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Big Beach

Mākena State Park

Maui, Hawai'i

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  • You can find Big Beach in Mākena State Park.- Big Beach
  • The early morning is the best time to find an empty beach.- Big Beach
  • The golden sand on Big Beach feels as good as it looks.- Big Beach
  • Sand, rock and water come together beautifully at Big Beach.- Big Beach
  • There is both sun and shade on this lovely beach.- Big Beach
  • Looking down at Makena Beach from a cliffside viewpoint.- Big Beach
  • The ocean is beautiful, but the surf can be powerful. Check current conditions with the lifeguard before jumping in.- Big Beach
  • A cinder cone called Red Hill dominates the view on the north side of the beach.- Big Beach
  • Occasional shade trees create nice picnic spots along the beach.- Big Beach
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Pros: 
Perfect golden sand. Shaded areas for picnicking.
Cons: 
Can get crowded.
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Region:
Maui, HI
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Big Beach is one of Maui's most picturesque beaches. If you close your eyes and imagine what a tropical beach looks like, chances are your mental image will look a lot like Big Beach. For this reason, people come from all over the island to relax and enjoy this majestic stretch of sand.

Unlike most of the beaches in South Maui, Big Beach is fairly protected from afternoon winds, so this is a nice beach to visit any time of day. The park gate officially opens at 7 a.m., but if you arrive early there is plenty of roadside parking just outside the gate. This will give you a good shot of getting the beach all to yourself. And, since this beach doesn't back up to a resort, it can have a more natural, park-like feel.

Rocky outcrops frame the north and south ends of Big Beach. If you decide to poke around and explore these areas, keep a watchful eye on the ocean. Rogue waves can sneak in and knock you right off your feet.

When the seas are calm, this is a great swimming beach. When the shorebreak is more powerful, this is a popular place for bodyboarding and skimboarding. If you're not into playing in the water, it's a nice spot to watch others ride the waves.

This is also the access point for Pu'u Ola'i / Red Hill and Little Beach.

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