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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$ 75.00*
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Kayak and Snorkel - South Shore Turtle
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US$ 140.00*
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Paddle, Snorkel and Learn to Surf - All in a Day on Maui

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Fantastic snorkel beach

This is a beautiful beach with great views of Molikini and Lanai on clear days. The beach has good swimming for most levels close to shore. The area immediately in front of Makena... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Palo Alto, California
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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a beautiful beach with great views of Molikini and Lanai on clear days. The beach has good swimming for most levels close to shore. The area immediately in front of Makena Surf can get some bigger waves given the pitch of the shore, so little kids do need to be a little careful there. The snorkeling here is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Best beach we have seen on the islands. It's a state park, so no vending available. Beach was wide and clean. Wasn't overly busy when we were there. Surf was a bit aggressive, so need to keep an eye on the smaller kids. Bring what you will need, but a great beach to visit.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not for novice swimmers, Makena is pretty rough with big waves. But it is so beautiful, gorgeous crystalline sand and amazing views of land and coast. Lifeguard onsite, didn't see bathrooms other than a couple port-a-potties and no showers. I got stung on land by something here pretty bad, numbness and insane pain/swelling. Lifeguard took care of me with an... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ample parking Bathrooms on site Lifeguard on duty where the walk way enters the beach. Large and beautiful beach! Nice state park.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I saw a sea turtle while snorkeling! It was a beautiful and non-crowded beach. There were some construction sounds, but it was so nice, it didn't matter too much.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beach was huge compared to other beaches on Maui. It is a wide and sandy beach with plenty of room. While the parking lot looked full there was plenty of room on the beach to relax and get a little tanning plus swimming. Also a nice walk from one end to another.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Such a beautiful beach. Tons of beautiful, soft sand. This beach has a much wider sandy portion than many beaches I visited on Maui. Not a lot of shade, so bring an umbrella. Washrooms are available but a few minutes walk from the beach itself. Parking fills up early. Bring drinks and snacks. We saw humpback whales breaching here for... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need a car to go to this beach, a free parking and 5 minutes walk to a fabulous sandy beach. Bring your own umbrella and towel, not to many facilities or restaurant. There are some Food-Truck that sell hot dogs or sandwiches and drinks. I love this place the ocean water is so clear and refreshing.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were SHOCKED at how many beaches there were in Maui, and how easy it was to park at them. Free parking! At the beach! (This is a near-impossibility without a resident sticker in Massachusetts.) What we particularly liked about Makena Beach was the snorkeling to the right side of the beach, along with the sandy left side of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Makena Beach is a must see. It is beautiful and brings you close to nature. The Ocean is so pretty and the sand is clean. We will be back here on our next trip to Maui.

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