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August 12, 2020

Maui Beach Portrait Locations – Maluaka Beach Highlight


Last Updated on April 30, 2024 by Karma Hill

If you’re looking for Maui beach portrait locations that highlight all of the beauty of the tropics, then look no further than Maluaka Beach! This Maui gem features a stretch of golden sands as far as the eye can see. Follow along and we’ll detail out what makes this spot truly spectacular!

Maui beach portrait locations

We’ve hand-selected this Maui beach portrait location for its epic waters and beautiful greenery. Maluaka Beach has two unique sides with an abundance of backdrops. Because of the long, sweeping shore, we recommend choosing just one side of the beach for your portrait session.

The north side of Maluaka Beach is overflowing with leggy trees, lava rocks, and a panoramic view of the ocean! Depending on the tide, sometimes this side of the beach is quite rocky.

The south side of the beach features a grassy hill, rocky embankments, and a sweeping view of all of Maui!

When choosing a Maui beach portrait location, you really can’t go wrong with either side of Maluaka Beach.

Maui beach portrait locations
Maluaka Beach
Maui beach portrait locations

Maui Beach Portrait Location Details

Maluaka Beach is in the Makena area of Maui. Beaches in this prime locale are often graced with rolling tides and churning seas.

  • 10 minute drive from Wailea (Maybe less, depending on traffic)
  • 1 – 1.5 hour drive from the west side.

If you select the northern side of Maluaka Beach, parking can be found on the street or in the small lot near Keawala`i church. If you park in the public lot it’s just a 3-5 minute walk to the beach.

Parking for the southern end can be found in a designated beach parking lot. From there, you’ll follow a sidewalk that leads to the sand.

Either way you’ll meet your photographer at the entrance to the beach.

Maluaka Beach
Maui beach portrait locations
This beautiful lush backdrop is on the North end of Maluaka beach.
Maluaka Beach

Other Considerations

  • This Maui beach portrait location has public restrooms and shower stations.
  • The islet of Molokini can be seen on the horizon.
  • This beach can get popular during prime season, but we’re almost always able to find a semi-private spot.
  • The ocean tends to be aquamarine.
  • Maluaka Beach offers some of the most spectacular scenery. Keep scrolling for more!
Maui beach portrait locations
Maluaka Beach
Maui beach portrait locations
This beautiful shot showcases the view from the South end of the beach. You can see all the way to the North end. Typically this beaches do have other beach goers but we will do our best to get them out of the picture for you!
Maluaka Beach
Maui beach portrait locations
The South end of Maluaka Beach also is adorned with lava rocks but also has a fun grassy area just before you get down to the beach (pictured below).
Maluaka Beach
Maui beach portrait locations
Maluaka Beach
Maui beach portrait locations

Like all south side Maui beach portrait locations, sunsets here are often take-your-breath-away beautiful. Weather permitting, the sun will set in a fiery splash or a gentle hush of pastel.

If you’d like to see more beautiful locales, come see all of our Maui beach portrait locations! And, of course, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us!

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Karma Hill is the owner of Karma Hill Photography, Simple Maui Wedding, Simple Oahu Wedding, and Simple Hawaii Wedding, marking a significant presence in the Hawaii wedding community since 2007. With a wealth of experience and a vast collection of informative posts on weddings and photography in Hawaii, Karma Hill offers unparalleled expertise. Explore the world of photography and wedding planning across Hawaii by visiting Karma's websites.

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