Big Beach

Big Beach, Maui
Photo: © Vacclav
Big Beach
Photo: © Fiuchris
Big Beach
Photo: © F. Ermert (dronepicr) / CC BY

As the name suggests, Big Beach is in fact the largest beach on the south coast of Maui. There is nearly a mile of golden sand along this section of Makena Beach State Park which unlike neighboring beaches is largely undeveloped. Backed by lush tropical forest this Big beach feels a lot more remote than it actually is; in fact it is right next door to the resort of Wailea and has plenty of amenities too. These include a lifeguard service with several towers along the beach, and for good reason - the shorebreak waves here are notoriously powerful. Whilst often looking deceptively calm these waves, which slam into the shoreline, have caused numerous serious injuries over the years.
Most of the time Big beach is a safe spot for swimming and snorkeling in the beautiful turquoise waters of the bay. When there are waves Big beach is great for skim-boarding, body boarding and body surfing.

To the northern end of Big beach is the volcanic cinder cone of Pu'u Ola'i. This separates it from the neighboring beach which is called, you guessed it, Little beach! Equally beautiful, but a little tricky to get down to this is an unofficial nudist beach (although still against the law). At the opposite end of Big beach is the tiny Secret Cove, or Paako Beach to give it its correct name. The charms of this pretty little beach aren't much of a secret anymore but it is a real gem.

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Big Beach Weather Info

5 Day Big Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Big Beach tide times & sea state

Sat 16/11 »

Surf report for Sat 16/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 3ft 14s  °  ° 8mph
11:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 12mph
17:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:12
Sunrise06:36
Sunset17:44
Dark18:08

Sun 17/11 »

Surf report for Sun 17/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 15s  °  ° 9mph
11:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 12mph
17:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:13
Sunrise06:36
Sunset17:44
Dark18:08

Mon 18/11 »

Surf report for Mon 18/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 15mph
11:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
17:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:14
Sunrise06:37
Sunset17:44
Dark18:07

Tue 19/11 »

Surf report for Tue 19/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
11:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 14mph
17:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:14
Sunrise06:38
Sunset17:44
Dark18:07

Wed 20/11 »

Surf report for Wed 20/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 13mph
11:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
17:00 5ft 15s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:15
Sunrise06:38
Sunset17:44
Dark18:07

Thu 21/11 »

Surf report for Thu 21/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 16s  °  ° 17mph
11:00 6ft 16s  °  ° 20mph
17:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:15
Sunrise06:39
Sunset17:44
Dark18:07

Today's weather

Fair

27 °C
(80 °F)

Light breeze, 10.1 km/h from NNE

Sea temperature

28.1°C / 82.5°F

Rating

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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