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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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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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Black sand really!

My first ever black sand beach. My kids loved this beach since the black sand is not sticky at all. They loved playing in black sand. There is souvenir shop here. There are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Columbus, Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My first ever black sand beach. My kids loved this beach since the black sand is not sticky at all. They loved playing in black sand. There is souvenir shop here. There are restrooms located on this beach. There is also a fresh coconut and food stand. You can easily spend your whole day here with family. The is also... More 

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Eagle, Colorado
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Puna lu'u is a great and easy black sands beach th experience . Only 40 minutes from the national park and it's a Beach you can easily access. Turtles are often there bathing in the sunshine - please please give them their space!! And the waves Are fun there at the beach as well. The tiny sun bathing spot gets... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you've never seen a black sand beach you should stop and see this one. The sand is a little courser than other sand beaches...you won't be building any sand castles with this stuff! There is lots of shade and the vista's are beautiful so it can be a very serene place to sit and enjoy looking at the surf... More 

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Charleston, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This a very beautiful beach area. It is world famous and pictured on a great many post cards. When traveling in the area you really need to stop for a photo op. There are restrooms and a small souvenir stand. Do stay a distance away from any sea turtles you may see.

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Buellton, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This beach is awesome, amazing site to see. We also happened to see about 6 or so turtles on land and in water while we were there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We made this our picnic lunch stop from Hilo to Kona. It was fantastic with many shades tables and washrooms, beautiful unique black sand, and of course sea turtles that were swimming and sun bathing. A really unique spot.

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Mount Holly, New Jersey, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Parking is rather limited but it's a nice beach. There are areas with lava rocks but other areas are accessible to the ocean. Be sure and bring some bread for the ducks who are always looking for a handout.

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Irving, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were part of the 2015 NOAA Whale Count Program from Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park. There is a bluff across from the parking lot that makes a great lookout point for whale watching. We started the count at 8 am and spotted several mother humpback whales and their calves for a few hours. We saw them... More 

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Mount Pleasant, Wi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to see the sea turtles. There is a fair amount of tourist traffic here so be prepared for that. The locals do a nice job trying to keep the tourists away from the sea turtles as they sun themselves. Some people can't seem to just see with their eyes, they have to touch too. I... More 

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving to or from the Volcano National Park from Kona you pass close by, so it's worthy of a stop, if only to break the journey. On a quiet day you many spot turtles in the shallow waters, but on this occasion their were lots of people about and it was not to be the case. It's a little off... More 

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