South of Kihei and Wailea on Maui, the snorkeling at Maluaka Beach Park is locally known at Turtle Town. At Maluaka Beach, the snorkelers are treated to the best and most consistent dive spot for observing green sea turtles yearround. The best time for snorkeling Turtle Town is early morning on a calm day after several days of without rain. Luckily, the winds are usually calm at Maluaka Beach, which means great day long snorkeling.
The best snorkeling on Maluaka Beach is to the south off the rocks where there is nice coral and plenty of marine life. While snorkeling, you may also encounter trumpetfish, butterflyfish, angelfish, octopus, moray eels and triggerfish.
To reach the snorkeling on Maui by air, you will need to fly into Kahului Airport (OGG) which is located in the middle of the north coast of Maui. It is served by direct flights from the mainland US and also by inter-island flights from several other Hawaiian Islands by regional carriers. It is recommended to rent a car at the airport in order to reach the best Maui snorkeling spots.
To reach the Maluaka Beach snorkeling from Wailea, head south on Makena Alanui Road. Turn right heading west on Honoiki Street to the end. Turn left heading south on Makena Road to the end just before reaching the northside of the Makena Beach Resort. There is some limited on-street parking available, and the entrance to the beach is about 300 feet south of the parking area. Alternately, on the southside of the Makena Beach Resort, there is a larger free parking lot available.
While Maluaka Beach Park is known as THE Turtle Town, many snorkelers will call several other nearby dive spots from Makena Landing Park to Black Sand Beach to Nahuna Point/Five Graves as turtle town. But, Maluaka is the most consistent and usually the most private.
Overall, Maluaka Beach Park is the 6th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 21 snorkeling dives in Maui.