Big Beach in Makena


Big Beach in Makena on southwest Maui, Hawaii.

Big Beach is a long stretch of brown sandy beach.

Big Beach on the southwest side of Maui

Big Beach is a popular, wide, brown sandy beach know for boogie boarding.

One of the largest beaches on Maui is Big Beach at Makena State Park.  Located just past the large, luxury resorts in Wailea and past Makena Bay, Big Beach is know for good boogie boarding and body surfing.  It’sBig beach in makena on Maui, hawaii. not a snorkel spot on Maui, but is popular with both locals and tourists for half and all day sunning.

Directions. To reach Big Beach, take South Kihei Road through the Kihei shopping and beach area, or take Hwy. 31 above the Kihei community toward Wailea.  Both roads meet at The Shop of Wailea, and turn into Wailea Alanui Road.

Stay on Wailea Alanui and you’ll drive past the Wailea resorts – The Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, and the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Resort.

After passing the resorts, you’ll notice the landscape turns to a dry, cactus-filled area that is drasticallyBig Beach sign for the beach on Maui, Hawaii. different than the lush, green landscaping of Wailea.  Stay on Makena Road until you see the large signs for Makena State Park.  There are two main parking lots for Big Beach.

Big Beach Suggestions.

  • To get a parking spot, you might want to be at the Big Beach parking lot before 9 a.m.  On weekend, it can fill-up quickly with both locals and tourists.
  • Take boogie boards, water, drinks, snacks, towels and sunscreen. There are no convenience stores nearby.
  • There are restroom facilities in the park.
  • Do not leave any valuable visible in your vehicle.
  • Big Beach is 15 minutes from Kihei and about 40-50 minutes from Lahaina.
  • Lifeguard stations are also at Big Beach.  Ask them for ocean conditions if you’re not sure.
  • If the parking lots are full, you can also park along Makena Road.

Enjoy Big Beach!

Big Beach in Makena on Maui, Hawaii.


Big beach in Makena on Maui, Hawaii.


Lahaina town on the west side of Maui, hawaii.

Lahaina is a historic, whaling town on the west side of Maui.


To Do On Maui!

Visit Honolua Bay when you’re on the west side of Maui, and maybe grab a pizza at Dollie’s.  There plenty of activities on Maui and also some of the best burger places are in Lahaina Town.  Don’t forget to make a trip to Haleakala Crater and snorkel at Black Rock or Airport Beach.

Looking for a great breakfast?  Try The Gazebo in Napili.  Do some shopping at Lahaina Cannery Mall, try some pizza in Lahaina Town at Prison Street Pizza, or go upcountry and have a great steak at Makawao Steakhouse.

My Top 10 Lists – Top 10 activities on Maui, Top 10 attractions on Maui, Top 10 restaurants on Maui, and my Top 10 burger places on Maui.  Here’s a few West Maui beaches to enjoy:

Kapalua Beach

Papalaua Beach

Airport Beach

Aloha – Enjoy Maui!

Black Sand Beach on Maui, Hawaii.

Black Sand Beach

Beaches.  Maui has some of the best beaches in the world.  Napili Bay and Kapalua Bay on the west side of the island are popular snorkel locations, and everyone loves Baby Beach in Lahaina.  Honolua Bay is also awesome for snorkeling, and Slaughterhouse Beach nearby is a tourist favorite.  Don’t forget to try D.T. Fleming Beach Park.

Big Beach is a favorite on the southwest side of Maui, along with Ulua Beach, Wailea Beach and Polo Beach.

In Paia, there’s Baldwin Beach that is popular and Ho’okipa Beach is just past Paia.  Just before Hana is the famous Black Sand Beach.

La Perouse Bay is an incredible place to snorkel, swim and hike, and Po’olenalena Beach is a little hide-away beach in the Makena State Park area of southwest Maui.

Top 10 Lists.  Take a look at my Top 10 Activities on Maui, and my Top 10 Restaurants.  There’s also my Top 10 Attractions while visiting Maui and, of course, my Top 7 Shopping places and Top 5 Luau experiences.

The Gazebo is one of Maui's top places for breakfast.

The Gazebo

Eating & Drinking.  Oh, yea.  You’ve also got to eat and drink while visiting Maui.  Well, for breakfast The Gazebo in Napili is a “must-do tradition,” along with the Kihei Café.  For pizza, try Prison Street Pizza in Lahaina or Dollie’s Pub & Café in Napili.

There’s a lot of good burger places in Lahaina, along With Honu Seafood and Pizza and Lulu’s Lahaina Surf Club.

In the upcountry town of Makawao are two good places to eat – Casanova Italian Restaurant and  Makawao Steak House.   Stop at this “Hawaiian cowboy” town on your way down from a sunrise visit at Haleakala Crater.

Hookipa beach on the windward side of Maui.

Ho’okipa Beach – Paia

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Baldwin Beach near Paia on Maui, Hawaii.

Baldwin Beach

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Baby Beach in Lahaina.

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Welcome To Maui  Tourist Guide

Maui Travel Tips is a blog by SteveENJOY!  Living on Maui, I love to talk about this beautiful island.  I hope you enjoy my photography, and I love to provide first-hand information about Maui.  My hope is you feel the true Hawaiian “spirit of aloha” in everything you see and do on Maui.

HAVE FUN!  Take a look at the article categories, review my recent posts, and send me any questions or comments you might have.

I know you’ll love Maui — as much as I love her! 


Big Wave Taffy on Maui!

Take a look at our delicious Hawaii Flavors of salt water taffy.  The taffy is sold at many stores on Maui, and you can also order on-line with Big Wave Taffy.

Big Wave Taffy sells delicious salt water taffy on Maui, Hawaii.

Big Wave Taffy on Maui, Hawaii



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