What’s So Big About Big Beach?

February 27, 2024

Makena Beach, also known as Big Beach, is one of the most stunning beaches on Maui.


Makena Beach is situated on the southwestern side of Maui, just south of Wailea and the Makena State Park.


The beach is quite expansive, with approximately 1.5 miles of golden sand. It is known for its wide and long shoreline.


Makena Beach is surrounded by lush greenery and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The beach is backed by the dormant volcanic cinder cone known as Puʻu Olai, adding to the scenic beauty.

The beach is known for its clear turquoise waters and is a popular spot for swimming and bodysurfing. However, it’s essential to be cautious, as the waves can be powerful, especially during certain seasons.


Many visitors come to Makena Beach to relax, sunbathe, and enjoy the serene atmosphere. The beach’s size allows for ample space for visitors to spread out and find a quiet spot.

Makena Beach has basic facilities, including restrooms and showers, but amenities are relatively limited compared to more developed areas.

The beach is accessible by car, and there is a parking lot available. Keep in mind that the road leading to Makena Beach is narrow and winding.


While Makena Beach is beautiful, visitors should be aware of potential hazards, including strong shore breaks and currents. It’s crucial to pay attention to posted signs and lifeguard warnings for safety.


As conditions and amenities may change, it’s advisable to check for the latest information and updates before planning a visit to Makena Beach. Enjoying the natural beauty of the area while being mindful of safety guidelines ensures a positive experience at this iconic Maui destination.


CAUTION: Shore break can be very dangerous!
Hours Oneloa (Big Beach) & Oneuli (Black Sand) Beach

  • Daily – 5:00am – 7:00pm

Puu Olai (Little Beach)

  • Saturday & Sunday – 5:00am – 4:00pm
  • Weekdays – 5:00am – 7:00pm
Entrance Fee
  • Hawaii Residents = Free w/ Drivers Lic. or ID
  • Non-Residents = $5.00 Per Person
  • Children 3 and Under = Free
Parking Rates

Non-Commercial Vehicles

  • Residents = Free with Hawaii State Drivers Lic. or Hawaii State ID
  • Non-Residents = $10 Per Vehicle

 Commercial PUC Vehicles

  • 1-7 passenger vehicle = $25
  • 8-25 passenger vehicle = $50
  • 25+ passenger vehicle = $90


Makena State Park is now subject to paid-parking. Park visitors can pay for parking upon arrival at the parking kiosks, or online via scanning this QR code or clicking on the link below:

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