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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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north carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Although we didn't make it to the Green Sand Beach, South Point itself was awesome. A beautiful 12 mile drive off of Hwy 11, passing awesome views, pasture lands and wind turbines, you get to the end of the road and there it is. One of the prettiest spots on the Big Island or anywhere else for that matter. We... More

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a 45 minutes walk from the parking to find the beach but the view is just gorgeous... The waves are very strong so be careful when swimming. We've even seen people jumping from the cliff on the left side of the bay. You have to go on a very sunny day to really get to see the green... More

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Boston
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We drove to South Point, but did not visit Green Sand Beach. Some sites will lead you to believe it's hard to get to South Point - it is not. You can drive an ordinary car there... but be aware that the lower parking area is best saved for 4WD vehicles with high clearance. It's a nice view, but the... More

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Ketchikan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

South Point Loved this. So beautiful. Great place for high dive and a lava tube to explore. Good for swimming. Can snorkel outside the cliffs. Personally I think scuba in the tube, snorkel probably isn't safe there. Green Sands This beach is breathtaking. There are only a few green sand beaches in the world so it is totally worth the... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This point is awesome. The water is incredibly blue and the waves are amazing. Watch for the divers. How cool is it to be at the most southern point in all 50 states? Take it all in.

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Indiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We drove 1 1/2 hours from Kailua Kona to the parking lot for the green sands beach in a GM Spark 2 WD vehicle. To ensure we knew where we were going we looked the area up on Google Earth, read information & video on http://www.greensandbeachhawaii.com/directions/, and read the Blue Hawaiian Book all of which were helpful. From the parking... More

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Please visit this place if you are in the big island. If you are hiking, please plan ahead you need complete day. If you are traveling from Kona or Hola and you are doing the Drive make sure you have at least 5 - 6 hours round trip. Driving from Kona to South point will take 1 and half hours... More

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PA
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192 reviews 192 reviews
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Ka Lae was fine. Easy to get to, and the view was amazing. A few people cliff dived while we were there. Seems to be a popular spot for it. The green sand beach however... it was nice. Definitely a novelty, but getting there is a challenge. If you walk, prepare to hike 3 miles across very rough and difficult... More

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fairview Park
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It is well worth the drive to South Point. There is a place where you can jump 30 feet into the ocean and there is also a ladder to climb up. We met some very friendly and talented ladies who made some beautiful jewelry that we purchased. While we were talking with them they asked if we had seen the... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The ocean smashing into the rocks at South Point is rather scenic. We didn't jump off the cliff one one side of the point, but it looked like fun if you're a bit of a daredevil. Getting to Green Sand Beach is either a fairly long, uninteresting walk, or a definite 4WD only drive. AWD vehicles like a CRV won't... More

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