South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach, Naalehu

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Thought to be where Polynesians first arrived in the Hawaiian Islands South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach marks the southernmost point within the 50 states of the United States. A National Historical Landmark District, the area houses the ruins of an ancient Hawaiian heiau (temple), a fishing shrine, and other cultural relics. You access Ka Lae via a 19 km (12 mi) narrow paved narrow road. When the road forks near its end, you can go south to the point or east to Papakolea Beach, known for its green sand, which comes from the mineral olivineis. The beach boasts waters rich with red snapper and ulua, making it a popular fishing spot. Swimming in not advised due to dangerous currents and powerful winds. Make South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach a centerpiece of your Naalehu vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Naalehu online journey planner .
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  • This was well worth the (easy) hike. You will probably have the locals offer $20 to drive you there, but if you are physically able to walk about 5 miles round trip (and to save some other green), the...  more »
  • Visited south point to check out the southernmost part of the US. Some scenic views and people jumping off the cliff is entertaining. Further down the road locals sell rides to the green sand beach an...  more »
  • This should be a nice walk along a lovely coast but has been trashed by tourists in 4x4’s. The beach is ok. If you know where to look you can find the green gems that have been ground up to colour the...  more »
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  • Amazing location! Incredible volcanic formations. Loved the jump into the ocean. The water was fantastic and the view from the water into the caves, so to speak, were awesome. The water was deliciously clear. A guy was there snorkeling. The only drawback was the ladder for climbing back up. Ancient and rusty, I slipped and cut my leg on my first attempt to get a footing. Be more careful than I was!
  • Beautiful view down the coastline. Clear water. Be advised that the cliff jump is not legal and there are dangerous currents. The cliff is a 35 foot drop to the water, the water appeared 25 feet deep below the cliff, and an island tourist website said to stay within 100 feet of the cliff due to strong off-shore currents (Note: I'm not a lifeguard or qualified to speak to safety; that's just what I read). Tragically a swimmer died in Feb 2018 reportedly due to getting caught in the current. There's a rusty ladder that hinges at the bottom that lets jumpers climb back up to the cliff; would recommend making sure you have adequate upper-body strength to do a sort of "half lower-body in the water pull-up" and then be able to climb up the ladder before jumping in. Recommend getting there early (eg before 10am) due to crowds starting midday. Overall a beautiful spot and well worth a visit if you're on the Big Island and have the time to drive down there!
  • Awesome, easy drive to get to, unspoiled views
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