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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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Lovely quiet place to see some of Hawaii's treasures

We stopped here on the way from Volcano National Park to our hotel in Waikoloa and I'm so glad we did! The black sand was cool and something different for the teenagers. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We stopped here on the way from Volcano National Park to our hotel in Waikoloa and I'm so glad we did! The black sand was cool and something different for the teenagers. We tried to walk barefoot, but the sand was too hot. When we arrived, there was a giant sea turtle sunning on the beach and we got some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Made the drive from Kona and was not disappointed. A dark black sand was not too hot to the feet. Gorgeous landscape surrounded the beach. Palm trees, a natural pond with lilly pads and flowers blooming and a wooden foot bridge beyond it. Numerous sea turtles basked in the sand and the surf. Lava rock lined the coast to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Echoing others: go in the morning before other people show up. But even when they do, the beach is great (watch out for falling coconuts!!). Sea turtles come right up on shore, and the sand looks almost like asphalt. There's also a life guard on duty, as well as bathroom and picnic facilities.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Worth the visit. Amazing black sand beach. You see turtles resting there - just beautiful. The vending machine there had drinks out of date. Wouldn't recommend it.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I came here as part of a bus tour, so only made a brief stop. It was quite different seeing a beach with black sand, so good for some photos. There were a couple of turtles in their resting area. I'm glad the bus driver told us we weren't allowed to take any of the sand or else I might... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Go in the morning before any other people arrive. It will be just you and the resting turtles to enjoy the crashing waves. They have a picnic site to enjoy a breakfast or lunch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This was a beautiful beach. The water is electric blue and sea turtle are everywhere. The sand shines in the sun and the palms line the beach providing shade. Don't take the sand with you, it is finite and doesn't replenish itself like other black sand beaches.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Well worth your time to visit. The black sand is incredibly black as the name implies. Also a great place to see Green Sea Turtles. We saw 5 turtles while there. The palm trees surrounding the beach area. We saw several people in the water but I would not consider this to be a good place to snorkel due to... More 

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Katy, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A quick visit was made to this black sand beach as part of a day trip to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The black sand was pretty cool, but I was hoping to catch some turtles basking in the sun. Unfortunately, I didn't see one. :( It was rather busy (early afternoon on a weekend at end of May) and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Its a bit of a drive from Hilo, but when you arrive and one of the first things you see is turtles resting on the beach, then yes its worth the drive.

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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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