Maui's Best Snorkeling Beaches - Maluaka Beach
Maluaka is one of our favorite beaches in South Maui. It’s a peaceful spot in a beautiful setting and offers some of the best snorkeling on Maui. Its wide stretch of sand is bordered by the lush grounds of The Makena Beach and Golf Resort and is relatively uncrowded compared to many Maui beaches.
For a snorkeler, it's hard to get much better. There’s an abundance of great coral, a wide variety of fish, and dramatic underwater seascapes with ravines, arches, and hidden caverns. We think it's the perfect place for a morning snorkel followed by a day of picnicking, swimming, and enjoying the beach.
To top it off, Maluaka's expansive reef is home to one of Maui’s famed “Turtle Towns,” where excursion boats often bring paying customers —yes, it’s that good. If you decide to go, you'll also find Maluaka Beach offers showers, bathrooms, and a reasonable amount of parking.
For snorkel routes, candid advice, and detailed maps of Maluaka and all of Maui's best beaches, pick up a copy of Mask, Fins, & Snorkel: The Adventure Guide to Maui's Best Snorkeling. If you're on the island, visit The Makena Mercantile. It's inside The Makena Beach and Golf Resort located just above Maluaka Beach. It's one of several island locations where you can buy our snorkel guidebook.