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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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Montgomery, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This is a must-see for those who enjoy seeking out unique experiences, as you will be standing inside an old cinder cone! The distance from the parking area to the actual beach and back is around 5 miles of fairly flat, windy, and dusty terrain. Unfortunately, we really didn’t allow enough time for the hike, so we hooked up with... More

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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We did this long drive out to the southernmost point in the US but were a little disappointed when we got there that we were nervous to get out of our car due to the tent city there. Not knowing the area we just viewed it from our car. Stop on the way back on the right side at a... More

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Seattle
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Ka Lae is 12 miles from the main road. The road is narrow but well paved. Make a brief stop at Ka Lae and take a selfie at the southernmost point in the US. If you're the adventurous type, you can take the 40 ft or so plunge off the cliff into the blue water below. If not, just enjoy... More

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Dacula, Georgia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Long one-lane road takes you near the end. You have to walk or have a 4-wheel drive to go all the way. Beautiful views of Ka Lae, a wind farm, old lava flows, and one of only a handful of green sand beaches in the world. There are usually some locals with 4-wheel drive vehicles that are willing to escort... More

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Hartwell, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

We drove to south point to green sand beach. You have to have a 4x4 to get down there by the trails. Once you get there its breath taking, amazing old volcano crater filled with green sand crystals and peridots. The water is soooo blue and green beautiful. Its worth the drive oe hike to see it, but if your... More

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Niles, Ohio
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62 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect when we headed down the long road to Ka Lae we just knew that we had to go there just to say that we had been to the southernmost point of the United States! This was really a cool place to visit. The cliffs were amazing....the water so blue. We were lucky enough to... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This is a must do, you can visit South Point and watch the crazies jump off the cliff and then drive over the parking area for green sands beach. You have two ways to get there - walk 2.5 - 3.0 miles each way or pay $10 for a ride. We had all day so decided to walk. What a... More

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Ladysmith, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

There are only 4 of these beaches in the world! I feel it is a must see when on Kona. You have to 4x4 to get there, but its not too bad. When you get there you have to hike down a crack in the crater to get to the bottom. This beach was formed by the erosion of a... More

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La Mesa, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

We got to the parking area for the hike to the green sand beach a little later in the afternoon, after taking some time at the southernmost point of the USA first ( also worth seeing if for no other reason than to say you have been there) We were debating if we should do the hike or take the... More

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UK
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

It was amazing in a crater, steep walk down, but oh! what rewards - - do go!! Green crystals of glassy sand on beach - fascinating. Nice local boys giving lifts in jeeps if you can't walk too far.

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