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South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach

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Address: Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI
Description: The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand...
The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.
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This is a beautiful beach, but very remote. Pay for a ride...it's worth it. The hike is difficult and seems never ending on uneven paths.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA
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Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful beach, but very remote. Pay for a ride...it's worth it. The hike is difficult and seems never ending on uneven paths.

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Seattle, WA
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

I am not sure why some of the rental car companies mark on their map that driving on South Point road is not allowed. The first couple of miles of south point road is a proper two lane road, and while the road becomes narrower after that with no lane markings, it is paved all the way till the temporary... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Almost 6 mile round trip hike, but the views are totally worth it! OR, you can catch a ride from a local.....but I recommend the hike! Definitely pack a camelback and a snack or two. Wear your swim suit if you want to swim once you reach the Green Sand. Tennis Shoes - wear them! Bring sunscreen and sunglasses! It's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Try to go early in the day. Wear sturdy shoes and a hat and sunscreen. Ignore the guys who try to get you to pay them to drive you. Park and walk the last three miles. It's a lovely walk and there are several pretty little beaches along the way. There isn't anyplace to change at the beach or restrooms... More 

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Dardanelle
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Oh my goodness - to see the sights you must know there is A GOD and how He loves us to give this beauty

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The drive was long but well worth it! Once you get to the end of the paved road, you will encounter a 3 mile hike to experience the green sand beach. All I can say is the hike is well worth experiencing the beautiful olive colored sand beach! Simply amazing! The sand was so soft and warm and the water... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Green Sand Beach is something all visitor's to the island should experience at least once. It's about a 15 minute drive to the gravel parking lot from the main road (Hwy 11) through Naalehu. There are locals that offer rides out to the beach for a steep price if you are working on a limited time allowance. I opted... More 

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I don't get the negative reviews for this place! Yes, it's a hike people with breathtaking views along the ocean. It took my friend and I an hour to hike in. No big deal. Once you reach the beach you walk down the cliff side for a rewarding experience. Only 4 green beaches exist in the world! If you have... More 

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Estes Park
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198 reviews 198 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Really cool to see the southernmost point in the US and watch some intrepid people jumping into the water from the cliffs. Gorgeous scenery. Then we drove to the Green Sand beach parking area and, contrary to an earlier review, this is NOT A TOURIST TRAP and perfectly safe to leave your vehicle for hours as we did. Why are... More 

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Gainesville, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Very unusual green sand beach, one of two in the world. Breathtaking views but difficult to get to. Opt for parking and taking a ride from the locals. They charge around $15 roundtrip to take you down and bring you back. If driving down is your thing better have 4 wheel drive and some good driving skills. If you opt... More 

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