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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove from Kona, which took about two hours. The drive is beautiful and becomes isolated very quickly. We reached the southern most point, parked, and then hiked to the beach. It’s just under 3 miles to get to the beach. It’s beautiful and windy....More

Date of experience: June 2019
2  Thank emmyphd
Reviewed 1 week ago

Determined to see one of the world's rare green sand beaches, my wife and I took the drive and made the hike to/from the Green Sand Beach. It was 80+ degrees the day we made the trip, so we were glad that we took plenty...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We shared the experience with friends; an actual green sand beach. an unbelievable Olivine beach. I was unable to climb down the cliff to the water, so Rodney gave me sand of my own. My husband and friends did climb down and get wet. A...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank joylmoran
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a hike to the beach and back. Lots of red dust and sand. If you have a 4x4, you can drive it. Stay towards the North along the fence line and you’ll be fine. Otherwise, catch a ride with a local and they’ll take...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank kmaconsulting
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is Hawaiian Home Land and considered sacred. The locals enjoy sharing it with tourists who are respectful of their sacred lands. The beach is about three miles from the parking area depending on which trail you follow. It is recommended to park and hike...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After reading the reviews of fellow members I was a little stressed about the potential ‘hike’ and what time we would have to leave to ensure sufficient time to conquer this rugged terrain and survive. We set off from our car at 930am on what...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Joslin C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We three mistakes that we will share with you: 1. Came with a young child 2. Decided to walk the 2.5 miles to the green beach instead of paying the fee of around 20/person for a sketchy shuttle 3. