Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Island of Hawaii

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The attraction at Punaluu Black Sand Beach is not beach itself but what it's made of--jet black sand formed from nearby volcanic activity. Framed by coconut palms, the beach provides a place for picnicking with restrooms provided. Watch for green sea turtles swimming near the rocks, however, you may want to refrain from swimming here--it is not recommended because of the cold water and rocky shores. The area is also known for strong currents. Arrange your visit to Punaluu Black Sand Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in Naalehu using our Naalehu tour builder .
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  • I stopped by South point, the green sand beach. Sea turtles, fish and place enclosed by stone, to ensure sea turtle watch. Seems not to enjoy swimming in the beach pretty much rocks. Also, black sand beach is pretty everywhere, so stop passing looks good in it.
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  • On our way from Kona to Volcanoes Park and we made a snap decision to stop and hope for turtles. Short walk from parking lot over to the rocks where people were pointing. Rocks are slippery so be care...  more »
  • Beautiful black sand beach, a little hard to swim given the coupled waves and rocks in the sea. It is very easy to see turtles in the water or on the beach.
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  • The beach is easy to find, follow the coast road around The Big Island, coming from either direction you will see the signs with a picture of a turtle on them. Follow the road down toward the coast, there are two entries to the beach, a smaller quiet one then a larger designed for the tour buses park in either and make your way onto the sand. I'd suggest you come early in the morning, say around 8-9am, avoid the crowds and see the turtles emerge from the water and work their way up the beach to bask in the sun. It is such an amazing experience, but please do not get too close and disturb them. Keep an eye on your kids too. The sand is black, something we do not have in Australia, it is well worth the trip down even if there are no turtles just to see and feel the sand. Bring along water as there isn't much around.
  • Black sand beach is a must see on the island of Hawaii. The black sand is unique does not stick to you as regular sand does. There are fresh hot water streams that flow below beach and into water, but overall water is quite cold and surf a little rough. Bathrooms and parking lot are a plus! Despite overcast the day we visited it was still A nice beach day. Also, sea turtles can be found sun bathing here.
  • When I was living in Hawaii, I loved going to the Black Sand Beach, it was beautiful. There were always turtles in the surf just floating around and getting bumped around while they tried to get to the beach. They are big gorgeous turtles.
  • Just returned to Portland. What a lovely drive from Kona! We stopped at a couple of fruit stands along the way and was surprised to find Hawaii oranges sold for €50 each at the black sand beach! It tasted super good. Yes, we love to hunt for Hawaii fruits! Even it's a cloudy afternoon, a couple of turtles were around. You shall never miss this trip!
  • Beautiful black sand beach. There were many turtles as we’ve visited. Lots of parking spaces nearby, toilets proovided. The beach is very popular with tourists and locals so it can get crowded very easily. Keep your distance to the turtles and never touch them!

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