Big Beach

Makena Beach

Makena Beach

One of the islands best beaches with golden sand and tropical blue water on the south shore of Maui.




Makena State Park, in southwest Maui, is where you'll find “Big Beach.” Nearly 100 feet wide and almost 2/3 of a mile long of golden sand kissed by tropical blue waters, “Big Beach” is considered one of the island’s best beaches.


You will find the beach to be less crowded and offer a bit more seclusion than beaches in Lahaina or Ka’anapali. There’s lots of soft sand, great views of the turquoise waters of the ocean, picnic tables and paved parking. The beach is known for is inclined shoreline and great for swimming, skimboarding and bodyboarding. During the summer months there is a powerful shorebreak and strong undertow. We strongly suggest you avoid the water when the surf is up.

A note of caution should be made. Do not turn your back on the ocean. Waves can come out of nowhere and deliver a good pounding to the unsuspecting or worse.


If you are the adventurous type, Little Beach is a smaller beach to the north of Big Beach, accessible via a short hike. Although public nudity is not permitted on Maui, you will find nude sunbathers enjoying the sun. Both Little and Big Beach are part of Makena State Park.


There is a protected cove at the southern end of the beach, (third entrance), that makes a great place for those with small children.







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