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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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Georgia
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80 reviews 80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Even if you can't get down to the green sand beach, this trip is well worth the venture! It is very starkly, picturesque and it is hard to believe you are still in HI. The winds are very powerful and the wind farm is very beautiful in a solitary sort of way. The sunset is very beautiful from there as... More

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Loveland, Colorado, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We read several reviews before heading to the Southernmost Point and to Green Sand Beach. We thoroughly enjoyed both. The Southernmost Point is breathtaking with exceptional views. Absolutely beautiful. If you are adventurous, there is a small walkout that is wooden that you can jump 35-40+ feet into the water below and climb up the ladder. We watched several people... More

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Steep hike down but doable! Being water and wear appropriate hiking shoes and hat. Locals offer a ride and are very friendly. Water was rough but swimming. Was safe as long as you don't go out too far.

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Austin, TX
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We had a blast going back to green sands beach. The truck ride and our friendly driver were great. When we got there the views are amazing. The way the rock is carved from the wind and water is beautiful. Fun little climb down to the beach. What we didn't like so much was all the plastic pieces that were... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We expected to find a nice green sand beach as depicted in many online pictures. However, the colour of the sand was not green at all. It was browny. It might be because the sand colour depends on the day (?) or just because it is not green anymore. The walk is long (45min/1h) but it is a nice adventure-experience... More

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Winter Haven, Florida, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A very nice trip to the southern most point in the US, You can watch locals jumping off the cliffs. then go to the green sand beach. Either walk 3 miles(each way) or pay a local $15.00 for a ride in the back of a pick-up. It is well worth the $15.00 and it puts some money in the hands... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A comprehensive experience for such a short detour when driving to or from Volcano, as part of a trip south of Kona or as a trip in its own right. Drive down South Point Road to a parking lot, preceding a ~3 mi rough dirt road / trail to the green sand beach. This is handled one of 3 ways:... More

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Vancouver
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

$15 per person to get a ride on a 4x4 if you don't want to hike the 3 miles over 1hr each way trail. There are a few locals giving rides to tourists if they want for that fee. They are all related to each other so don't think you can get them to drop the price. They are out... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Getting to green sand beach is a ~90 minute hike or you can pay someone $15/person round trip. If you hike it, take some water so you don't dehydrate. Either way don't miss this! The view is amazing, and the beach is an interesting and oddity that isn't available anywhere else. The sand really is green! Even my little kids... More

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

First, this beach is REMOTE. We went to Volcano National Park first so we got to the beach later in the afternoon. My husband has a broken ankle so we took the advice of others and paid a local to drive us there in his ATV. Worth every penny! The path is bumpy and long but that was such an... More

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