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All reviews shore break parking lot beautiful beach deep sand life guards lava fields short walk to the beach porta potties bigger waves on duty rough surf highly recommend this beach large waves food truck maui beaches few hours arrive early
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

There is a nice hike up the mound to the crater Puu Olai with great views 360 degrees. 4 other Hawaiian islands are visible from the top. Park at the small beach and look for a small dirt trail which leads up the mountain.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank J386JHjanetw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very busy beach, but it is quite large. It has scenic views. The shore break is pretty high. There is a lifeguard on duty. The one thing we noticed was that we could not find a place to rinse our feet. Maybe...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BaileyL99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful views, beaches and volcanic formations. Off of the beaten path -- scene and quiet. I have been to Maui many times and never visited, but it was worth it!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Heath B
Reviewed December 9, 2018

The BIG beach at Makena State Park is spectacular and during the week not terribly crowded. Only porta potties available and one food/drink truck close to the entrance. Be prepared to walk a bit to reach the beach and bring water and food if you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank grazia2626
Reviewed December 7, 2018

Situated on the sweatshirt of Maui just north of Wailea, this is a gorgeous and very popular beach. Nice sand and good snorkeling are probably the reasons

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CMN14
Reviewed November 29, 2018

I was told this is rated a #4 in the best of all swimming beaches. I sure see how. First there's plenty of parking. It's in a state park but it's still free. And the beach is huge! It just goes on and on. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DanW440
Reviewed November 15, 2018

I like that there was a life guard. The park was cleaner than many of the other parks we went to and was very uncrowded. Maybe due to us being there in the off season but was nice to visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Daryl H
Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

Makena Beach or "Big Beach" is located within the state park. It is a very large beach with lots of space and lifeguards. The surf is usually rough and can be dangerous. We were told people have broken their necks and/or backs at this beach...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 2964mq
Reviewed September 14, 2018

Headed down Highway 31 until it ended at La Perouse Bay. On the way we stopped at “Big Beach” in Makena State Park. We walked through the ‘trail’ to the white coral beach to watch the surfers. The swells were still 15 feet high so...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank iliniorange
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Make sure you take a day and enjoy "Big Beach". Beautiful long sandy beach with fun waves. Life guards are on duty and attentive to the conditions.

Date of experience: August 2018
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