Big Beach (Makena Beach, Oneloa Beach)
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
Mon 27th26°C / 79°F
Tue 28th26°C / 79°F
Wed 29th25°C / 77°F
Thu 30th25°C / 77°F
Fri 31st23°C / 73°F
Sat 01st25°C / 77°F
5 Day Big Beach UV Index
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Big Beach tide times & sea state
Mon 27/01 »
Surf report for Mon 27/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 5ft 14s 17mph 11:00 5ft 13s 19mph 17:00 5ft 13s 17mph Tide times High 6:09am (1.70m) Low 12:31pm (0.32m) High 5:41pm (0.96m) Low 11:21pm (0.10m) Daylight First light 06:40 Sunrise 07:03 Sunset 18:13 Dark 18:36
Tue 28/01 »
Surf report for Tue 28/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 5ft 12s 13mph 11:00 5ft 12s 14mph 17:00 5ft 12s 15mph Tide times High 6:32am (1.57m) Low 1:00pm (0.30m) High 6:27pm (0.93m) Low 11:50pm (0.25m) Daylight First light 06:40 Sunrise 07:03 Sunset 18:14 Dark 18:37
Wed 29/01 »
Surf report for Wed 29/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 5ft 13s 16mph 11:00 6ft 13s 12mph 17:00 6ft 12s 9mph Tide times High 6:51am (1.43m) Low 1:32pm (0.28m) High 7:29pm (0.90m) Daylight First light 06:39 Sunrise 07:02 Sunset 18:14 Dark 18:37
Thu 30/01 »
Surf report for Thu 30/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 5ft 13s 7mph 11:00 5ft 13s 7mph 17:00 5ft 13s 6mph Tide times Low 12:19am (0.42m) High 7:06am (1.28m) Low 2:10pm (0.25m) High 9:08pm (0.91m) Daylight First light 06:39 Sunrise 07:02 Sunset 18:15 Dark 18:38
Fri 31/01 »
Surf report for Fri 31/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 5ft 12s 7mph 11:00 6ft 12s 11mph 17:00 7ft 12s 15mph Tide times Low 12:56am (0.59m) High 7:15am (1.15m) Low 2:59pm (0.22m) Daylight First light 06:39 Sunrise 07:02 Sunset 18:16 Dark 18:39
Sat 01/02 »
Surf report for Sat 01/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 7ft 13s 12mph 11:00 7ft 14s 16mph 17:00 7ft 13s 16mph Tide times High 12:01am (1.03m) Low 3:17am (0.74m) High 6:53am (1.03m) Low 4:02pm (0.16m) Daylight First light 06:39 Sunrise 07:02 Sunset 18:16 Dark 18:39