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Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park

Address: Highway 11, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777
Phone Number: (800) 464-2924
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Ranked #107 of 485 Activities in Island of Hawaii
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Nestled in an area with coconut trees and a black sand beach, this...
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Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Owner description: 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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Syracuse, New York
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

When we arrived at the park, it was quite busy because there was a tour bus making a pit stop. We found a picnic table by the sea and had a lovely lunch (to-go from Punalu'u Bakery) as the waves crashed into the lava rock. Afterward, we removed our shoes and walked over to the breathtaking black sand beach. I... More 

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West Valley City, Utah, Usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We made a trip here to check it out. The surf was quit high all over the island though so we did not venture out into the water to far. The beach has a lot of rock on it. The sand is beautiful looking though. They do have wash stations to wash off before leaving..

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London, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Pros: you don't see volcanic beaches like this very often. It's quite a sight! Good for seeing turtles too. Cons: Found it a bit painful when the black sand went in my shoes, like lots of small stones.

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Michigan
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Visited the beach on January 10, 2015. Course black sand. Hard on the feet. Saw a Sea Turtle venture onto the beach in the area dedicated to turtles. It is amazing they can even walk on land. She wasn't able to get her belly off of the sand. Short walk from the Sea Mountain Condos.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We visited this beach as part of an around-the-island trip, near the end of the day (late afternoon). There was ample parking, and the beach itself is beautiful. It's a fairly small beach in a bay, and it didn't look like the swimming was great, but it was certainly a unique experience. The sand was really cool to play with... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This beach is so unique and gorgeous! However, I feel like it's always jam packed with people. But always so pretty and the sand is so mesmerizing!

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Somerset, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This is the most famous and most accessible of the Hawaiian Black Sand Beaches. It is a small pretty Beach with the blackest sand we have ever seen. At first glance in the sun, the sand looks brown or grey, but when we held it in our hands, it was clearly black. You cannot build sand castles here, as the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

So much to see along the way, but when you get there you will always see turtles on the beach for some great pictures, its a great place to have a picnic..the beach is black

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Rochester, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This black sand beach is the most accessible and can be a little busy. It's in a beach park and sea turtles will come up on the beach to rest. It's gorgeous and swimable for the most part. It was a highlight of our trip and is not far from the bake shop. They have some services there. Bring sandals... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My kids and I wanted to see turtles in nature. I wanted to find black sand. This had them both for free! The sand is beautiful (but course compared to my Florida sand) and we found 4 turtles sleeping on it when we stopped.

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