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South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach

Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Naalehu
Type: Beaches, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.
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Arkansas City, Kansas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The walk to the Green Sands was about 2 miles in one way through lava rock and dirt paths. Our sic year old daughter was not super-impressed! The green sand was neat to see, but it is quite a trek down a very steep incline to actually get down to the beach, which I did not do (not a fan... More

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Sacramento, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We hadn't really heard of Green Sand Beach until we were watching a little video of Hawaii while getting ready in the hotel. We set out on our day to hit the Green Sand beach on the way to black sand beach and the volcanos. When we got to the part of the road that was to lead us to... More

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Santa Maria, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I was curious as you are to see a green sand beach, so we decided to drive the 2 hours from Kona to check it out. we got kind of a later start so by the time we arrived it was close to 5 pm. we did find a local boy who was only 15, he was a very good... More

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New York City, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I was thrilled that I saw this beach - it's remarkably beautiful and one of only two in the world. I would have been significantly less thrilled if I hiked down. We paid a guy with 4-wheel drive for a bumpy drive down, learned a lot from him on the way and he waited while we explored the beach, then... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Decided to check this place out after hearing about it for awhile. It was about 2 hours drive from Kailua-Kona on Hwy 11, without stopping. Turn off sign was well marked. Don't be deceived though because it's another 30 minutes down to the water on a narrow 2 lane road. You have to compete with the local fishermen in their... More

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Gros Islet, St. Lucia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
43 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Once you park it's still a 45 minute walk to Green Sands. If you don't like walking in the heat, pay a local $10 or so and they'll drive you the rest of the way. There are no concession stands or anything of the sort so make sure to bring lots of water. The water is more brown than green... More

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Orlando, FL
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I visited this beach last week after visiting Punaluu Black Sand Beach; I much preferred Punaluu. I had hiked 4 miles at Volcanoes National Park so I thought this 2.5 mile hike would be a breeze; boy was I wrong. It is very windy and dusty and the trail is rough and uneven. It seemed like we walked forever and... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I love this place. It's a great mix of snorkeling and cliff diving. I wrote a little about it on my blog: http://captaincrunches.com/batman-would-go/

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Tucson, Arizona
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123 reviews 123 reviews
34 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We can now say we were at the southern most point in the USA. We did see some "crazy" people who actually dove into the ocean below and came up to do it again. Not for the faint-hearted. It is very windy there or at least was when we were there.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I extensively read about this adventure prior to going. Several people say to pay the locals there to take you to green sands due to the strenuous hike - we did NOT find this to be true. We initially decided to walk, because I wanted to save money, but we had some of the most beautiful views on that walk.... More

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