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Makena Beach, Wailea

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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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  • Overview: This long sandy beach is picturesque and has easy parking but dangerous waves. Not a family beach if you're getting in the water. Lifeguards are on duty. The waves can break where it is... 
    Overview: This long sandy beach is picturesque and has easy parking but dangerous waves. Not a family beach if you're getting in the water. Lifeguards are on duty. The waves can break where it is...  more »
  • Makena Beach is the most untouched shorelines of Maui Consist of Big beach and little beach. You can travel from one to another. We visited the big beach early in the mornings and it felt like a... 
    Makena Beach is the most untouched shorelines of Maui Consist of Big beach and little beach. You can travel from one to another. We visited the big beach early in the mornings and it felt like a...  more »
  • My wife and I did not swim here, rather, we went to check out the views. The location is beautiful and the water looked crystal clear. It is a dangerous beach and we saw one small boy bet engulfed by....  more
    My wife and I did not swim here, rather, we went to check out the views. The location is beautiful and the water looked crystal clear. It is a dangerous beach and we saw one small boy bet engulfed by....  more »
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  • I am surprised to see few reviews for this beach. The best thing about this beach is that you can fly the drones here. I see people getting professional photo shoots here as well. The beach is nice and clean and there is cool spot on the right side of the beach to get amazing shots
  • Gorgeous beach with lots of shaded sitting areas near the parking lot.
  • A beautiful beach with lots of soft sand and some shade. Parking lot has a port-o-potty, but that’s it. The resort on the south side has showers. Love how quiet and secluded this beach felt! Lots of turtles cruising around, too! Great for snorkeling.
  • See pictures. Free parking semi-paved. 1Bathroom, No foot wash station, not wheelchair accessible. Small beach semi -clear water.
  • Wonderful beach. Plenty of parking, and it is typically less busy than many of the other beaches in the area. Lots of shade, great snorkelling! Definitely recommend this beach. Only downside, no washrooms and there is one small outhouse near the parkade. Take the small path over to the right near the parking lot and you will find yourself in a beautiful cove!

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