The Beach Guide

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.

Nearest city

Kēōkea

Submit a correction

More Hawaii beaches in USA

Big Beach Weather Info

Mon 27th
Fair 26°C / 79°F
Tue 28th
Partly cloudy 26°C / 79°F
Wed 29th
Light rain 25°C / 77°F
Thu 30th
Rain showers 25°C / 77°F
Fri 31st
Cloudy 23°C / 73°F
Sat 01st
Rain showers 25°C / 77°F

5 Day Big Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

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 light06:40
    Sunrise07:03
    Sunset18:13
    Dark18:36
  • 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 light06:40
    Sunrise07:03
    Sunset18:14
    Dark18:37
  • 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 light06:39
    Sunrise07:02
    Sunset18:14
    Dark18:37
  • 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 light06:39
    Sunrise07:02
    Sunset18:15
    Dark18:38
  • 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 light06:39
    Sunrise07:02
    Sunset18:16
    Dark18:39
  • 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 light06:39
    Sunrise07:02
    Sunset18:16
    Dark18:39

What did we get wrong?