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Punalu'u Black Sand Beach Park

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Address: Highway 11, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777
Phone Number: (800) 464-2924
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Nestled in an area with coconut trees and a black sand beach, this park is...

Nestled in an area with coconut trees and a black sand beach, this park is one of the best in Hawaii.

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Gorgeous.

We had a marvelous time on the black sand despite the absence of turtle sightings that day. It was very rainy, but we still had fun and the water was divine. (note to self: next... read more

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a marvelous time on the black sand despite the absence of turtle sightings that day. It was very rainy, but we still had fun and the water was divine. (note to self: next visit to Hawaii will not be in August. Other trips in January and October the weather was better)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a drive from Kona and we went mainly to see the turtles as this was reported to be a spot they love to go to. Unfortunately fr s, we didn't see one. But it is a pretty site to see and walk a bit. Not a true beach to spend the day at as it is very rocky... More 

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Oregon Coast, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a very beautiful black sand beach that is also a hangout for Sea Turtles! Watch for them in the surf, and look for them in various small inlets in the park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was pouring rain all morning of our 1st full day @ VNP (arrived the afternoon prior). So, at lunchtime we ate at Tuk-Tuk Thai Food truck (very good) in Volcano Village. They recommended that we go down to Punalu'u, because it will likely be sunny there. This was excellent advice: it was beautiful and sunny. There were some people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We arrived around 9:00 am on a Sunday morning and parked at the south lot. North lot still had plenty of parking spots available and that's where public restrooms are located. But since we were a bit early, the south lot still had spaces available. The beach was stunning! Sand wasn't rocky as at other beaches on the island -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped on our way to the Volcanoe's National Park to check out the back sand and hopefully see turtles. The sand was definitely different, but beautiful, and two turtles were swimming in the shallow waters to the left of the cove. Definitely recommend stopping by to check it out!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This beach is great because you can just drive to it. It's actually not very crowded either! The black sand is such a cool thing to see! There are usually sea turtles too, although you need to make sure to leave them alone. Great even as a quick leg stretcher stop if your taking the coastal route from Kona to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great place for turtle watching - you can see them come up onto the beach itself or you can see them swimming in the shallow water (especially if you stand on the overlook area on the right). The sand on this beach is really fun - it glitters in bright sunlight.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful stop! Definitely worth stopping just for the pics but I'm not sure I would swim here. The waters seem a little rough and all the rugged lava rock just seemed like a place you can get hurt. But I might be a wimp in that way. Definitely not a place for little ones to get in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time seeing a black sand beach, and it was very beautiful. We got to see the big turtles up on the beach and walk around on the lava rocks. Not sure it would be great for swimming due to the sharp rocks, but worth the visit for the scenery.

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