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Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park

Highway 11, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777
(800) 464-2924
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, State Parks, Parks
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I loved the color of this black sand beach, definitely unique and cool. Also there were turtles swimming in the water just off shore, and you can go in and snorkel near them (just don't get too close). Great information on the turtles and their habitat was readily available on signs as you walk in. Also just behind the beach... More

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Pleasant Grove, Utah
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28 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

The sand is so black. It doesn't stick to you either. Very fun to see but I was out of there in about 20 minutes. This is just something to say you went there and a good place to stretch after a long drive from Kona.

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Sauk City, Wisconsin
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Nice smaller beach with amazing black sands and sea turtles. There is a snack place with ice cream available.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We went on a rainy cold day but the sand was very warm. There was a sea turtle on the beach just having a nap. We didn't swim because it was overcast and cold, but there were people in the water that didn't seem to mind. A little too big of waves for my taste but I am a sissy.... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

black sand beach - low waves , small rocky areas right next to beach are great for snorkling - group of 7 to 10 turtles floating around within feet of beach !!! Small stand/shop has snacks and some supplies on location too . . . A Must do on the big island !!!!!

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Howick, Auckland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Easy drive access, unique beach with gritty black sand and palm trees. Drive to second carpark by the lilyponds and ducks.

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Brooklyn, New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We visited this beach twice, it was so nice. The second time we came early (always, always come early in Hawaii) and had the beach largely to ourselves for about two hours. The tour buses started coming in around 11. The sand is black. Really! Very black sand! We never got over the thrill. The beach is swimmable for strong... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

I have been here with my wife and we both were amazed by this type of sand. It is black and it looks so clean and nice when you touch it. It seems made of little granular stones that cutely stay in your skin like small spots and you can easily remove it from your body. We didn't see any... More

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Orlando, FL
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My family and I visited this beach in July. We made a trip from Volcano Village to this beach and Green Sands Beach for the day. The beach is breathtaking with sand that looks like caviar. We saw three turtles sunning themselves which was a treat. We didn't go in the water and the surf looked very rough so this... More

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Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Maybe we just got lucky but when we visited in August 2014 there were lots of turtles (pacific green) in the water near the beach (best place to spot them is on the headland just behind the bathrooms) and 4 or so climbing up the beach. Please remember if you see them on the beach to stay 25 feet away... More

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