Little Beach (Makena State Park)

95% love it
Maui's nude beach is gay-popular.
Little Beach (aka Puʻu Olai Beach) is in Makena State Park DIRECTIONS: Go south of Wailea; about as far south as you can drive. One mile past the Maui Prince Hotel, turn right at the sign for Makena State Park. It's easy to miss, so be on the lookout! Turn into the parking lot. Walk towards the water and the "Big Beach." Walk to the right (north) all the way to the end and hike up and over the lava-flow trail to get to the beach. Little Beach is a popular nude beach and on the far side you'll find the gay hang-out.


    • vwb
      vwb Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Little Beachin
      Has to be one of the best beaches I have ever been to! The Sand is pristine and I’m not sure what people are talking about but it’s very clean! Rather easy to get to, just up and over a little lava flow trail. Just go slow and where shoes/Flip flops and don’t be a pussy. Most gay people off the the right of the beach, but everyone is friendly. The surf is wonderful, but again be carful! Especially if your new or not use to it. There are trails that lead into the ..backwoods (need I say more) You can swim, snorkel around the beach just watch out for minnows in the water. Enjoy one of the best beaches ever!

    • BlueBoy
      BlueBoy Over a year ago

      GO AT YOUR OWN RISK! To get to this beach you must climb an EXTREMELY treacherous and narrow path up a high, jagged, volcanic-rock cliff that separates the small beach from the larger one next to it. I am not aware of any other way to get there. It is VERY dangerous for older or unfit men or women. I suggest wearing hiking boots or water shoes if you must go up there. DO NOT TRY TO CLIMB UP WITH FLIP FLOPS it's suicide!!!! I would even bring gloves if you don't want cuts on your hand from grabbing the SHARP volcanic Rock as you ascend. There's only one way up & down and it's barely wide enough for one person. I saw a man bleeding from a fall and turned back, for me it was not worth the difficult trek, or risking an injury while on vacation; then dealing with stitches, broken skin, limbs etc. Not worth it just for the ability to go naked. If you go, bring a back-pack with LOTS of water, sunscreen, food, small umbrella and wear hiking boots while going up and down. Bring some kind of gloves that have a well padded grip. I wish they would create a safe way to get there, but then it would lose it's cash'e I suppose and get crowded. Anyway, you have been warned...

    • DCSouthern
      DCSouthern Over a year ago
      Loves it

      A Maui Must
      I believe any visit to Maui is not complete until you make a day at Little Beach. Pack-up your beach bag, plenty of beverages and make the walk over from Big Beach. This small stretch of sand is worth the trek over and is a great place to unwind and enjoy the Hawaiian sun either with your speedo on or off. No one will judge as this beach welcomes all. Maholo!

    • blaylock
      blaylock Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Sun & Surf... boogie boarding or body-surfing. Spent our 25th anniversary in Maui. Little Beach was the best!

    • chadfreeman07
      chadfreeman07 Over a year ago
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      Fantastic Find
      Absolutely loved our time out at Little Beach. So beautiful! And the people are great too!

    • mikebares
      mikebares Over a year ago
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      Little Beach is still a Jewel...but beware
      There are not many places on the earth like Little Beach, Maui. We are just back from what must be something like our 20th visit and it was really really great and very very gay. The vibe was fun, there was drumming, whales breaching just off shore, the gay section ( north end) seemed bigger than ever and the waves were plenty big for boogie boarding. On the other hand, the amount of trash strewn along the "nature trails" to the north was epic. Others in our group claimed that it was only because of the prolonged lack of rainfall and thus lack of plant cover that the trash seemed much worse. If I had known in advance I would have brought a trashbag with me and cleaned it all up myself. The other things to beware of were the undertow - which I don't recall ever being so strong and the mistake I made in buying a brownie from one of the vendors. Please be advised that the brownies that the vendors sell on the beach for $5/ea. take a full four hours to kick in are very stong even though they taste completely delicious and "normal". I would strongly advise really to not even sample the brownies at all for awhile, if you do don't eat more than 1/2 a brownie per person and absolutely do not mix with alcohol . I waited 2 hours and felt absolutely nothing and then an hour after eating the 2nd half I started feeling it and my buzz got well past anything that was fun. I ended up passing out in hitting my head on a table in a restaurant 4 hours after the first bite and waking up in a puddle of my own vomit. The age range on the beach this year was much more diverse than in the past. There was a gay kid who had just turned 20 and there were others who were 60+ with every age in-between. I would say the gay crowd was split about 50/50 naked/bathing suits. The best part was that their was plenty of sand on the beach - beware that sometimes storms can come by and sweep practically all of the sand away leaving just sharp lava rock and just as quickly bring it all back in one day. Little Beach is not to be missed if you are gay and visiting Maui unless you are totally freaked out by the sight of naked people of all ages and shapes I'd say go.

