The Big Beach in Maui is a great place to have some down time. We really loved it here. In Hawaiian this beach is called Oneloa – ‘Long Sand’. At times, especially in winter, the breaks are so high and strong that it’s better to leave them to experienced Hawaiians.
One of the nicest things about this beach is that it’s undeveloped. We visited the Big Beach in February 2014 and it was lovely. We found it really relaxing and peaceful, maybe because it was winter… I guess, being quite wide and over a half a mile long, the beach never gets really crowded.
Stay safe on the Big Beach
There are signs everywhere warning people to be careful while swimming. As we experienced for ourselves, the water may look calm, but the waves can hit you from out of nowhere, the riptide is very strong in places and can easily pull you out into the ocean.
Children should be supervised at all times while in the water and inexperienced swimmers should be careful too. Most of the time there are lifeguards on the beach, but you should still be cautious.
When on the beach, we did the usual, some reading, sunbathing and a bit of swimming. Actually it was more trying not to be hit by the waves than swimming, they were pretty powerful. It was fun, but scary at times, being dragged about in the deep ocean by vicious waves, coming out of nowhere. I didn’t dare to even boogie board here so took a quick dip instead.
Sunsets on the Big Beach
One thing that is safe on the Big Beach is the sunset. We stayed until late and really enjoyed the sun gently sinking into the ocean. Quite a view and a nice end to a beautiful day. Even if you are not a romantic, you should stay and enjoy the wonders of the nature.
Have you been to the Big Beach? Was the ocean rough during your visit? Let us know in the comments below…
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