Maui Little Beach isn’t for everyone; if you’re looking for a place of freedom where clothing is optional, this may be the place for you. If family beaches and swimsuits are more your speed, there are plenty of Maui Beaches for you. Technically, it’s not legal to go sans Speedo at Little beach, but very rarely are the rules enforced. This laid-back beach is plenty secluded, with plenty of room for sunbathing, going for a swim, or even going surfing clothes free. You will find a few clothed people here, but they’re usually out-of-towners. The Big Beach, also called Makena Beach, is just to the south and whole different world.
It’s easy to find Maui Little Beach and its neighbor Makena Beach on the island’s western coast. It is a quick and easy trip from the Maui Airport, crossing over the Hana Highway to the Piilani Highway. Parking is available at Makena State Park or a nearby lot. From there, head to the cliff with a path and follow that to the clothing-optional beach. You don’t have to buy a pass or pay to enter the picture-perfect beach. You’ll find people of all shapes and sizes enjoying the beach, home to white sand and turquoise-blue waters. The surfing conditions are the best when the swells come from the southwest or south, and it can be a lot of fun when this happens. You’ll want to bring along plenty of sunscreen, especially if you haven’t worked up a base tan, and a picnic basket. There’s not a concession stand at this secluded beach.
The most exciting time of the week for Maui Little Beach happens on Sunday night when locals and visitors gather at sundown. The percentage of clothed visitors go up this night, but there are plenty of nude folks there to enjoy one of the most unique things to do on the island of Maui. The ceremony begins at sunset where everyone gathers along Maui Little Beach to watch the show and maybe even see that fabled flash of green. From there, drum circles and fire dancers liven up the night. You’ll want to bring along a flashlight, since it will be dark at the end and it can be difficult to cross over the cliff after the sun has set.