Big Beach is one of Maui’s finest beaches and is located near Makena in the southern portion of Maui. Known for it’s stunning white sandy beaches and aqua blue water, you can easily see why many guests and locals alike enjoy spending the entire day this pristine beach.
At times it can be rather difficult to find a place to park if you arrive in the late morning, but once you park, there is a shaded path that leads down to the beach area. When you arrive to the beach itself, you will most likely be greeted by the sound of the waves crashing. There is not to much shade at this beach and it is always nice to have an umbrella and a beach chair handy for your day at the beach. Don’t forget to bring everything you need, because it’s a hard to leave the beach once you arrive (and it’s a long way back to the car at times!).
As you can see, Big Beach is a very long and wide beach, making plenty of space for everyone spread out and enjoy. Big Beach stretches almost a mile long and about 50 yards+ wide in some areas. Each day the waves, tides, and currents changes the landscape of the beach. While sitting in the comfort of the soft sand, guests will have incredible views of not only the surrounding beach, but also the amazing views of the neighboring islands of Kaho’olawe and Molokini.
Located on the far northern end of the beach, guests will most likely notice people making the hike over the lava rock formation. This is the location of the neighboring beach called Little Beach. This beach is rather isolated as there is only one way in and one way out and that is by hiking up the rock formation. Little Beach is a clothing optional beach, though technically it is not legal in the State of Hawai’i to allow any public nudity, many guests enjoy the beautiful beach and the ocean here. On Sunday evenings between 4p-7p the popular “Drum Circle” forms and guests will experience a variety of people playing bongos and other musical instruments. Little Beach does become quite crowed on Sundays for this event.
One really great feature about both Big Beach and Little Beach is there are not many lava rocks found unless you are at the ends of either beach. Though at times the lava rocks are great to snorkel around in most cases on Maui, we personally would not recommend snorkeling in this area simply due to the waves and currents that are common here. Additionally the water depth here tend to quickly descend and the conditions at the bottom area sandy.
As pretty as the beaches are, we highly encourage guests to be aware of the dangerous shore break that is common here. Due to the steep incline of the ocean floor that meets the beach, the waves here tend to crash very hard and often here. Though there are life guards available at Big Beach during the day, please ensure to be aware of the currents and the crashing waves. We want all of our guests to enjoy Maui and our beautiful beaches safely!
We hope you enjoyed this blog about our day at Big Beach. If you have any questions about any of the beaches noted in this blog or any other beaches found on Maui, please feel free to contact us at anytime. We are looking forward to helping you experience Maui!
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