Maui Oneloa Beach

Oneloa, meaning “Long Sand” in Hawaiian, is one of the most popular beaches on Maui. Locals call it Big Beach—it’s 3,300 feet long and more than 100 feet wide. Mauians come here to swim, fi sh, sunbathe, surf, and enjoy the view of Kahoolawe and Lanai. Snorkeling is good around the north end, at the foot of Puu Olai, a 360-foot cinder cone. During storms, however, big waves lash the shore and a strong rip current sweeps the sharp drop-off, posing a danger for inexperienced open-ocean swimmers. There are no facilities except for portable toilets, but there’s plenty of parking. To get here, drive past the Maui Prince 6 Hotel to the second dirt road, which leads through a kiawe thicket to the beach.

On the other side of Puu Olai is Little Beach, a small pocket beach where assorted nudists work on their all-over tans, to the chagrin of uptight authorities. You can get a nasty sunburn and a lewd-conduct ticket, too.

Maui has beautiful beaches on South, West and East side.

West Side

D.T. Fleming Beach Park

Kalapua Beach

Kaanapali Beach

South Side

Kamaole III Beach Park

Ulua Beach

Wailea Beach

Makena Beach

Oneloa Beach (Big Beach)

East Side

Baldwin Park

Hookipa Beach Park

Hamoa Beach

Waianapanapa State Park

Maui beaches are gorgeous. You should carry plenty of sunscreen, water and have a great time.