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Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park

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Address: Highway 11, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777
Phone Number: (800) 464-2924
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Description: Nestled in an area with coconut trees and a black sand beach, this park is...
Nestled in an area with coconut trees and a black sand beach, this park is one of the best in Hawaii.
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Definitely a great stop between Kona and Hilo

Punalu'u isn't just past the furthest south point of the island heading up towards Hilo. The sands are not just a dark grey but black. Nice place to take the family for a couple... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Aiken, SC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Black sand was interesting and we did see a number of sea turtles, but to us it would not be worth a special trip. Stop by if it's on your way.

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Big Bear Lake, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Punalu'u isn't just past the furthest south point of the island heading up towards Hilo. The sands are not just a dark grey but black. Nice place to take the family for a couple hours and see the sea turtles.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This was to be a great area for snorkeling! We found it very busy with swimmers and beach lovers..and yes the snorkeling was some of the best we found while on the Big Island! Turtle swam by ...very nice.. just a bit more crowded on the weekend! Still worth it!

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

It is the end of the lava trail and the grainy black sand beach! The views are amazing. The water is warm. You could spend a nice beach day there. However, note, the sand is HOT! This is an amazing spot for pictures. I know I got at least a dozen that our canvas worthy. We got lucky this day... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

It's neat to see a black sand beach, but unless you like crowded, noisy beach scenes, make sure you come on a week day. We visited on a Sunday, and it felt a bit like a small-scale Coney Island. The beach certainly unusual, but the sand is very coarse (like crushed coal), and the setting is unremarkable. Stop by if... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We drove Route 11 heading toward Kona from Volcano early in the morning and saw the sign. The beach was almost deserted, so we could explore and visit with the "resting" green sea turtle that we found there. He was beautiful! The surf was a little rough, but a couple teenagers plunged in to snorkel. There were campers getting set... More 

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Wasilla, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The beach was pretty well maintained and there were some sea turtles basking in the sun. Make sure to keep your valuables close to you since there can be some unsavory sorts enjoying the views of your goodies. There are lifeguards on duty.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We were just taking a drive around Big Island and decided to take a look here. We brought our swim gear in case we decided to tan or swim. However, it was cloudy when we reached here and the beach had little rocks and the sand wasn't very fine. We didn't tan or swim here in the end. There was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Punalu'u is a small black sand beach with turtles! how can you go wrong? The only problem is that its not close to anything about 1 1/2 hours from both Hilo and Kailua-Kona. But, combine your visit to Volcano National Park with a visit to this beach which is close by. Parking is very tight here but if you never... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I believe there are other black sand beaches on the island. This one was easy to get to, had ample parking and space to settle for a few hours, an area the turtles like to come up and relax. All and all a wonderful phenomenon to visit!

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Address: Highway 11, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777
Phone Number: (800) 464-2924
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii

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