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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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Greeley, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Very cool olive green beach. Beautiful water and swimming here. Approx three mile hike from where you park your car with no shade - I recommending paying the $10 per person and let the locals drive you in. They will wait while you explore and bring you back when you are ready. The ride in was well worth the money... More

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Yorba Linda, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Such a shame that it's only accessible via 4 wheel drive or on foot 6 miles round trip. A long but interesting drive to reach the trail head and parking lot; very confusing once you arrive, not well marked.

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Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I'll start this review by saying we did not go to the green beach. The south point was great. The cliffs are awesome and beautiful. When we first got there and were taking pictures and some Hawaiian guy randomly offered to take our picture and then began telling us his family's history in the area. The were cliffs to jump... More

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CA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Going to the Green Sand Beach is like no other experience I've been. The sand is actually green due to the minerals. Hard to photograph the color, but it can be seen. You should either rent a 4 WD to trek into the area and then hike down to the beach , or be ready to hike for a few... More

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Orange, Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It will be a good 15 min drive to the end of Southpoint road. Trust me - pay the locals $15 (roundtrip) each to take you there. It is a LONG way to hike in open sun. 2-3 miles didn't seem long, until you start walking it in the middle of nowhere. Ocean views along the way are great and... More

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north carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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

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
10 helpful votes 10 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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