Trip Planner:   USA  /  Hawaii  /  Island of Hawaii  /  Beaches  /  Punaluu Black Sand Beach

Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Island of Hawaii

(4.5/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
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. To visit Punaluu Black Sand Beach on your trip to Pahala, use our Pahala vacation planner.
Create a full Pahala itinerary

(Pahala is the nearest city to Punaluu Black Sand Beach)

map

Plan your trip to Island of Hawaii

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Island of Hawaii by other users

46 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM CANADA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM CANADA December, outdoors, relaxing, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM CANADA December, outdoors, relaxing, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM CANADA December, outdoors, relaxing, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 6 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, relaxing, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Honolulu & Kailua-Kona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Hawi BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I think it was worth the trip-- the two turtles we saw were up close and just hanging out. One seemed to even be trying to take a nap. It was neat to walk along the black sands- just a different exper...  more »
  • Nice spot to park and check out the black sand and look for turtles. Grassy area and a restroom, too. Not really a place to go swimming, though.  more »
  • The view from the highway immediately draws you in. Blue blue sky, deep blue Pacific, waves splashing waaay high white against the Blue Sky, thick stand of coconut trees for a back drop to the Black S...  more »