Secret Beach on Maui is a charming patch of golden, soft sand located just past Makena Beach’s, or Big Beach’s, “third” entrance. It is cradled by a man-made lava rock wall and coconut palms. Secret Beach is divided by a large lava rock formation at the ocean’s edge, creating too small pockets where the water washes up to the sand. It is a beautiful, secluded setting with views of Kaho'olawe across the ocean. There’s not really a lot of room for swimming, unless you're comfortable swimming near reef.
When the water is calm, it's great for snorkeling. For a beachside stroll, walk to the north of the beach along the coast until you reach Makena Beach. Walk along the lava wall south of the beach for a shallow dive into the blue Pacific. Secret Beach is actually not so secret anymore and has earned its newest nickname “wedding beach” because it is often used for Maui weddings. The beach is small, so it feels crowded when it fills with beachgoers. To find Secret Beach you’ll drive past Makena’s, or Big Beach’s, first and second paved entrances near the “limited sight distance” signs. The next “third” entrance is a small gravel parking lot at the very south end of Makena Beach. You’ll see cars parked along the road before the gravel lot. It’s the only spot where you’ll be able to see Makena Beach from the road.
Don’t blink or you’ll miss it over your right shoulder as you pass. Secret Beach parking is found along the road right past this “third entrance”. Parking is limited. You can always park in the gravel lot and walk back if spots along the road are taken. The entrance to the beach is through an opening in the southern end of the lava rock wall.