You may not have heard of Maluaka Beach before, and for good reason—it is often mistakenly referred to as Makena Beach. In fact, four of the beaches in the Wailea area are referred to as Makena Beach, which makes finding the right one a difficult process. Maluaka Beach fronts the Makena Beach & Golf Resort, with excellent views of Molokini and Kaho'olawe, the so-called 'target island'.
The center of the beach is best for swimming, providing a thick padding of sand for safe water entry and exit. On the left side of the beach you can find shade, potentially a welcome sight on a hot Maui day, as well as restrooms, showers, and picnic tables. The left side of the beach is also a prime spot for snorkeling, with very good coral formations, bright tropical fish, and loads of turtles. In fact, the area is considered part of a famous turtle town – a section of the reef that serves as a home for many of the gentle giants. Don't be surprised to see a snorkel boat anchored off the beach, off-loading its paying customers to dive into the same spot that you can reach for free. If the left side of the beach gets too crowded, the right side offers good snorkeling as well.
Drive south along Makena Alanui Road. One-half mile past the Makena Beach & Golf Resort, turn right and head north on Makena Road. If the lot is full, trying parking on Makena Road just south of Honoiki Road.