Maui’s numerous attractions can make planning your trip a challenge, but make no mistake, Makena State Park undoubtedly deserves a place on your itinerary. This state park is a haven for beach lovers, featuring three separate beaches. However, beyond the beaches, there is even more to explore.
Before you set off for adventure at Makena State Park, the team at Parrish Maui has some information that can help you maximize your experience. Here is a look at Makena State Park and what you can expect when visiting.
Why Visit Makena State Park?
Makena State Park encompasses over 165 acres of breathtaking natural beauty along Maui’s southwestern coastline. Most of the appeal is the three beaches inside park boundaries: Oneloa (also known as “Big Beach”), Oneuli (also known as “Black Sand Beach”), and Puu Olai (also known as “Little Beach”). In particular, Big Beach stands out as one of the best beaches on Maui, with over half a mile of white sands and a more remote feel than many of the island’s other beaches.
Some of the top activities at Makena State Park include swimming, fishing, surfing, bodysurfing, and snorkeling. Another highlight is visiting the dormant volcanic cinder cone in the center of the park, Puu Olai. Standing 360 feet tall, Puu Olai was formed in the late 1700s after lava from a volcanic eruption cooled.
As previously mentioned, Oneloa or Big Beach is a top reason for visiting Makena State Park. Thanks to two surrounding lava outcroppings, this beach is protected from strong winds and offers great conditions for most beach activities, and there are lifeguards on duty for extra safety. Another feature of this beach is the views; you can see the islands of Molokini and Kahoolawe right from the beach. All in all, Big Beach is beautiful and offers a peaceful respite from some of Maui’s busier beaches.
Puu Olai Beach
Though smaller in size, Puu Olai Beach is often just as crowded as Big Beach. This is a great spot for surfing, bodysurfing, and more. One thing to keep in mind before visiting is that Puu Olai Beach has a reputation for being clothing-optional, so it is not always the best choice for families.
Though not as famous as Big Beach, Oneuli Beach is certainly worth visiting while in Makena State Park. Oneuli Beach is your opportunity to experience black sand, which is made up of ground lava. This beach is a great reminder of Maui’s volcanic history, but its value expands beyond geological wonder; Oneuli Beach is also known for its snorkeling. The coral reef is teeming with marine life, such as green sea turtles, so be sure to keep a watchful eye out for these beautiful creatures.
Rest Up After Your Adventure at Makena State Park
Whether you are visiting for the pristine beaches or the geological curiosities, Makena State Park has something for everyone. If you are in need of accommodations for your trip to Maui, look no further than Parrish Maui; we offer a wide range of vacation rentals at Kapalua Resort. Our rentals feature fully equipped kitchens, scenic views, modern comforts, and resort amenities. To book your rental, make a reservation on our website or give us a call at 877-854-9070.