Big Beach (Oneloa/Makena Beach) At Makena State Park

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Address 6600 Makena Rd, Makena, HI 96753
Long and wide beach. Excellent views, a great place to hang out but not for little kids.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Lifeguard • Facilities: Showers • Sand Type: Regular • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Good For: Sunsets

Big Beach is just that, big. It's quite long and very wide with tons of sand so there is plenty of room to handle a lot of people. That's a good thing because on busy days, like weekends and holidays, it does get packed down here.

There are several places to park along the entire stretch of beach and you can't miss the lots here so turn in, park, and then walk a bit to the sand. There is some shade near the tree line but otherwise it's going to be sunny and sandy everywhere. Keep that in mind because it gets very hot out here so make sure you use plenty of sunscreen to Protect Yourself From Sunburn & Skin Cancer.

You'll get some great views of Molokini Crater and just great overall ocean views. This is an excellent place to get some photos in since the water is nice and blue here.

As for swimming, it can be a good for that if the ocean is very calm but you have to watch for strong currents, strong waves that tend to pull you into the water, and the waves breaking near the shore. It's easy to get knocked down, pulled in, and turned around here. There are lifeguards but if you don't know what you are doing just stay out or talk with a lifeguard for the safest spots to go in.

On that note, it's not a great beach for little kids because of the strong currents and waves. If you hike over the rock stairs at the far north end you'll be at Little Beach (Pu'u Ola'i Nude Beach) and see things that cannot be unseen.

There are good facilities here and you will likely even find food trucks in the parking lots on busy days.