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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
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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See the sand and turtles! (not a swim stop )

We stopped here to take a look at the incredible sand, but ended up falling in love with the 6 turtles we saw in a very short walk on the beach. They're so amazing and gentle... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We stopped here to take a look at the incredible sand, but ended up falling in love with the 6 turtles we saw in a very short walk on the beach. They're so amazing and gentle looking - it's worth a stop just for them The sand is spectacular - but hard on the feet and the surf is rough.... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It's really the only reason to go. The beach was just okay and really crowded. For us it wasn't worth the drive down to check it out.

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Holualoa, Hawaii
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

The black sand beach itself is beautiful and ringed with palms, but the star attraction is the turtles. They are found in the water(don't get too close, they're protected), and on the beach. With bathrooms, picnic tables, and even a small t-shirt stand, it's a quiet spot with plenty to offer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A very beautiful secluded Black soft sand beach. The day we went some huge green turtles were coming in from the shore. A beautiful sight to see for sure. This is very close to South point which I would suggest both sights

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Nashville, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've seen other black sand beaches in the Carribean and they had a better quality of sand. I have no idea why anyone would find this an attractive place to lay out - of course the ocean is always pretty but the sand is so coarse it will cut your feet. We did see evidence of turtles but no actual... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Every time we stop here we are awestruck by the magnificence of this last remaining black sand beach on the Big Isle ! Rarely crowded and in fact often completely all to yourselves except for the turtles!, this oasis is truly a "Must See " for every visitor , Rimmed by huge coconut palmtrees fronting what were once royal baths... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Due to the fresh underwater springs beneath the shoreline the water was freezing!!! But if you paddled out pass the rocks the ocean water was much warmer. However the kids loved it, snack shop on the beach, lifeguard, green sea turtles on shore, bathrooms, shower, friendly locals.

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Clayton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We were pleased to see, besides the black sands, a couple turtles sunbathing on the beach. They are a protected species, and people are required to stay at least 25 ft. away from them. This is still close enough to get some good pictures with a telephoto. The beach itself, is small, maybe a couple hundred yards across in a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

We recently visited this beach and highly recommend it. It's not to far off the path and the black sand is amazing. There are other black sand beaches (we visited 3 on this island) but this was by far the biggest and best.There are great places to picnic, some covered and out of the wind. Others in the open air.... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This was our second year visiting this beach, and this time we made the trip just for it (we're only about one hour north, so the drive is easy and beautiful for us). Even though we were stuck with a rainy day, we had a wonderful time. The black sand is like heaven on my feet. My daughter (almost 3)... More 

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