Big Beach
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles344 reviews
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DebTravelsSD
San Diego65 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
Beautiful beach BUT Hawaii State beaches now charge $10 per car AND $5 per person. There is a lot attendant to help you.

The good part to the fees... the beach and parking lot are empty.

Still our favorite beach.
Written April 27, 2021
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Dunja_K_Ri
Biberach (Riss), Germany107 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Long and beautiful beach with very soft sand. I can confirm the strong and high waves, so decide on swimming only if you are a decent swimmer. Lifeguards are on duty, free parking along the street is possible if you come early (approx. before 9 am). Entrance fee is 5 USD per person (October 2022), parking at the beaches parking lot is 10 USD per car (plus entrance fee).
Written October 15, 2022
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FFei85
Orange City, IA56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
NO ONE sees to note that Hawaii has recently put the Big Beach as well as the Black Sand Beach as Malena (?) State Park and charges a ridiculously expensive entry and parking fee. Entry fee $5 per person and parking fee $10 per car. So for a car with 3 people, it is $25, for a beach. Not cool. It is a great beach, but it is simply not the same as Diamond Head or Waiʻanapanapa. Find a beach closer to your resort and just enjoy that.
Written June 30, 2021
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Kara
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My husband and I visited Big Beach shortly after sunrise since we couldn't get to Haleakala, and were so pleasantly surprised by what we found! It was almost empty and SO beautiful! The sand is so soft, the water is so blue, and the lava rocks on the sides of the beach add a nice Hawaiian touch as well. :) We went twice and didn't pay for parking either time, so I'm not sure what we did differently from the other folks who went here? Regardless, it was probably our favorite beach we visited in Hawaii. Even saw some turtles the second day we came.
Written August 4, 2022
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joaniemaria
Eldridge, IA4,705 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
Big beach has big waves! It is paid parking for out of state residents. The cost was $30 for the four of us. There are porta potties near the parking lot. No lifeguard on duty. No restroom facilities or shelter available. There is little shade here. Most of it was occupied by the time we arrived. We stayed about three hours. Bring plenty of sun screen! You will have a nice view of Molokini and Kahoolawe from Big Beach. It is a lovely beach.
Written September 21, 2021
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chumsockeyesalmon
Mount Vernon, WA341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
State Park. $10 for car and $5 per person if not a resident. Parking. You can also park for free at road -100 or so yards.
Nice small consistent waves. Locals and tourists alike. Small beach on the other side of a large rock outcropping is a nudist beach.
Written November 12, 2021
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Mark S
Corrales, NM3,474 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Big Beach is awesome! We started bringing our son and his cousin here years ago and this beach is terrific AND popular. Usually a food truck on the way and at the park gate. Parking can be tricky, but keep trolling. Fun people watching and you'll see whales here too. Be careful in the surf, it can be pretty big. Sometimes some trash and foot hazards on the way to the beach. Have fun!!!!
Written February 11, 2020
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Daniel D
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is a huge beach with lifeguards. The lifeguards are there for a reason. The waves look deceiving in a manner that they crash hard on the shore. I lost my glasses and hurt my back here from trying to surf it. While searching for my glasses (the water is crystal clean and easily swimmable 15 feet out) I found someone else's just laying there between coral 10 feet down. The current could easily take you though. I had to actually help a girl out to get out of the water. Remember to leave in a diagonal she said. I also saw a man with a baby in the crashing waves and he lost his grip for a few seconds. Nothing happened but the guards were warning that this is not a children beach or for weak swimmers!
Written February 17, 2020
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Vicky W
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Don’t go in the water!! You could break your knee, shoulder, neck ect or even worse!! You vacation can end and fly home early with 35k surgery within 7 days after entering!! Talk to life guards, beautiful beach but not worth broken bones. Maui Hospital says the beach keeps them busy… so sad.
Written April 23, 2024
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TiGi
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This beach is one of the largest and most beautiful beaches of all the Hawaiian islands! The views of Kaho’olawe and Molokini are astounding from here. Big Beach GREAT for swimming, surfing and boogie boarding… but do TAKE CARE. There is an intense shore break, quite characteristic to this particular beach. If you are a strong swimmer and wise to the ways of the ocean, you will have da kine time :-)
Written June 19, 2022
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