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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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  • Awesome public beach. Not very crowded. Beware of the big waves--called 'break neck beach" for a reason. Saw 2 turtles swimming in the ocean!  more »
  • We loved this beach (Big Beach). It’s big so you weren’t crammed in with all the other people like some of the other beaches in Maui. The was lots of sandy area to play. The waves were good to play.....  more »
  • 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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