One of my favorite beaches in the world is Makena Beach, also known as Big Beach, on the island of Maui. Its huge views and an impressive shoreline makes it one of the best beaches in Hawaii. The beach itself is well over half a mile long so it never feels overcrowded despite the flocks of people it draws. There is a mix of great waves and calm ones but like many areas around the island, the conditions can get stronger and harsher so it’s always best to know your place.
Even though there are always a few food vendors in the vicinity (Jawz Tacos
food truck is a mainstay in the parking lot), we usually stop by 808 Deli
on the way to pick up some picnic items for lunch before jumping right into our beach routine. And after a couple of hours, we’ll seal our stay with a walk towards the north end, hike over some rocks and up a rocky trail of an old lava flow.
From the top of the cliff, you can access beautiful Little Beach which is smaller and a bit more crowded (and nude!). But it’s the view of Big Beach from up top that makes it worth it. Fellow beach goers resemble little colorful ants worshipping the sun. The closest you’ll get to an aerial view of that area without the use of a helicopter or drone. So not quite like a real life Gray Malin
photograph. But the view will do.