Big Beach

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Mākena
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  • Ciro N.
    "High waves and strong currents; it's fun if you are in the right..."(3 Tips)
    Adam S.
    "Easily one of the best beaches on Maui."(2 Tips)
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  • Steven Y.
    Steven YipAugust 9, 2013
    Don't be fooled by subsiding waves as Huge waves and stealthy strong currents can and will sneak up on you. You are taking a bug risk if you turn your back on the ocean and are a weak swimmer.
    Upvoted Jul 24
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanSeptember 14, 2014
    Easily one of the best beaches on Maui. Great crescent shaped beach. Very soft sand. Often has a large shore break and the waves can get good enough to surf on the south end near the rocks.
  • melleemel
    melleemelSeptember 28, 2012
    Don't be deceived, the waves are quite strong and the big breaks can take you in if you're not prepared. Only go in if you're a strong swimmer. That said, it's a great spot to body/boogie board!
  • Serena V.
    Serena Von RudenMarch 10, 2013
    What a fabulous beach but not necessarily the most kid-friendly place for swimming due to the strong currents and big waves. Luckily my kiddos preferred playing in the sand anyway.
  • Brian P.
    Brian ProdorMay 13, 2012
    If you're standing on the sand looking towards the water stay to the left to snorkel. Huge turtles, eels, and lots to see along the reef. Be safe!
  • Joe C.
    Joe CurrinSeptember 26, 2012
    The beach to the north otherwise known as little beach, displays lots of little things. If you didn't catch my pun it's a nude beach in the bad kind of way.
  • Vicky M.
    Vicky MitzSeptember 21, 2016
    The best beach .... For neck breaking 😂 beautiful beach if you don't mind the lifeguard public service announcements... Every 10 minutes!
  • Martin W.
    Martin WeigertMarch 23, 2014
    While some of Maui's beaches are pretty overrated, this one is underrated. In fact I consider it Maui's best beach!
  • Ciro N.
    Ciro NigriOctober 11, 2014
    High waves and strong currents; it's fun if you are in the right conditions, but absolutely not for kids.
  • Maui Hawaii
    Maui HawaiiSeptember 29, 2011
    BEWARE OF THE WAVES! The deceptively safe-looking shorebreak will sneak up on you. This spot is notorious for breaking tourists' necks. Read more
  • Matt W.
    Matt WFebruary 15, 2014
    Love it so much more than Wailea or Polo beach. Much less crowded!
  • Brad S.
    Brad StarksOctober 6, 2012
    There is a "Rock Stairwell" on the far right of the beach that leads to Little Beach. Be prepared to see nude bodies!!
  • Maui Hawaii
    Maui HawaiiJune 24, 2011
    There can often be a long cloud that hangs over a portion of Makena. Make sure to bring sunblock when the cloud isn't there. We almost ALWAYS get burned here because we don't want to leave. Read more
  • angel m.
    angel melsJune 9, 2010
    very long and wide beach! Great for picnic and sports on the sand. Prefer the right side, by the tall rock wall :)
  • Preethi K.
    Preethi KannathSeptember 9, 2012
    Beautiful big beach! Spend a day here and you won't regret it.
  • Héloïse
    HéloïseAugust 10, 2013
    The beach is gorgeous. But not a swimming beach, waves are bigger on the southern part.
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HeinzmanAugust 4, 2013
    The sand is super fine and really nice
  • Frank V.
    Frank VargaApril 5, 2014
    This is not for kids. Waves are massive and there are better beaches to go to for inexperienced wave riders
  • Lucy L.
    Lucy LiuSeptember 15, 2012
    Probably named for the big waves here. Careful, the shore is a bit steep
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan ReeveFebruary 7, 2014
    Venture over the rocks to little beach and let yourself be free!
  • Steve H.
    Steve HillDecember 6, 2014
    Stay away from the trees if you're going barefoot. Lots of thorns!
  • Timothy M.
    Timothy McSwainSeptember 21, 2011
    Don't go in the water unless you are an experienced swimmer. And don't just pretend you are, or it could end badly. Learn how to swim in rough waves first.
  • Manuel H.
    Manuel HeckNovember 19, 2015
    It's my favorite Beach on Maui
  • Seven of 9.
    Seven of 9January 11, 2011
    Walk to the 'little beach' across the rocks to catch the nuddies
  • Chris P.
    Chris PalmerAugust 18, 2013
    Best waves for boogie boarding
  • Heidi R.
    Heidi RiddellDecember 24, 2011
    Boogie or skimmer boards are great here!
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherNovember 14, 2016
    This sand is magical
  • CreoleTes
    CreoleTesSeptember 22, 2014
    Sand and waves
  • Chris M.
    Chris MenendezDecember 24, 2011
    Check out da tray hawaii here.. Get one here everyday...
  • Bragging J.
    Bragging JackassApril 13, 2012
    The need a big beech to fit my big head. BraggingJackass.com
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