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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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Surf was high because of tropical storm Ignacio, thankfully rangers thought it was still safe enough to keep the gates open. Love the Honu's but please remember to keep your... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Surf was high because of tropical storm Ignacio, thankfully rangers thought it was still safe enough to keep the gates open. Love the Honu's but please remember to keep your distance and do not disturb

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The beach is actually made of black lava rock, though some of it looks like sand. Still worth seeing, especially to look for the honu, our Hawaiian green sea turtles. Remember that they are an endangered species, so be sure to stay 25 feet away as per the Federal laws.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It was really exceptional. The first time we saw a black sand beach, and possibly the best one! It is possible to swim in the inlet. There was a sea turtle resting on the beach. The view on the rocky side was excellent with turquoise blue sea and white waves.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A must see, pictures don't really capture the reality of it. If you get lucky and take a photo of the white wash on the black sand its pretty amazing. We parked at the southern end as it was less crowded and walked along the beach. Whilst we saw plenty of turtles in the water just short of the beach... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I stayed in Kihei so the drive to Balck sand beach was very long (although I didn't drive lol) but definitely worth it ! It was so unique and different. However, it can get very overcrowded as the beach itself is very small. There are short hikes which lets you see the whole view of the beach. Overall I very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The pure black sand contrasting with the blue water is so beautiful. This is an easy beach to access to see black sand. The park around is nice too. There were many sea turtles here that we were able to watch and take nice photos of as they were eating on the grasses. Very fun!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Beautiful, secluded, and unexpected are the three words that I think of. The trip out in the back of our local guides vehicle was awesome. The off road experience we had was a favorite part of the trip for me personally When we reached the beach we where greeted with amazing elevated views of a mifast cove. I highly advise... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Didn't like it so much. The water is cold and rocky. There are grean sea turtles! But, the view is nice, palm trees and black sand.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

We arrived when the weather wasn't the best one and it might have influenced the whole experience. I suppose, you almost always have a chance to see the turtles there- they have their 'space' there and you're not allowed to approach them too close (which I understand). There are also some stalls on the beach where it's possible to buy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Really enjoyed seeing the different colors and types of sand (determined by the minerals in the lava). This beach is a nesting area for green sea turtles- so cool to see them right on the beach.

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