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The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
near Ka Lae - South Point, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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This is one of four green sand beaches left in the world. I know I sound like Cliff Claven throwing out random factoids, but this beach won't be around forever, and it's absolutely spectacular, so take advantage while you can. If you choose to go...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ajax_BayArea
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We have been here a few times and it never gets old. Our previous trips the waves were very high and rough; but not this visit. They were calm and relaxing!! Locals will ask for $20 round trip ride in a truck which is rough...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 222kurtc
Reviewed 3 days ago

The beach was nice and I loved the cliff as it was very majestic. However, if you really want to see some properly green sand, stop at the green pebble beach about half way through your hike. That sand is crazy, sooo green! Very cool...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank gosiiak
Reviewed 6 days ago

We hiked 2.5 miles with rough terrain to reach the beach. It was extremely windy. But seeing the one of the only four green beaches in the world all hardships were worth. The color is very faint green and you can see this kind of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank wzhou80228
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a beautiful beach 🏖 with kind of green sand. We had to hike from parking to this beach and it took us about an hour. It is not a difficult hike. I took a dip, and water was kind of cold in mid...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank LifeIsAJellyBean
Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to make the hike out to Green Sand Beach and enjoyed following along the ocean. Along the way we saw lots of birds, a couple of whales just off shore and extensive lava flows and grasslands. The beach was nice but isolated and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BRDman7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hiked to Papakolea Beach, and hiked back. Even though it was not too hot, it was quite an arduous journey, and do not do this without good footwear - running shoes at a minimum, walking shoes better still. The hike in and out is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LeftymartinMiles
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You have to hike 3 miles (each way) to visit this beach. It is not for the faint of heart. The hike takes you over a variety of terrain that is fully exposed the entire way - no shade. You walk over everything from rocks...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mjhoug
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove to the Green sand beach from South Point. It's an easy drive to get to the parking lot. We'd read reviews saying that you could hike it or pay 20 dollars for the round trip however we had rented a jeep and I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mississippi R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was really cool to see. The hike was about 5 miles round trip. There is no shade, so bring sunscreen and lots of water. Good hiking shoes highly recommended. There are locals that will drive you down for $20 per person round trip. I...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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October 23, 2017|
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Response from DougEngel | Reviewed this property |
So since I wrote this review, I have been there many times. If you can't drive, talk a friend into going with you. Make sure they drive!! LOL. Once you are in South Point, there are often locals who will drive you there for... More
January 29, 2017|
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Response from Jennifer K | Reviewed this property |
They will approach you on the parking area. I think the hike itself added to the experience though and I wouldn't pay for the ride personally. I would suggest being sunscreens up as it's very windy and you don't realize... More
January 8, 2017|
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Response from Jeff A | Reviewed this property |
When we were there, it was moderately rough. My wife is a competitive master's swimmer, and she refused to go in. People think Hawaii is a theme park. #1 cause of death for tourists is drowning. You couldn't pay me to go... More