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 23/03 »

Surf report for Sat 23/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 16mph
11:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 14mph
17:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:04
Sunrise06:26
Sunset18:37
Dark18:59

Sun 24/03 »

Surf report for Sun 24/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 18mph
11:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 18mph
17:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:03
Sunrise06:25
Sunset18:38
Dark19:00

Mon 25/03 »

Surf report for Mon 25/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 17mph
11:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 18mph
17:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:03
Sunrise06:25
Sunset18:38
Dark19:00

Tue 26/03 »

Surf report for Tue 26/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 16mph
11:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
17:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:02
Sunrise06:24
Sunset18:38
Dark19:00

Wed 27/03 »

Surf report for Wed 27/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 4ft 15s  °  ° 10mph
11:00 4ft 15s  °  ° 8mph
17:00 4ft 16s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:01
Sunrise06:23
Sunset18:38
Dark19:00

Thu 28/03 »

Surf report for Thu 28/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 4ft 15s  °  ° 6mph
11:00 4ft 15s  °  ° 6mph
17:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:00
Sunrise06:22
Sunset18:39
Dark19:01

Today's weather

Cloudy

22 °C
(71 °F)

Gentle breeze, 17.3 km/h from ENE

Sea temperature

23.9°C / 75°F

Rating

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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