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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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Santa Maria, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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
66 helpful votes 66 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
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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 reviews 3 reviews
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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Seattle, Washington
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The big island has so many wonderful things to see and do that it is really hard to pick a favorite. This definitely makes it into the top 5 for me at the big island. I did not think the sand would be as green as it was. (the pictures of places are almost always enhanced and not real) but... More

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Naalehu, Hawaii
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Green sand beach is definitely a hike but well worth it!! They say don't drive and I wholeheartedly agree-- the jeep tracks cut through several foot drops into soft sand and across extremely uneven terrain. Locals in the parking lot will give you a lift for a fee if you're not prepared for the trek (and yes, it's a hot... More

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