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My wife chose Secret Cove as the location for our wedding based upon the photos and information she found while doing some initial research on the internet, especially on theknot.com. This beach is also known as Makena Cove and Paako Beach. It was appealing since it is small, scenic, out of the way, and generally not as busy as other Maui Beaches can be.

Once we got to Maui, we could hardly wait to check it out for ourselves. So of course it was the first place we visited on our first day. We were very excited to finally be able to see it in person.

Secret Cove Beach Maui Destination Wedding Northern Pixel Photography

Access to the beach is through a stone wall just south of Big Beach. You come over a bit of a hill, and into a small dip. There is parking along the right side of the road up against the stone wall. You walk through the wall in a bit of a tunnel, and then come out under a tree to a spectacular view.
Entrance to Secret Cove (Pa'ako Beach), Maui

It was more perfect than we could have ever imagined. Even the photos do not do it justice. Here is a panoramic shot taken from the rocks along the left side of the beach looking back towards the road and Big Beach:

Hawaii Secret Cove

It was an ideal wedding location for our small ceremony. We decided on a morning wedding, to increase the chances of getting the beach to ourselves – which turned out to be a very good idea – we were the only ones there during our entire ceremony. Although with the morning sun behind the trees there were more shadows in the morning. At sunset the sun faces the beach, although the blueness of the water might not show up as much then. Just something to keep in mind for your wedding photos, whether you want a background of amazing blue ocean  or one of Maui’s sunsets. Either way you can’t go wrong though.

The waves were crashing pretty hard on our wedding day, which only added to the atmosphere of it all. It is hard to describe the feeling of being married on a beach, barefoot, while listening to the waves crashing on the rocks. We had a perfect Maui day, with only a slight breeze and hardly a cloud in the sky. I had to stop a few times just to look around and take it all in.

Here is a photo showing the harpist who played during our ceremony, with a view towards Molokini in the distance…

Secret Cove Beach, Maui Of all the photos we took at this beach, this one below is one of my favorites. It was taken during our return trip in 2009. This was the only day we visited when it was calm here. The waves were impressive every other time, except on this day…

20090411_808 It was so calm I had just started heading to the car to get my snorkeling gear. But then the large waves returned, and convinced me to just enjoy the view from shore like usual. The photo also shows one of the few sandy entrance areas into the water, although I do not recommend swimming here. The waves come crashing through it pretty good, so it did not seem like a good idea to fight through them for a swim. (But I really wanted to, and still do… perhaps next time.) But there are plenty of good swimming beaches on Maui, so no need to push my luck trying to get out at this one. Perhaps this is why this beach is often much less crowded than most of the other Maui Beaches – it is much more suited to weddings than swimming.

The photo below was taken in 2008 a few days after our wedding day. It was raining pretty good, and the waves were crashing even harder than before, and coming up the beach quite a bit further than usual…

Secret Cove Beach, Maui

During our last night in Maui of 2009 we decided to head back to Secret Cove to view the sunset. It turned out to be one of the better sunsets we had seen, with some of the most colorful sunset photos we took during our time in Hawaii.

20090413_0370There was one lucky couple getting married during this sunset. Hopefully their photos turned out as good as ours did.

Secret Cove SunsetI would recommend this beach to anyone looking for a great place to be married. It is an amazing location, and an experience that will never be forgotten. As I mentioned before you will have a much greater chance of having it to yourself if you have a morning wedding. One evening we stopped there to check things out, and there were three weddings going at the same time. Which of course makes it much harder to take good photos without getting other wedding parties in the background.

Kimberly from Aihara Visuals was our wonderful photographer. We couldn’t have been happier with the photos and the service we received from her and would recommend her to anyone. Her and her husband took over 500 photos during the few hours we booked them for. And all of her photo packages come with a DVD containing all of the photos. She took the wedding photo on my About page.

Her website is: http://www.aiharavisuals.com/

For our wedding ceremony we used Makena Weddings. They are also a husband and wife team, and they did a great job. Reverend Al does the ceremony, and Laurie does the planning end of things. She helped us with the flowers, hair/makeup, marriage licensing, and the harpist who played at our ceremony. They have many packages and options to choose from.

Their website is: http://www.4mauiweddings.com/index.htm

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or comments, and feel free to check out my other posts from our time on Maui.

For wedding couples, if you haven’t already checked it out, another post you may be interested in reading is for the Seawatch Restaurant where we had our wedding reception.

Also, Shauna and I do Wedding Photography as well now, and would be happy to have an opportunity to photograph a destination wedding at this amazing beach. Our website is http://northernpixel.zenfolio.com/ 

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