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“Hard to reach, but well worth it!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach

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, Outdoors
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Owner description: The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.
Portland, Oregon
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“Hard to reach, but well worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

First off, the road to South Point is pretty good, however it is narrow and rough in places. Given that, you drive for about 12 miles off the main highway to get to South Point. Here you'll find local fishermen on the cliffs overlooking the beautiful Pacific ocean. The water is so clear, you can see all sorts of fish from the cliffs and the folks we talked to were very friendly. There was a young lady selling jewelry and refreshments from the back of her car and showed us samples of green sand from the beach. She was very helpful in providing us directions to the beach. From South Point, we took our 4x4 Jeep and drove to the boat ramp and then headed north along the cliffs for about 2.5 miles to reach the Green Sand Beach. This is a 4x4 road, no doubt about it. In fact there are numerous roads in the area, but they all seem to lead to where we wanted to go. If you don't have a 4x4, there were some locals who will transport you to and back from the beach for a fee. Not sure how much they charge. Walking the 2.5 miles might be some work. The Green Sand Beach was beautiful and well worth the trip. We did some snorkling, but be careful of the currents. Great place to visit...and it IS green!!!

Visited September 2012
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“Only 2 green sand beaches in the world...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

The other one is in the Galapagos Island!

This is a VERY small secluded beach. It was about a 5-mile round trip hike to the green sand beach (wear proper attire and bring water), at times I thought we were lost or some how passed it. We didn't...try to stay away from the cliffs since the hike would be much harder and rockier. Stay on the dirt road...you'll get there! You'll see a MOB of people when you arrive. Beware it was VERY VERY VERY windy, I couldn't even hear my boyfriend talking to me. When we arrived to the green sand beach you have to take a steep walk down to the beach, be careful and wear sturdy shoes. You have to get down to see/feel the sand. We saw people arriving and just turning back???? If doesn't look super green from afar! It's a darker olive green color. We were getting blasted by the wind...sprays of sand + sea water. Keep your shades on. About 20-mins later...we saw 2 manta rays swimming very close to the shore. It was definitely worth it!

If you're lazy and didn't wear the proper shoes you could always pay the locals about $10-15 a person for a 15-min super bumpy round trip to the green sand beach, I think they give you about 30-minute to walk around? Start the hike early if you can. I wish I could go back...right now!

Visited September 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Southernmost point in the USA”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Did not want to miss this part of the Big Island. Visited the southernmost point in the USA. It was very windy though. Saw people jumping down into the ocean from the cliffs. A place not to miss on your travels around the big island

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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“Take a 4-wheel drive!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

It's a long walk and if you don't have 4-wheel drive you'll wish you did. I've walked it before but I wouldn't do it again. I've been there 3 or 4 times over the years and it's worth a trip in.

Visited October 2011
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“Like to walk?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

A must see for tourists as it is most southern area and has a beautiful green sand beach. Yup, we have black & green sand beaches here and it certainly is a rarity.
You can rent ATV's and ride down there to not only enjoy beach but also the beautiful Pacific ocean.

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