Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach), Maui

Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach)

  • Name: Makena Beach State Park (Big Beach)
  • What: South Maui's largest beach
  • Where: South of Wailea, roughly a 50-minute drive from Lahaina
  • More Info: Open Daily from 6am - 6pm

Maui's southwestern shores are home to many extraordinary beaches and Makena Beach, also known as "Big Beach," is one of the island's best.

This is one of the largest beaches in Maui, with golden sands extending nearly 2/3 of a mile long and 100 yards wide. Visitors can swim or snorkel in these pristine waters, picnic in the shade, or simply sunbathe on the seemingly endless expanse of sand.

Big Beach is located south of Wailea near the Makena Beach and Golf Resort and provides a secluded alternative to more crowded beaches in Kaanapali and Lahaina. Nestled between two black-lava outcroppings, Makena offers protection from the trade winds and provides great views of the islands of Molokini and Kahoolawe. Picnic facilities and restrooms are also available.