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Makena Beach, Wailea

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Beach · Nature / Park
You won't have to worry whether there's enough room for your umbrella at Makena Beach. Also known as Big Beach, it's nearly 1.5 km (1 mi) long and the largest beach in Maui. You can enjoy shade from the large volcanic cliffs, which also offer protection from tradewinds. Book a snorkeling or kayak tour to get an up-close look at some of the sea life. It's a good idea to go out with a guide, because the water can get rough Remember to bring drinking water and sunscreen. A visit to Makena Beach represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Wailea visit planning app to plot your vacation.
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  • Sun, shady trees, blue water, Haleakala Crater in the background....just perfect.Restrooms available at the entrance... Just watch the waves though, they get rough and there’s a ledge right off the...  more »
  • This beach is awesome. Spectacular for swimming. The sand is like powdered sugar. The swell breaks on the shore so it wasn’t great for boogie boards. This is a chill out beach. Pitch your umbrella...  more »
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  • Love the views, but the sand is very fine, different from other beaches around the island.
  • The beach with everything. Great snorkeling with nice reef at both ends, great boogie boarding when the waves are up, north end is usually a bit more sheltered from the breeze, options for some shade closer to the trees (watch for thorns , they're Nasty). If you decide you no longer like wearing your swimsuit you can head over the rocks at the north end to Secret Beach. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS wear reef safe sunscreen and protect the reefs.

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