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Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Island of Hawaii
(4.5/5 based on 900+ 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.
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  • The sand is genuinely jet black! A little coarse on the feet but not uncomfortably so. Also we were lucky and got to see turtles emerge from the water and rest on the sand in a protected space. Defini...  more »
  • This is the famous black sand beach on the Big Island and the drive down from Kona is worth it just to see the famous black sand but the real draw for us are the basking sea turtles that haul themselv...  more »
  • This is the place you go to get the black sand beach experience--hands down! Punalu'u is located on the southern shore of the Big Island, 57 miles south of Hilo or 67 miles south of Kona on the Hawaii...  more »