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

Weekly Big Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Big Beach tide times

Big Beach sea state

Wed 23/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 11mph
11:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 13mph
17:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:40
Sunrise07:03
Sunset18:11
Dark18:35

Thu 24/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 10mph
11:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 10mph
17:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:40
Sunrise07:03
Sunset18:12
Dark18:35

Fri 25/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 6mph
11:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 7mph
17:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:40
Sunrise07:03
Sunset18:13
Dark18:36

Sat 26/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 17mph
11:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 16mph
17:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:40
Sunrise07:03
Sunset18:13
Dark18:36

Sun 27/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 12mph
11:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 11mph
17:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:40
Sunrise07:03
Sunset18:14
Dark18:37

Mon 28/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
11:00 4ft 15s  °  ° 11mph
17:00 5ft 15s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light06:39
Sunrise07:02
Sunset18:14
Dark18:38

Today's weather

Fair

22 °C
(71 °F)

Light breeze, 11.9 km/h from E

Sea temperature

24.4°C / 76°F

Rating

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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