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Makena Landing Guide

By January 3, 2024 No Comments
Makena Landing Beach Guide Overview

A small park with good facilities and easy access to snorkeling and paddle boarding.

Makena Landing

Makena Landing is a beautiful coastal area that is popular with water explorers located in South Maui. While it’s not a traditional beach for hanging out on, Makena Landing offers a picturesque rocky shoreline, clear waters, and excellent opportunities for various water activities.


Makena Landing MapDirections and Distance from Auntie Snorkel 


Parking and Access

  • As you head south on Makena Road, the houses come to an end and you see a parking lot on the right. Turn there and park.
  • Access to the beach is just a short, easy walk from the parking lot, towards the restrooms and showers. 

Facilities and Amenities

  • The area is relatively undeveloped, and there are limited amenities, aside from restrooms and showers, so visitors should come prepared with their own supplies, including food and drinks.
  • There is no lifeguard at this location. 

Wide view of Makena Landing

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Snorkeling at Makena Landing

Going snorkeling at Makena Landing.

Snorkeling and Surf

  • Makena Landing is renowned for its excellent snorkeling opportunities. The crystal-clear waters and rocky outcrops make it an ideal location for snorkelers to observe an array of colorful fish and marine life.
  • This is the “Turtle Town” spot that many boats visit, and you might even see a boat or two stop by while you’re there. For the best snorkeling here, swim along the rocky outcropping to the north. 
  • Makena Landing features a rocky shoreline with tide pools and lava rock formations. These rocky areas provide a unique opportunity for exploration and observation of marine life in the tide pools, even for non-snorkelers.
  • On calm mornings, stand-up paddle boarding is a great way to explore Makena Landing and the surrounding area. However, be aware that the wind can pick up strongly and quickly from late morning through the day, so the earlier you go out the better.

Water entrance at Makena Landing

Water entrance at Makena Landing.

Environment and Seasonal Variation

  • Makena Landing is calm and beautiful most mornings year round. It is common for the wind to become strong and gusty from the middle of the day. So, this area is best early. 
  • Summer south swells are most likely to bring waves and impede underwater viewing conditions, or even be dangerous. Winter will have more flat, calm water days. 
  • It’s important for visitors to respect the local rules and regulations, including not touching or damaging the coral, not collecting or harassing marine life, and not disturbing the natural habitat.

Remember to respect the natural beauty and environment of Makena Landing by leaving no trace and following any posted rules and regulations. Makena Landing is a great place for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts who appreciate exploring tide pools, snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking in a less crowded and more natural setting. Its rocky shoreline and marine life make it a unique and adventurous destination for those looking to explore the underwater world of Maui.

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About Auntie Snorkel

Auntie Snorkel shop has been serving Maui’s fun seekers for over 33 years, established in 1985. We're the original South Maui Snorkel Shop. When I bought the shop 10 years ago from Auntie, we decided to keep the name. The name "Auntie" is a term of respect here in Hawaii. I'm living my dream. I get to meet awesome people from all over the world and share with them my love and knowledge of this magical island that I get to call home. We know all the spots. I have lived here since 2001. We're the true definition of a family owned and operated shop. I answer the phones and work the shop along with my family. When you shop with us you're supporting my ohana and for that I thank you!! Why go anywhere else? We're the friendliest, fastest, cheapest and our location is the most epic! Mahalo and Aloha”. ~Mark Noble (Owner & Maui Fun Expert)

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