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South Maui Beach Profile: Big Beach

Just off of Makena Alanui Road sitting among the desirable beachfront Makena Real Estate is quite possibly Hawaii’s Best Beach. Famed for its monster waves and long stretch of sandy shores, Makena Beach aka Big Beach is easily Maui’s favorite among locals and visitors.

Note: Please use caution for those with children or inexperienced ocean swimmers when there’s large swell. These waves are deceptively powerful and can dump you into the sand without notice.

Scenery wise, you’ll find just under a mile of perfect sand, the beautiful backdrop of lower Haleakala, and water that’s a vibrant deep blue. It is one of the largest beaches on Maui, extending nearly 2/3 of a mile long and 100 yards wide of golden Maui sand.

Locals love Big Beach solely for its greatest asset, the inclined shoreline which allows for the best shore break on Maui. On a crowded day where the swell is pumping, kids and some young adults come to skimboard, body board, or body surf the day away. Surfing with the traditional surfboard is usually not done at this beach because it is not the right conditions.

Makena "Big" Beach Maui, Hawaii

Visitors can and will visit Big Beach just for the scenery. While others just come to swim, picnic in the shade, or simply sunbathe on the seemingly endless expanse of sand. There are two parking lots that are maintained by the county, while you can also park on the road at your own risk.

Big Beach in Review


  • The picturesque beach fit for a postcard
  • Worth a trip just to Makena
  • Long stretches of beach perfect for relaxing


  • Limited parking
  • Strong undertow
  • Dangerous shore break during the summer
  • Not the most child friendly beach

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Whether you’re relocating to Maui, buying your first home, investing in real estate, or upgrading your overall well being, you could not find a better lifestyle than the one Maui offers.

This island is more than just a beautiful destination, it’s home to incredible people, incredible athletes, and some of the world’s most renowned real estate. People come for the sun, but stay for the lifestyle. For more current information on Maui Real Estate, please contact to set up an appointment.


Anthony Sayles R(S)


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