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Makena Beach

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Address: South of Wailea, Maui, HI
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US$ 85.00*
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South Maui Kayak and Snorkel Tour with Turtles
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US$ 106.45*
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Maui South Shore Kayak and Snorkel Tour
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Paddle, Snorkel and Learn to Surf - All in a Day on Maui

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Surprisingly nice spot

We didn't know much about Makena but we had heard good things from someone who recently visited. While we stayed in Wailea, we stopped by this area and it was really so pretty... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Washington, Michigan
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Washington, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't know much about Makena but we had heard good things from someone who recently visited. While we stayed in Wailea, we stopped by this area and it was really so pretty and not as fancy as the Wailea beach area. I would probably still stay in Wailea next time, but this was a pretty nice surprise.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of the major hotel beaches and Makena Beach offers a great secluded area with gorgeous sand and water. We loved the retreat! (We had a rental car, so that helped as we drove out to the furthest area of Makena Beach)

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Sedona, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just another perfect beach in Maui. Plenty of parking and not too crowded either. Check out this perfect beach.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Known as "big beach" it was excellent. Life guards on duty who spotted the shark in the water and closed the beach for 2 hours as a precaution. Great idea to swim where there are lifeguards, that way you can focus more on the swimming and enjoyment of the water.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Get there early to find parking. Watch for big surf it can get you if your not ready. There are food trucks there that have good food. The beach is huge so you can easily find a spot to set your stuff.

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Spring Hill, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

This is the most beautiful beach I have ever seen! Beautiful blue water in front of you. Mountain directly behind you. Super soft sand. Plenty of rocks to attract aquatic wildlife for snorkeling. Great wave action! Distant views of other islands. You know you have visited a Hawaiian beach when you visit this beach! I cannot recommend this beach enough!... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Parking can be a bit of a problem (it's free) so get there early. Also, it seems that the wind picks up in the afternoon making relaxing uncomfortable. There is a bit of a walk from the parking area to the beach but not really far and well worth it. A big wide expanse of beach with beautiful blue water... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We were fortunate to witness the marriage ceremony of a loved one, on this beautiful beach. It's tucked away and secluded, not private. It is worth the time to find it. Grab a some eats and drinks at the ABC, toss out a towel and enjoy a beautiful sunset....we did.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

I was twice on this beach. On the last time i broke my spine (fortunately not disabled). The wave smashed my head on the ground and I couldn't do anyting. So instead to the next island I went to the hospitel for the next four weeks. In total I needed six months to recover.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

If you are in the south part of Maui near sunset, you have to check out makena beach. Be careful of the shore break and the big waves. The sunset is phenomenal.

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