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Wailea, Maui, HI
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed an hour of sitting on the beach. The shore break waves were too intense to go into the water. The life guards were diligent about giving verbal warnings. We did take the hike over to Little Beach too. Nothing worth the hike unless...More

Thank Brewer524
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Awesome spot! Great time! Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Maui! Hopefully you will have as nice a time as we did!

Thank David S
Reviewed 5 days ago

A wonderful beach that was very quiet and clean. The sand was a beautiful orange colour but unfortunately the swells were too dangerous to swim. There was ample parking space and toilets. Would love to go back!

Thank 00VanCity00
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This beach is big. It has several names depending which parking lot you go to but it is beautiful. There is a life guard on duty and port a potties but no flushing toilet. Good waves. There are a few food trucks that frequent the...More

Thank Lisa O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am fortunate enough to have visited many beaches throughout the world. Must say Makena Beach is one of the most spectacularly beautiful I have ever seen! Clear water is luscious shades of green and blue. However, there are lifeguards because the water is so...More

Thank panpanda
Reviewed 1 week ago

This beach was amazing!! The water is crystal clear at times and the it is just breathtakingly beautiful.

Thank mbsmokey89
Reviewed 1 week ago

Makena Beach is a Mauai original. It is much less crowded than nearby Wailea Beach, and much less pretentious. It is a State Beach Park and thus open to all. Great for picnics, beach walks and swimming. At an estimated 3000 yards long, there is...More

Thank Jollymon22
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't get around to visiting many beaches while on Maui due to time restraints, but we were able to visit one of the best ones, Makena Beach, AKA Onelua Beach, or more widely known as 'Big Beach.' It is a combination of Waimea Bay...More

Thank Reid H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went one afternoon for a picnic lunch . Bit of a walk from where we parked but not too bad . Beach itself is nice with fine sand . The waves were very dangerous the day we were there . I was amazed at...More

Thank jimmyd1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Makena Beach State Park certainly lives up to its nickname of Big Beach. It was by far the largest beach that we saw on Maui and probably the softest sand. We stayed on west Maui and just came to the south side of the island...More

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Hello, Are there any washrooms nearby? Thanks
October 24, 2016|
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Response from jduchar | Reviewed this property |
Yes, at Makena landing
Would this make a good spot for a romantic wedding?
June 6, 2016|
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Response from waltg31051 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for my late response, but I didn't see this until now. Makena Beach is a nice spot but there are several spots more appropriate for a wedding. My favorite would be Secret Beach, which is just a bit south of Makena... More