Turtle Town Maui is the long stretch of coastline in between Nahuna Point and Black Sand Beach in the southern district of Makena.
Although a large area, generally, most people who say ‘Turtle Town’ are specifically referring to Maluaka Beach. Why? Because Maluaka is the best snorkeling beach in the Turtle Town Maui area! It also happens to be my favorite place to snorkel on the south shore of Maui. Calm blue water filled with fish and marine life all along a white sand beach. As its name suggests, Turtle Town Maui is known for its high population of Hawaiian green sea turtles.
One of the beauties of Maluaka is the variety of activities for which the beach is suited. Maluaka is protected from Hawaii’s predominant trade winds because it’s hidden behind the mountain of Haleakala. Without the strong trade winds, the sea remains relatively calm and undisturbed. The calm water makes for great swimming, boating, and fishing. The snorkeling is easy and relaxed. The soft sand is perfect for tanning, relaxing, volleyball, and the kids.
To find the turtles, walk south down the beach until you get to the rocks at the end of the sand. The coral reef begins here. This is where you’ll find the fish and, of course, the turtles. The reef has a gentle slope so you’ll be able to find any swimming depth that’s comfortable for you.
Turtles are very comfortable in shallow water. Don’t make the mistake of only looking in the deep. They have no problem feeding on seaweed in only a few inches of water so keep your eyes open. Despite their name, Hawaiian green sea turtles are brown and their shells are easily mistaken for rocks when lying still. So, keep your eyes open and you might just be able to snap a great picture like this one!