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Black sand without getting carsick

This is maui's only black sand beach that isn't on the road to Hana. Not pitch black. Dark brown... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2018
Portland, Oregon
Big beach

The hidden gem on this strand lies behind the main beach - an occasionally muddy, but generally dry... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
Roland J
Surrey, Canada
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

This is maui's only black sand beach that isn't on the road to Hana. Not pitch black. Dark brown. Volcano cliff right on beach was charcoal black. Very bumpy dirt road to get here. Only a handful of elderly couples sunbathing. We took a picture...More

1  Thank puppitoandtruffles
Reviewed 4 January 2018

The hidden gem on this strand lies behind the main beach - an occasionally muddy, but generally dry pond is great for bird watching. Early morning, or late afternoons seem best.

Thank Roland J
Reviewed 13 December 2017

Acess is by a rough dirt road that is closed at sunset. There is little parking. It does not seem to be patrolled. I would worry about thefts from vehicles.

Thank Terry F
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Somewhat isolated. Room for half a dozen cars at the end of a short rough road. Peaceful and pleasant though not a great swimming beach.

Thank mojave_ben
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Nice beach water is clear and sand is clean. The waves are more aggressive at this beach so be cautious when entering the water!

Thank Jesse M
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

We should have made this our daily routine and will next time. This is the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. It is our 15th wedding anniversary and this was a true gift!

Thank Jennifer F
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

This beach is visually beautiful but most people can't safely swim here. The waves are humongous and come crashing in to shore at an incredible speed and strength. The life guard on duty is continually sounding out warnings to which people don't listen. He kept...More

1  Thank HatRez
Reviewed 29 March 2017

this is known as Big Beach...as the name indicates its the biggest beach we found and by far the best...beautiful wide,nice sand, but can have dangerous waves...our favourite..

1  Thank debbr0
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Part of Makena State Park, this beach is awesome! Water is clear, beach is large enough to not feel too crowded.

Thank Chuck D
Reviewed 25 February 2017

This was the second beach we visited on our trip. It's not well marked as Oneloa beach; the signage indicates Makena Beach and then you walk towards the left and arrive at Oneloa. The beach wasn't terribly busy at 11:00-ish when we arrived but would...More

Thank mlas101
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