    • cutefunky
      cutefunky Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Not to be missed, go right just after te park! You will love it especially if you guys are in nudist beaches!

    • pmhirsch
      pmhirsch Over a year ago
      Loves it

      This is the perfect Body Surfing Beach! And the crowd is friendly and fun. Don't miss this adventure!!!

    • jsk657
      jsk657 Over a year ago
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      Great beach for all.
      Some locals say that nude beaches are kapu. Personally, it's not an issue. If i choose to keep my board shorts on, no one will scoff at me. The beach is a little hard to get to, park at big beach, then with the ocean in front of you, walk to the right toward the rocks. The trail has gotten worse over the years. Steps made out of sand don't last. Someone told me there's a trail through the woods, but there's a lot of activity back there. The beach is a narrow strip of sand that's protected on three sides by hills and forest. The surf can be rough, and the cove can give you a false sense of shelter. There's plenty of direct sun on the beach, there's also coverage under the trees for the SPF 100+ people. It's obvious that this beach is family friendly, people are free to raise their kids as nudists. The caution to parents is simple: there are no facilities. You'll have to find a safe place in the bushes.

    • swohiom4m
      swohiom4m Over a year ago
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      Absolutely Breathtaking
      Its a long hike with plenty of rocks, but its well worth it.

    • SoCaLPecs
      SoCaLPecs Over a year ago
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      Sunday is the best....
      ...add to all the other reviews that on Sunday (at least when I was there) people brought their drums and there was a neat sound of tribal drumming throughout the day. At dusk some guys were twirling fire batons like you see at the luaus. Very cool. Make a day of it, pack a little cooler with some treats and drinks and you'll never want to leave.

    • Mar_SF
      Mar_SF Over a year ago
      Hates it

      nothing here
      No doubt about it, we were at the right place. I wanted to get a little naughty with my bf, until he looked over and saw people at the golf course standing on a deck and peering in our direction. Nope, not at all the experience one would expect based on previous reviews. It may have been fun then, but certainly not that way when we were there.

    • brimi62
      brimi62 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      This beach really is like you are in a tropical paradise. The parking lot is a good size,the walk is not to far,as you cross over big beach up and over the lava rocks, to a secluded smaller beach.Un like the nude beach in Miami, you can not see or hear hotels or traffic around you.You can snorkel along a section of lava rocks,or stroll into the wooded areas for a little fun .A must do in Maui at least once.

    • YourPalPete
      YourPalPete Over a year ago
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      Voyeur? Exhibitionist? This Place is for YOU!
      Little Beach is the local name for the part of Makena Beach that is clothing-optional. After you park and walk to the beach, you will find yourself on Big Beach, which is the mainstream portion, and a beautiful beach in itself. Then walk to the right and hike over the lava formation to find yourself at Little Beach, which is the clothing-optional (and HOTTER!) area of the same beach. Since Makena Beach can be a little bit hard to find, it's handy to be able to consult their website (yes, a nude beach with a website!) to be sure you know where you're going. The website,, provides directions as well as beach etiquette hints! I like to spend an afternoon on Little Beach every time I go to Maui, or my trip just doesn't seem complete!