Makena State Park

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  • Al B.
    "Get sunscreen and swim wear and enjoy the waters here."(4 Tips)
    Adam S.
    "There is often a large shore break that occurs here."(3 Tips)
    Charles M.
    "This is my favorite beach on Maui."(2 Tips)
    Angela S.
    "Look out at Molokini from the Big Beach shoreline"(2 Tips)
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  • Maui---It's All About Lifestyle
    Many visitors and locals consider Makena their personal favorite beach, and for good reason. Golden sands extending nearly a mile long make Makena the perfect location for a sunset stroll. Read more
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanSeptember 13, 2014
    Home of Big Beach. Park has ample parking, lifeguards, porta-potties, and no showers. Be careful going in the water though. There is often a large shore break that occurs here. Perfect for skimboards.
  • Charles M.
    Charles MagnusonAugust 1, 2012
    This is my favorite beach on Maui. It's one of the last big beaches in South Maui that does not have a hotel on it. This beach is better known as 'Big Makena Beach' or simply 'Big Beach'.
  • Al B.
    Al B.September 3, 2013
    The waters here are amazingly blue/green! Went on a nice summer day and it literally looked like a beach from a calender. Get sunscreen and swim wear and enjoy the waters here.
  • Jesse  W.
    Jesse  WilsonJanuary 24, 2012
    Better snorkeling than Molokini! Can swim for a mile in every direction and discover the hidden gems of Maui. I found a 5ft turtle on my first visit. But it's a $10k fine to touch them!
  • Rick V.
    Rick ValenzuelaJuly 6, 2015
    Watch out for the killer shore break. Amazing beach otherwise, lots of great people watching.
  • John P.
    John PappasNovember 20, 2013
    No fresh showers nor full bathrooms (port-a-potty) so plan accordingly. The beach makes it worth it. Big beach is excellent!
  • Arjun R.
    Arjun RamOctober 6, 2014
    Amazing sunsets! And beautiful long walks. A zillion times better than the hyped wailea beach! Must see!
  • Marina B.
    Once again this is a good spot only in we have a Southerly (Kona Wind). This is a surf beach so for those who love to jump, this is a great spot.
  • Rita K.
    Rita KompstNovember 25, 2013
    Pay attention to signage. Can have strong undercurrents. Has lifeguard on duty! Beautiful stretch of beach!
  • Keri R.
    Keri RobinsonNovember 29, 2010
    it's name definitely fits...this beach is big! not a great place for snorkeling in the middle of the beach (not sure about the sides), but definitely fun for waves.
  • Kris K.
    Kris KJanuary 15, 2011
    Good place to catch waves for bodysurfing or boogie boarding. Just make sure not to faceplant close to shore... little too gravelly. ;-)
  • Sam S.
    Sam SJanuary 12, 2016
    Great place to chill and watch the sunset.
  • Erika D.
    Erika DelgadoSeptember 20, 2015
    Great scenery and surfing, but not good for swimming... The water was pretty rough
  • Maui Hawaii
    Maui HawaiiJuly 26, 2010
    Be careful when swimming here if you're not experienced with the ocean. The shore break can be deceptively safe looking. Read more
  • Stacey W.
    Beautiful 😻
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WilliamsApril 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure to wear your sunscreen today- looks like a scorcher
  • Brett L.
    Brett LiderMay 6, 2012
    Cool walking around here.
  • Angela S.
    Angela SAugust 25, 2011
    Look out at Molokini from the Big Beach shoreline
  • Elena K.
    Elena KucherenkoMay 16, 2015
    Красивый пляж для прогулок, но купаться тут опасно.
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