Little Beach Maui, also known as Pu’u Ola’i Beach, is unofficially an optional clothing beach located in Makena State Park. Makena Beach comprises of Big Beach (also known as Oneloa Beach) and Little Beach.
Little Beach is a small cove with white sand located on the south side of Maui just past Wailea.
Makena Beach attracts both locals and tourists and has been featured in several travel magazines — and it’s considered one of the best on the island by many.
If you are wondering how to get to Little Beach, then you are in the right place. We have all the information you need — from how to get there, what time it opens, and so much more!
Before we dig into this article, I wanted to mention that the state park regulations prohibit nudity even though people continue to do it here. If nudity is not your thing, reconsider going to this beach or stick with Big Beach.
It’s also worth mentioning that the local authorities have made it harder to access the beach ever since it opened back up.
Is Little Beach on Maui open?
Yes, Little Beach reopened on 3/13/2021. The posted hours of operation are 8:00AM – 4:30PM daily. You can also check the state parks website for updated information.
Why was Makena Beach closed?
Makena Beach is now open, but it was closed due to some illegal activity done by a group of beachgoers. If you decide to go to this beach, please keep in mind that there are signs that prohibit drinking and nudity.
How do I get to Little Beach Maui?
The best way to get to Little Beach is to rent a car and drive there yourself.
Little Beach is in Makena State Park located near Kihei and Wailea, so if you’re coming from either of those areas, keep traveling south until you see signs for Makena State Park.
If you’re coming from somewhere else on Maui, keep traveling South until you reach Kihei and follow the directions above.
You can also type the address in your GPS for an easier way to get there. I am the type of person that does better by inputting the address in the GPS compared to someone giving me directions. If you are anything like me, then this option will work better for you.
Where can I park?
Makena State Park has parking available for $5.00 as of August 2021. Be sure to check the state parks website for updated pricing.
Is there a bus that goes to Little Beach in Maui?
From Kihei: The closest bus stop to Little Beach is near the Shops of Wailea.
If you want to go to the Makena State Park area, you will have to walk down Banyan Tree Lane, which is about 4 miles long. We recommend Uber, Lyft, or having a car if you plan to go there, unless you find it fun hiking 4 miles to go to the beach.
Where can I stay close to Little Beach Maui?
Here are some suggestions on where to stay:
- Makena Surf Resort is one of the closest hotels, and it is only a 5-minute drive away from Little Beach!
- Maui What a Wonderful World Bed and Breakfast is a quaint option and is one of the cheapest we could find.
- Airbnbs in Kihei, Wailea, or any hotels in that area are ideal if you want to be close to the beach.
What to do at a Little Beach Maui?
There are so many things to do at Little Beach. You can swim (if the surf conditions allow it), surf, sunbathe, body surf, boogie board, and even snorkel when the water is calm. Maui has some of the best snorkeling in the world, so be sure to indulge in this at Little Beach if you can.
At a bare minimum, we recommend bringing a towel, sunblock, water, snacks, and sunglasses.
Also, every Sunday evening, fire dancers and other performers provide free entertainment on the beach. Be sure to check it out if you’re in the area; you won’t be disappointed!
Why is Little Beach popular?
Little Beach Maui is famous because it’s a clothing-optional beach and is surrounded by lush tropical scenery. Hawaii doesn’t have many nude beaches, making this beach sought after due to supply and demand.
Social media such as Instagram has also helped with the popularity of the beach. I will be the first to admit that I first found out about this beach on Instagram, and I just had to go and experience it for myself.
Is Little Beach Maui safe?
Little Beach has a much gentler shore break and is suitable for swimming compared to Big Beach.
If you are an inexperienced swimmer and decide to swim, please take extra precautions and know your comfort level.
Is Big Beach Maui safe?
Big Beach Maui is located in Makena, right next to Little Beach. Swimming here is not recommended for inexperienced swimmers in the spring and summer months due to high surf conditions.
As always, take caution and know your comfort and experience levels before getting in the water.
The Wrap Up: Little Beach Maui
One of the most popular clothing-optional beaches in Maui is Little Beach. This beautiful beach has become a hotspot for both locals and tourists alike. You can do so many things here, such as swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. I’m stoked to have crossed Little Beach off from my bucket list!