Makena Beach is among the largest undeveloped beaches in Maui, also making it one of the most beautiful. With no condos or restaurants to mar the coastline, this pristine stretch of sand creates a spectacular backdrop for your beach day on Maui. Thanks to its classification as a state park, this protected area is one of the best Maui beaches on which to sunbathe and participate in a variety of water activities.
Makena Beach in Maui
Spend the day at Makena beach soaking up the sunshine and enjoying access to a wide variety of water activities. As is common in Hawaii, the beach can be referred to by multiple names. Makena Beach is part of Makena State Park and is also frequently referred to as Oneloa Beach or Big Beach. Situated between two rocky outcroppings, the beach is usually protected from strong winds. With emerald-green trees and mountains behind, golden sand beneath your feet, and the aqua blue ocean stretched out before you, you’ll quickly see why this beach is a Maui favorite. You’ll also enjoy scenic views of neighboring islands Molokini and Kaho’olawe from your spot on the shore.
Activities at Makena Beach
Thanks to its natural beauty, Makena Beach in Maui is a great place to simply relax and enjoy the views. With little natural shade, bringing along a beach umbrella will provide some respite from the heat. There are often food trucks available here, or you can pack a picnic lunch to be enjoyed along the shoreline. Popular water activities here include swimming, snorkeling, body surfing, stand up paddle boarding, and shore fishing. With a length of 2/3 mile, this is a good beach to enjoy a walk along the shoreline. It is also possible to access the adjacent Little Beach, which is separated by a lava outcropping and connected to Makena Beach by a path.
Visiting Makena Beach
Makena Beach State Park is located along the western shore of East Maui. It is open daily from 5am-7pm. For non-Hawaii residents, there is a $10 parking fee per vehicle. More information can be found on the Department of Land and Natural Resources website under the Division of State Parks.
Where to Stay
Makena Beach is convenient to the Wailea and Kihei areas. Alternatively, you can base your vacation among the many beautiful beaches of the island’s west coast and still easily access Makena Beach on a day trip. Browse our many Maui private vacation rentals here and contact us today if you have any questions!