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’s 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.
After passing the resorts, you’ll notice the landscape turns to a dry, cactus-filled area that is drastically 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!
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.
Aloha – Enjoy Maui!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ever been in a rainforest? Check-out the Honolua Bay Rainforest! Out in Paia is a famous restaurant – Charley’s – so make sure you stop there for breakfast on your way to Hana, or for dinner on your way back. Check-out the various places to stay in Hana!
Welcome To Maui Tourist Guide
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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.