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“shore break”(10 reviews)
“parking lot”(12 reviews)
“beautiful beach”(20 reviews)
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All reviews shore break parking lot beautiful beach life guards deep sand lava fields short walk to the beach bigger waves on duty rough surf porta potties highly recommend this beach large waves food truck maui beaches few hours arrive early
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 30 October 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 14 September 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 28 August 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
Thank CapeCodBoater
Reviewed 25 August 2018

Uber/Lyft away from the mind numbing crowds and walk this beach. This is wild(er) Hawaii. Bring water, put mobile in a bag and bury it under your chair aka log off and BE

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Dave B
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Though very beautiful I would not recommend taking young children to this beach. The sea is rough and has a large drop off near the shoreline. It could be dangerous even though the excellent life guards are constantly alert.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Rainie1952
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Waves/swimming can be dangerous. There are lifeguards. Shore break is the issue. But, if you like bigish waves in the summer, this place has 'em.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank davidcQ1205MK
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