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Oneloa Beach

South Makena, Wailea, Maui, HI
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Ranked #10 of 18 Attractions in Wailea
Type: Beaches
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Toronto, Canada
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Beautiful and quiet. We saw a few turtles right near shore until the winds picked up creating larger waves and chasing them away it seemed. Nice for walking and tidal Pool searching just to the north end of the beach. Great beach to relax at.

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bevelry hills
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

A little windy but great boogy boarding and great waves. Always see a turtle or 2 swimming around. Always plenty of room to spread out on the beach - its never crowded. GEM

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Boston, MA
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Big beach was great and one of the most beautiful beaches I've seen. As others have pointed out, it's called "broke neck beach" for a reason. The waves and shore break are strong here. I wasn't really comfortable swimming here because I don't particularly like big waves but the ones who do had a blast! Take a walk over the... More

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Peru, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Big Beach. We went based on reviews that it was good snorkeling and surfing. Neither is correct. There is a shore break that creates waves at the shore line that are quite big. It was fun watching some of the locals on their boogie boards. They would time the wave, run out toward it, flip onto the board and the... More

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Halifax, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Also called "Big Beach" it's a great place to watch people ride big waves. Pretty intense shore break. But really amazing if you're brave enough to go into it. Bring some chairs and just watch if not. Awesome food trucks around as well. Have lunch at one of them.

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Haiku, Hawaii
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Absolutely stunning to look at but, statistically, the most broken necks occur on this beach than in all of the state of Hawaii. It has a crazy shore break.

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Maui, Hawaii
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I have spent many years on Maui and this is one of my favorite beaches. Mostly local with some tourists, its a beach that is usually skipped.I think it may be it is more of a fishing, diving, and snorkeling beach without to much sandy access. If you enjoy nature and a bit more peace than the more popular beaches... More

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Sacramento, California
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This beach is also known as Big Beach and Makena Beach. It is the southernmost "accessible" beach in Maui. The sand was perfect and clean. There is a hill behind the beach which adds to the beauty. It is sort of isolated from the rest of Maui, but in a good way. Saw lots of whales from here. We tried... More

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Penticton, Canada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
19 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Our group of four adults really enjoyed this beach, but I would think that there are better places for children. (Polo Beach is excellent.) Beautiful sandy bottom for swimming, but the weather and wave conditions can really affect how you approach the ocean. There is a very distinct drop-off relatively close to shore resulting from the strong wave and current... More

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