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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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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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Volcano, Hawaii
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Punalu'u Blacksand beach is a Hawaii County beach park that features camp grounds (registration and payment required with Dept of Parks And Recreation), pavilions, toilets, out door showers, fishing and swimming areas (a county lifeguard is on duty at times). It is a beautiful area where locals and tourists like to visit. Hawaiian Green Sea turtles like to swim in... More 

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Northville, Michigan
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

We did a quick little side trip on our way to the Volcanoes National Park. We ended up spending about 45 minutes because of all of the turtles on the beach. We saw 6 together in one area and several others that were just offshore. Too cool. The beach itself is probably not a great swimming spot, as the sand... More 

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Delaware, Ohio
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This beach is truly unique! The black sand is from the lava rock (basalt) that was ground up by continuous waves over thousands of years! It is very easy to access, and provides great views. I would definitely recommend doing this.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

There to much rocks My grandma with arthritis had taken a seat on the a rock and she gone face first on the rocks and started bleeding and she couldn't get up Me and my brother had to help her up so I would not bring or go if you have arthritis

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Conroe, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

WOW! I've always wanted to see one of the black sand beaches. This was amazing. It was so nice to walk around barefoot in the black sand. We stopped here on a travel day from one side of the island to the other. If you're lucky, you will see sea turtles on the shore, remember to stay back! It was... More 

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Nebraska
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I could have stayed here all day. But there is just too much to see to stay in any one place too long. The trail up around the beach will give you some places for fabulous photos.

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Reno, Nevada
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I guess I was expecting more. When we arrived there were a number of tour buses, with lots of people on the beach looking for turtles. The sand was a beautiful black, but not as fine (there were lots of rocks, etc) as others we had visited on the island. And I guess we had poor timing....there were no turtles... More 

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Snohomish, Washington
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I love this place! Turtles are often resting on the fine black sand beach (not as course as Maui black sand). The palm trees surround the beach and it is very picturesque. The photo I snapped here 5 years ago is still the screen saver on my computer. There is a beautiful pond nearby with water lilies. The Punalu'u Bake... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

You must come here! It is incredible. There were turtles (we saw 4) and beautiful black sand everywhere. We went around 11:30am and a turtle was coming on shore as we walked up, joining one already there. Great photograph spot, and you truly are missing out if you do not come here. Only a 35-45 minute drive from Volcano National... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

this black sand beach is loaded with turtles and nene (hawaiian geese). you have to stay 25 feet away from the turtles, as to not disturb them as they take sand naps, but that still allows you plenty of great photo ops : )

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