As its name suggests, this spot is also a haven for endangered green sea turtles who spend their time resting beneath rocky ledges. Sea turtles are almost always a guarantee, and it isn’t uncommon to see three or four throughout your snorkel. In addition to sea turtles, there is a multitude of vibrant corals, colorful butterfly fish, eels, and even the elusive frog fish that is a master at camouflage. Manta rays and the occasional Hawaiian monk seal can also be spotted. There’s no shortage of spots to explore, and you can create your own adventure depending on how far around the point you want to go. Keep in mind, though, that the swim from Makena Landing to Nahuna Point can be tiring and should never be attempted without a flotation device.
Due to their popularity, both Makena Landing and Nahuna Point can become quite crowded. Crowds peak between 9:30-11:30am when large tour boats from Maalaea drop passengers in the water. A number of commercial kayak snorkel tours and stand up paddle boarding tours also operate out of Makena Landing. The most optimal time for snorkeling is early morning when winds are light and crowds are minimal. Occasionally during the summer large waves can create dangerous and less than optimal snorkeling conditions. Overall, Makena Landings is one of the best places on Maui to both snorkel and see turtles.