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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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We arrived at the park about 30 minutes before sunset. There were two other families there, one of which was camping. It's a simple park with covered picnic tables area and public... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We arrived at the park about 30 minutes before sunset. There were two other families there, one of which was camping. It's a simple park with covered picnic tables area and public restrooms. It was situated well off the main road so sounds of the ocean and wind were all that we heard. The black sand and rocks were beautiful... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Beautiful black sand that feels great yo the feet. The current can get string, so if snorkeling, stay aware. There is a small food, gift stand and a lovely lily pad pond. If you want a little adventure, depart the park back towards the main road, turning left as if you were going into the golf course. There is parking... More 

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is a very nice area to watch the surf and waves crashing. The best part was seeing the Green Turtles.

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Booneville Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The black sand seemed grittier and larger than the white sand beaches at other locations. This beach is known for its sea turtles and there were 2 on the beach that day. Visitors are not to bother the turtles and must stay 25 feet away from the turtles. As typical, there were several mongoose around in the bushes. It is... More 

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Boston, ky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

During our visit we got to see several very large sea turtles making their way across the beach. I'll never forget it.

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We visited this beach on our way to the volcano. The sand was definitely black, not like the "green" sand beach. We saw a turtle sunning itself on the rocks. It was a worthwhile visit.

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We came here one afternoon and there were several turtles in the water. While this is not a good snorkeling beach, we decided to jump in and join the turtles. We swam with a group of 8 turtles that were just off the rocks eating. There was a really large turtle that had a transmitter on him for tracking. It... More 

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Courtenay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Dropped in to see some black sand and we were not disappointed. There were two areas where you could go into the water and the water felt warm. In addition we saw a green turtle sleeping on the beach.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We went there on our way to the Green sand beach, this is a nice place we saw 4 green turtles, and also we had a fresh coconut juice on the beach :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is a true black sand beach. This means it was created by volcanic lava hitting the ocean and exploding into black volcanic glass. The beach is obsidian in colour rather than the mostly grey of black sand beaches created by erosion. The absolute treat is the sea turtles that often rest on the beach. It is a gorgeous sight.... More 

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