Nothing will ruin a good vacation faster than a massive crowd. You probably have a picture of a tropical bay in your head. You imagine the nice palm trees, a couple of chairs, gentle rolling waves and maybe a cool drink in your hand. You arrive at your dream destination, only to realize that the dream has turned into a nightmare. There are so many people that you can hardly see the sand, there isn't a chair in sight, and the gentle waves have turned into 10 foot swells. Fortunately, Maui has enough diverse beaches to keep even the most picky traveler happy. Big Beach, or Makena Beach, is part of Makena state park near the Wailea area of Maui. Big Beach is a great getaway for anyone looking for a little more space and privacy. This spot will not always be as deserted as some of the more remote beaches on the island, but since it's so massive, space will never be a problem.
You'll be about five minutes by car from the Wailea area resorts. There is a large parking lot at the entrance so parking isn't a problem except on the weekends and holidays. The surf sn't the biggest that we've seen, but you should always check the surf conditions before you enter the water. With some bottled water, a picnic lunch, and a big beach towel you can sit comfortably here for the entire day. Remember, while there isn't a lot of crime on Maui, be sure not to leave any valuables in your car. Many people are surprised that their cameras are gone after they park their car, leave the windows down, and their camera sitting on the front seat. If you drive further south on Makena Road, you will reach the 'Ahihi-Kina'u Natural Area Reserve and see sharp black volcanic rock just off the road. Makena Road ends at La Perouse Bay.