Makena State Park

Surf Spot and Beach
Wailea Alanui Road, Pu‘unēnē, HI 96753, United States

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  • Arjun R.

    Amazing sunsets! And beautiful long walks. A zillion times better than the hyped wailea beach! Must see!

    Arjun Ram · October 6, 2014
  • Adam S.

    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.

    Adam Stallman · September 13, 2014
  • 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

  • Rita K.

    Pay attention to signage. Can have strong undercurrents. Has lifeguard on duty! Beautiful stretch of beach!

    Rita Kompst · November 25, 2013
  • John P.

    No fresh showers nor full bathrooms (port-a-potty) so plan accordingly. The beach makes it worth it. Big beach is excellent!

    John Pappas · November 20, 2013
  • Al B.

    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.

    Al B. · September 3, 2013
  • Charles M.

    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'.

    Charles Magnuson · August 1, 2012
  • Brett L.

    Cool walking around here.

    Brett Lider · May 6, 2012
  • Jesse  W.

    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!

    Jesse  Wilson · January 24, 2012
  • 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.

    Marina Batham, Realtor Broker · October 10, 2011
  • Angela S.

    Look out at Molokini from the Big Beach shoreline

    Angela S · August 25, 2011
  • Victoria W.

    Make sure to wear your sunscreen today- looks like a scorcher

    Victoria Williams · April 10, 2011
  • Kris K.

    Good place to catch waves for bodysurfing or boogie boarding. Just make sure not to faceplant close to shore... little too gravelly. ;-)

    Kris K · January 15, 2011
  • Keri R.

    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.

    Keri Robinson · November 29, 2010
  • Maui Hawaii

    Be careful when swimming here if you're not experienced with the ocean. The shore break can be deceptively safe looking. Read more

    Maui Hawaii · July 26, 2010