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

Mon 23/09 »

Surf report for Mon 23/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 20mph
11:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 21mph
17:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:52
Sunrise06:14
Sunset18:22
Dark18:44

Tue 24/09 »

Surf report for Tue 24/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 15s  °  ° 18mph
11:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:52
Sunrise06:14
Sunset18:21
Dark18:43

Wed 25/09 »

Surf report for Wed 25/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:53
Sunrise06:15
Sunset18:20
Dark18:42

Thu 26/09 »

Surf report for Thu 26/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 7mph
20:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:53
Sunrise06:15
Sunset18:19
Dark18:41

Fri 27/09 »

Surf report for Fri 27/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 8mph
17:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:53
Sunrise06:15
Sunset18:18
Dark18:40

Sat 28/09 »

Surf report for Sat 28/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
14:00 4ft 12s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light05:53
Sunrise06:15
Sunset18:17
Dark18:39

Today's weather

Light rain showers

26 °C
(78 °F)

Gentle breeze, 18 km/h from E

Sea temperature

28.3°C / 83.0°F

Rating

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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