, and she would rather you did not have to do the same. (Waiting weeks for sea urchin spines to dissolve beneath one’s skin can be fairly uncomfortable.)
When you are out of the water, Maluaka Beach can provide some great fun. There are barbeque grills and a picnic table, a nice green lawn, and more grains of sand than you can count! Be ready with a football to toss or a frisbee to throw. And before you get there, we suggest considering potential architectural designs for the sand castles you may want to build. Have a great time!
Maluaka Beach Rating by Boss Frog's
Water Clarity - 7/10
Wildlife Abundance - 7/10
Reef Abundance - 7/10
Ease of Beach Access - 8/10
Sandy Beach For Entertaining - 10/10
Down Makena-Keonionio Road in Makena, and located directly in front of the Makena Beach and Golf Resort, is this stunningly beautiful beach. Great for strolling as well as snorkeling, this sandy stretch is sure to leave you smiling. Check out the reef on either side for colorful fish and other marine life!
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If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 1-808-661-3333.