Go on an adventure to one of the best spots to view turtles on Maui
With its gentle waves and abundant tropical marine life, Turtle Town is Maui’s hidden gem that simply cannot be missed.
Maluaka Beach can be found at the end of Makena Road, with its entrance just off the main street. If you weren Maluaka Beach can be found at the end of Makena Road, with its entrance just off the main street.
This beautiful beach is suitable for a variety of activities due to its location – because it is positioned behind Mount Haleakala this beach is guarded from predominant trade winds, assuring that the gorgeous sparkling waters remain calm. Additionally, the sand at this beach is soft – perfect for digging your toes into as you work on your tan under Maui’s radiant sun.
Free public parking is available in the lot across the street from the Keawalai Church, and there are showers and restrooms available a couple hundred yards north of the beach. This beach has no lifeguard on duty.
You may find yourself wondering, “How did this area earn the Turtle Town nickname?” Well, it is because there are an abundance of the protected Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles that call Turtle Town home! The turtles swim in both deep and shallower waters, as they have no problem dining on seaweed in only a few inches of water.
A lovely network of coral reefs can be found at Turtle Town. The reefs are home to an eclectic variety of stunningly colorful tropical fish. One type of
fish that live in the coral reefs at Turtle Town is the surgeonfish. A common sight to see is the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles going through a ‘turtle car wash’ where they have their shells cleaned by surgeonfish! These beautiful creatures have certainly learned how to live in amity with one another.
Aside from the colorful surgeonfish and friendly turtles, there is a plethora of other marine life that can be found here. Some of the awe-inspiring creatures you’ll find here are as follows:
Swimming at Turtle Town is a popular activity. From diving to snorkeling, people find themselves in awe of the amazing marine life found in the waters of Turtle Town. The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle may be found relaxing on the ocean floor, at their “turtle car wash”, or simply gliding effortlessly through stunningly clear waters.
Please remember, while it is exciting being near the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle they are still on the endangered species list and under federal protection. Those who attempt to ride, touch, feed, or in any way harass a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle will see themselves find up to $100,000 per violation, and may even receive jail time! It is recommended that you stay at least 15-feet away from the turtles when they are on land so as not to disturb them in the event that they are trying to sleep.
While you may not actively approach a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle whether on land or in the sea, they are allowed to approach you! Swimming slowly and calmly will create a scenario in which the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle will be more inclined to approach you.
Prepare yourself to make lifelong memories at this special South Maui location where honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) will swim by as though they were saying, “hello”, and you will be wowed by colorful tropical fish.