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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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Turtles!!

I am a big fan of sea turtles. We saw two resting on the beach in the black sand. This was one of our stops on the way from Kona to Hilo so we did not stay long.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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vancouver WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I am a big fan of sea turtles. We saw two resting on the beach in the black sand. This was one of our stops on the way from Kona to Hilo so we did not stay long.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful place and we saw three sea turtles up close on the beach. Of course you have to be at least 15 feet away but that is plenty close to observe them and take some awesome photos. Walking in the black sand and the lava rocks are so beautiful!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

Stop if you are nearby but don't make this your only destination. It was unique to see and made for a good picture but that's about it. It's on your way to the National Park.

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

We weren't able to spend much time here, unfortunately. But we stayed long enough to explore the rocks and tide pools, dig our toes into the sand, and photograph the turtles. And we sat on the rocks near the waves, and watched the surf. It's a beautiful spot, and next vacation we'll definitely spend a day here, and do some... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

We always stop here on our way to Volcanoes National Park from the Kona side. We sometimes sit and look for sea turtles to pop their heads or flippers out of the water. Often they are resting on the beach. There are restrooms, picnic tables, a snack shack, and even a lily pond behind the snack shack. Years ago, my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

It was beautiful and got some great pictures.. next to the beach is a cove with leatherback turtles. We got to see them up close and there must have been 5 or 6 of them. Some were sun bathing and others just swimming around.

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

After visited the Volcanic National Park we went to see this beach. Very different from the beaches we saw before on the Big Island. This place is amazing, almost unreal. And those green sea turtles on the beach, palms... Then we went back to the Volcanic Park to see volcano by night. Close and the road is nice.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

If you are on your way to the Volcanoes National Park, this is an easy diversion along Highway 11. The black sand is remarkable in itself, but it's the turtles that are the real treat. The turtles just sun themselves on the warm sand, and are very easy to photograph from a distance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Besides viewing the green sea turtles that come up onto the beach in the afternoon, this is just a beautiful beach to see. The black sand, curving beach, and palm trees make for a great photograph. This is an easy stop not far from Volcanoes National Park. On our first visit, there was one turtle sunning on the sand. We... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Beautiful sight to see black volcanic sand beach with the rolling waves crashing in. But, the bathroom facilities were nastier than any gas station or outhouse ever was. Sad, this could be a top rated attraction if a little clean up was done.

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