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

Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Island of Hawaii

4.5
#3 of 29 in Beaches in Island of Hawaii
Beach Nature / Park
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 an itinerary including Punaluu Black Sand Beach

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

map

Plans in Island of Hawaii by other users

28 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDIA October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in United States BY A USER FROM GERMANY September, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Island of Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in Kailua-Kona BY A USER FROM CANADA November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 8 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Asia, United States, South America & Europe BY A USER FROM FRANCE June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans

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.

Where to stay in Pahala

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
1,102 reviews
  • Beautiful black sand beach..... very rocky coastline.... Some great views... and there are sea turtles feeding right in the shallows... It was busy when we stopped but not over-run with touristy peopl...  more »
  • Great stop for a quick visit to see the black sands and turtles. The surf is strong and not great for swimming. Could be a good picnic area.  more »
  • The raw beauty of the Big island of Hawai'i is once again on display at this Black sand beach, Punalu'u (the previous and very famous black sand beach near the town of Kaimu was covered by a Kilauea l...  more »