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South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach

Address: Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Naalehu
Type: Beaches, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.
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Type: Beaches, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.
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Kent
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160 reviews 160 reviews
70 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Taking about 90 minutes to travel down the western coast from Kailua-Kona, my wife and I stopped at South Point. This is a very under-developed site with nothing in the way of facilities. We left our car just off the paved road, wary of invalidating our car rental agreement by venturing into the rough parking lot. We walked beside some... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
32 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We loved visiting the green sand beach! Paul was our driver and it was SOOOOOOO worth the money! The ruts in the road were terrible!! We ended up with a dirt tan but it was all good. Swam for a little bit and then he took us to the other green sand beach on the way back to the parking... More 

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West Valley City, Utah, Usa
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81 reviews 81 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We drove out to the point and it was beautiful. There is cliff jumping if interested. The surf was rather high the day we went which caused a blow hole in an area of rock that was fun to watch. The view is amazing. We did not make the hike to the green beach.

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Detroit, Michigan
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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The hike to the beach is LONG, anywhere between 1-2 hours each way. My husband and I didn't mind the hike but our two 6 yr olds were tired half way both ways. It was kind of hard on them. The hike by itself was very nice. I loved it. Muddy stony roads along the coast. If going with small... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Worth the drive! Lots of whale watching at this point, also great spot to dive from a Cliff! We brought our 2.5 year old and our 60+ year old mother and both enjoyed it! Make sure you bring your own snacks, drink and lunch! It's an all day adventure for this and the green sands!

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Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This secluded beach can only be reached by either hiking or four wheeling, but it's well worth the trip. Located at the southernmost tip of the Big Island, it's like something out of a movie, with turquoise waves surrounded by gorgeous cliffs and olive-green sand. I, personally, wouldn't want to hike the dusty hour or so each way it would... More 

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Michigan
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

On Saturday, January 10, 2015, we ventured to the Green Sand Beach. Parked at the beginning of the hot day and decided to pay for transportation to the beach. There was a group of nine people that we hooked up with to ride in the van to the beach. I think it cost $10. Problem: We wanted to stay for... More 

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Fremont, California
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16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We drove to the end of south point road, park and hike 2.7 miles to the beach. The locals also provide a round trip ride to and from the green sand beach for $15. The hike is easy, took us about an hour, with stops for photos. There is no specific marked trail, many trails were created by the 4-wheel... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

If you are a visitor to the big island then this is a must go, green sands and south point (the southern most tip of the USA) it real beautiful and the worth the drive, its a little bumpy but still fun

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Ok, first off all, why is it green and is it really special? Yes, there are only 4 green sand beaches in the world, so it's a very unique place. Yes, it's not as green as grass, more like mossy sand, but if you pick a bit of sand and look at the grains - some of them look like... More 

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