|photo courtesy of Tripadvisor|
Big Beach (also known as Makena Beach and Oneloa) is a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Located in Makena – one of the last beaches before the old lava flow, it is South Maui’s biggest beach, 2/3s of a mile long and 100 yards wide. It has life guards, port-a-potties, but no showers. And it has some dangerous currents. Life guards will tell you, it’s a gorgeous beach, but this is not a good swimming beach for inexperienced swimmers and kids…
As I checked out the Maui News this morning, I see life guards were gainfully employed rescuing 16 beachgoers at Big Beach on Friday when they had some high surf from a South swell.
To quote the article… ‘People were caught in the rip current and couldn’t get back in,” said county Ocean Safety Operations Chief Archie Kalepa. “As you know, Makena is kind of a dangerous beach, even for the most experienced swimmer. Always seek the advice of a lifeguard before entering the water if you are unsure. Best rule is always: When in doubt, don’t go out,” Kalepa said.’
Have fun out there, but stay safe!