Makena Landing Beach Park is located in South Maui, and is a part of four beaches that surround the south shore bay (Maluaka Bay and Beach, Big Beach, and Po’olenalena Beach are the other three). This beach has a beautiful expanse of sand, and has incredibly scenic views. However, many people avoid this beach due to its small size and proximity to a side road with traffic noises.
Despite these drawbacks, this beach is still very beautiful and is great for fishing, snorkeling, and shore dives. There’s also showers and restrooms, making it a good beach for the family. The gently sloping sands and calm waters offer a good place for little ones to enjoy the beach, and it’s also a good place to learn to snorkel on a calm day.
Makena Landing Beach Park is also an alternate site for attempting the Five Caves dive (also known as Five Graves). Five Caves is a series of underwater caves known as an incredible snorkel spot with a lot of turtles. It’s not a site for beginners, as there is quite a bit of big surf here. Five caves is home to the well-known “Bubble Cave” (featured on National Geographic). This is a lava tube under around 12 feet of water, which recedes 50 feet into a chamber in which you can surface. If you remove your regulator, you’ll feel the air in the chamber “squeeze” as the surge comes and goes.
To access Makena Landing Beach Park, drive down Wailea Alanui, then turn right onto Makena Road. In about 3 miles, you’ll see the entry for the park.