It is actually pretty easy to get to Makena Cove, if you know what you’re looking for!
It requires little walking.
Once you see the path to Makena Cove, the beach it practically right there!
Makena Cove is free. There is no beach entry fee.
You could say this beach is hidden in plain sight!
If you didn’t know any better, you could be driving along in South Maui, and pass right by it not thinking anything of it!
But what’s behind that wall…?!
A beautiful public beach with beautiful ocean views!
👆 Map of where Makena Cove is located on Maui. Explore the map.
This is called Makena Cove (it’s also been called Secret Cove), not to be confused with Makena Beach, which is a part of Makena State Park and a grand pretty expansive beach (that actually has 2 sections with a “big beach” and the also hidden “little beach“).
Can you get to Makena Cove by bus?
Makena Cove is 4.5 miles away from the bus stop.
So for most people, this probably isn’t walking distance, and this would mean that you can’t get to Makena Cove by bus.
So, driving is the best way to get to Makena Cove!
More below of what you can see at Makena Cove!
- Majestic Haleakala sunrise tour
- Molokini snorkeling tour on a 3-deck catamaran (Ma'alaea Harbor is open)
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More photos of Makena Cove! (Pa’ako Cove)
And there’s a beach to consider visiting in South Maui!
Make it a day trip to South Maui!
- Things to do in South Maui (make it a snorkeling + beach day!)
- Maui lava fields (there’s one in South Maui!)
For another quieter beach on Maui that gets less tourists, try Ironwoods Beach! This is located in West Maui on the Kapalua Coastal Trail. Makena Cove is sometimes referred to as a photography spot for couples, and the same goes for Ironwoods Beach.
HAPPY BEACH TIME AT MAKENA COVE!
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The ultimate beach towel for travel?!Turkish towels are considered to be more absorbent and lightweight than your average beach towel. Be sure to check out turkish towels like these!
The cheapo way to waterproof your phoneYou can take underwater pictures with a simple waterproof phone case like this. Touch screen may not work well underwater - try the volume button to snap the pic instead!
Get your suitcase more organized!Packing cubes can make it so you're spending less time on your vacation looking for things! They are basically a form of drawers in your suitcase. Take a look at these packing cubes.
Wear less sunscreen by wearing a UPF swim shirt!Wearing a swim shirt means less skin that's exposed to the sun which means less sunscreen you need to apply! See about wearing swim shirts with UV protection like these when you're snorkeling.
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