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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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Not just about the beach

Yes, it is black - course black sand. Yes there are numerous turtles in the water and, before the crowds and showers come after lunch, they haul themselves out on the beach to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Yes, it is black - course black sand. Yes there are numerous turtles in the water and, before the crowds and showers come after lunch, they haul themselves out on the beach to warm up. The waves are rough - not for unaccompanied tiny tykes, although I suppose you might get a day when the swells are low and more... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This black sand beach created by the volcano is definitely worth seeing. It is so gorgeous and so different from what we are accustomed to seeing at regular beaches. The sand consists of tiny lava rock that has been washed down over the years. We did not see the turtles when we were there, but then again we were not... More 

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The view from atop the lava rocks is amazing. It is so relaxing to watch as the waves break against the rocks. The black sand is truly black and sticks to your feel like black rice. Worth the drive!

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Thank Jennifer M
Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The "sand" isn't fine, it's more like crushed lava rock. It was uncomfortable to walk on. There are better beaches on the Big Island, but we did get to see 1 turtle. He or she (I don't know how to tell the difference) looked very sad. People were honoring the signs not to touch the turtles. There are bathrooms here.

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Thank Kelly H
Olathe, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stopped at this beach to see the black sand and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. We visited mid-day and only saw turtles in the water. We stopped back by after visiting the nearby national park and were so happy to see one on the beach. It is a beautiful beach and the turtles are amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful black sandy beach where is possible to see the turtles resting. Amazing experience! Easy parking. During the season full of locals who are camping there.

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Ringgold, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to get to beach. We are photo and video people so we took both, but did not swim. Many were swimming. Great photo opts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Breath taking! There were people all gathered around the largest sea turtle I have ever seen! The water was warm for Hawaii and it was great having the showers to rinse our feet off. The teenagers loved it!

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Redondo Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The black sand is from the waves crushing the black lava. Very picturesque spot and a beautiful beach.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is very different from most public beaches. The ocean is very rough and waves are crashing onshore over the lava rocks. It was nice to see.

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