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Punaluu Black Sand Beach

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Nestled in an area with coconut trees and a black sand beach, this park is one of the best in Hawaii.
Highway 11, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777
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Reviewed yesterday

We weren't so interested in the black sand beach as we have them in NZ but were excited to have the opportunity to see turtles. We were in luck. In our time at the beach we saw 2 sunning themselves on the shore, several feeding...More

Thank MJGx2
Reviewed 3 days ago

The opportunity to see a true black sand beach was not to be ignored. It was on our way to the Volcanoes Nat Park, and a nice pit stop, but you could spend more time here. The sand was very hot, so barefoot is not...More

1  Thank Kirby M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Black sand + Sea Turtles = Gotta See It! We visited Hawaii for our summer vacation in 2018 - the Big Island, Oahu and Kauai. On our third day, we explored their south side of the Big Island, visiting Kona Joe’s coffee farm, visiting South...More

1  Thank Michael V
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed visiting this beach because of the black sand and the fact there was a large sea turtle sunning itself. We have been to this beach twice. Both times it was fairly windy. But I would recommend visiting here just to...More

Thank Paulette A
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The beach itself is low on the list of hundreds of fun beaches around the state - too rocky to really be all that enjoyable with young kids, and with pretty significant shorebreak surf and riptides. A few turtles are reliably to be found but...More

Thank dchostler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove down to visit a stark difference to white sand beaches. Lots of swimming and BBQ facilities. Unfortunately we went on the weekend and it was packed with families picnicking . Well worth a visit to walk and take photos apparently sea turtles live...More

Thank Elizabeth T
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Punaluu Black Sand Beach is on the southern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii. There are two sections -- a swimming beach with beautiful black sand and an area of tidepools. I really enjoyed the "healing waters" tidepool which I got to share...More

Thank abattenhouse
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sadly very wet and windy the day we were here but still lovely. Plenty of parking and toilet facilities on site.

Thank Pole2Pole_Images
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is pretty but rough. The black sand is tough to walk on or sit on, the surf is tough, and it’s really windy. There are usually turtles resting there. What many people don’t seem to know is that the turtles shouldn’t be disturbed —...More

Thank Manarola3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were traveling from the Eastern (Hilo) side of the island to the Western (Kona) side, as we booked two separate housing locations for our trip. Onthe travel day, we decided to take the south road and stop off at the various attractions along the...More

Thank Brian L
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Simon Magnus A
31 August 2018|
Response from Teresa C |
Was this beach affected by the recent lava?
Kori S
27 August 2018|
Response from ThomasD6027 |
Yes we were there today (28. Aug)
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Lynette R
17 August 2018|
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Response from b_nestor2 | Reviewed this property |
A few hours.