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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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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Stood on the rocks and watched turtles play in the surf. The black sand was very neat and certainly made a change from the usual white sandy beaches. Not for swimming though...

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Redwood City, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This was our first time seeing a black sand beach. The sand was softer than I thought. We had no trouble finding parking, since there are a few small lots spread out. We saw 2 turtles sleeping on the sand and then four more swimming in the water, trying to find food. Some people who didn't have snorkel gear and... More

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Alberta
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71 reviews 71 reviews
9 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were so impressed with this beach, it took our breath away. This is a genuine black sand beach - made from volcanic rock. It was a rainy day so we did not swim, but we walked around, took some great pictures and enjoyed some turtle watching. The washrooms are disgusting and filthy, so, I recommend you go to the... More

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California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This beach was really cool, and the black sand was unlike anything I had seen. The best part for me was the turtles! There was one big one sleeping on the beach and two swimming close to shore. It was a great way to spend the morning.

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North Carolina
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104 reviews 104 reviews
39 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Been traveling to Hawaii for many years and always stop at Punalu'u black sand beach to soak in the beauty. Kind of sad though to see on this most recent visit that they had a little barrier surrounding the beached turtles simply because some tourists have no common sense to keep a respectful and safe distance away from them!! Other... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We stopped here to see a black sand beach and were treated to one of the best views we've seen in Hawaii. The black sand is that - black. It's not real fine but about the size of silica. The panorama here is one of the best on the island, with waves breaking over lava rocks and a gorgeous setting.... More

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Seattle, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This was the best place to see the turtles unless you were seeing them swimming in the water :) The turtles come here to dry and rest on the sand. There is an lightly enclosed turtle resting spot. Absolutely loved this place. It is hard to believe but the sand is very unique and pretty black. This is the first... More

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Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Made the quick stop on the way back from Volcanoes and it was just alright. Sand is not that black and park is not very clean. Spend 5 minutes and move on.

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Florence, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Very interesting contrast to normal sand beaches. Water is cold compared to normal beach found out this is caused by underwater spings.

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Whitefish Bay, WI
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55 reviews 55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

On our drive back from Hilo to Kohala, we stopped here to check out the beach, but were more enthralled by the turtles who had also stopped here for a rest! The surf hitting the rocks here was fairly dramatic as well.

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