Big Beach: One of Maui’s top-rated beaches, it’s also, as the name suggests, the largest in the area at 100 yards wide and 2/3 of a mile long. The water is gorgeous, the sand is golden-white, and shade is available under nearby kiawe trees – just watch out for the thorns!
Three entrances are available at Big Beach – the first is the most popular and closest to the neighboring Little Beach, while the second and third are usually a little less crowded. Porta-potties and picnic facilities are available for use.
Enjoy views of Molokini Crater and Kaho’olawe, and beware the dangerous shorebreak! This is a great spot to watch skim boarders, but beware of entering the ocean if you don’t have proper experience swimming in large waves and shorebreak, as there are regularly serious injuries here.
In winter months, this doubles as an excellent spot for whale watching!
Little Beach: Just next to Big Beach lies Little Beach, the unofficial yet official nude beach of south Maui. With gorgeous sunset views and great surfing and swimming, Little Beach is reached by climbing up and over the rock outcropping of Pu’u Ola’i.
Sundays draw quite the crowd, as the sunset beach parties here have been a staple for decades. Expect fire dancers, drum circles, and plenty of people-watching!Horseback Riding: Makena Stables, located at 8299 Makena Road, offers morning, sunset, and private horseback riding tours around Makena’s most beautiful areas. This is a great activity for every level of rider, and we especially love the panoramic views of La Perouse Bay during the sunset tour.
Ahihi-Kinau Natural Reserve Area: Located just south of Makena, this marine life conservation district is great for snorkeling, when open to the public (problems with littering and other issues have caused the area to close down in previous years).
Remember that fishing is not allowed within the reserve, do not attempt to touch any marine life, and avoid stepping on any coral while swimming.
Kayak, SUP, & Outrigger Canoeing Tours: Join us for a private kayak tour, stand up paddle boarding lesson, or outrigger canoe tour! Departing daily from Makena Landing and Po’olenalena Beach, you’ll see the best areas in south Maui. Enjoy scenic views of Maui’s shoreline as well as Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle sightings at Maui’s famous Turtle Town, and keep an eye out for the many endemic tropical fish in the area, all while learning more about Hawaiian history and culture from your certified private tour guide.
Makena is one of our favorite places on Maui for many reasons, but we especially love its proximity to gorgeous scenery, both above and below the water. Come out and explore with us on a private tour!