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Address: South Makena, Wailea, Maui, HI

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Loved Big Beach

We loved Big Beach; spent the day here; has big waves and strong current; We hiked over to Little beach from here and locals told us the "easier hike was washed out" and we had to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We loved Big Beach; spent the day here; has big waves and strong current; We hiked over to Little beach from here and locals told us the "easier hike was washed out" and we had to hike up and over sharp lava "cliff"; we liked the hike but my kids are older; I would not take younger children on this... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Oneloa Beach is also known as Big Beach. Seizing an hour one morning during my recent short visit to Maui, I cycled to Makena State Park, which has convenient parking. There were very few people at that time on this huge stretch of soft sandy beach with nearby wooded hills. It was beautiful, peaceful, and one could easily spend a... More 

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San Diego, California
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108 reviews 108 reviews
48 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is a nice little family beach. It's almost a bay when the water is calm and nice for snorkeling. Sometimes there are waves that people boogie board on, but it can get a bit rough too. Lovely view.

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Victoria, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Spectacular in water colour, clarity, and beach size. Even on a calm day, the rollers here can cause damage. When the waves really get higher, the lifequards will make announcements about numbers of broken necks, spines, collarbones etc. (and if you are already in the water, you won't hear, or necessarily care). The steep gradient at the water edge can... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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28 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 via mobile

On a distant beach, long ago, a young generation communed and there was love, and there was music, and there was sun. In the 60's Big Beach was so far from development that no one cared what the hippies did or smoked. I wasn't one of them, but I envied their perfect confluence of love and nature. The hippies are... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This beach is wonderful. The waves are huge. The sand is perfect. The water is crystal clear. Be careful. The current here is very strong and needs to be respected. This is not the beach for little kids unless they are 75 foot from the break making sand castles.

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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Life guards, sufficient parking and a long strip of sand We didn't swim here as we arrived later in the afternoon and the waves were high but another great beach.

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Massillon, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We had a nice afternoon here. This was the only beach we saw that has lifeguards, which could be an issue for weaker swimmers. The view was beautiful, the water was warm, the beach was clean. I recommend.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The waves here are just insane! I have never seen waves this tall and they come out of nowhere! They were much taller than I, definitely not good for a safe swim but absolutely amazing to see!

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Toronto, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Super exciting morning here - the shore break was huge! And that was before the afternoon trade winds. A little scary to get in the water, especially for a short gal like myself... But the beach is beautiful and there's room for everyone. In the afternoon, it gets supppppper windy, so plan to come in the morning.

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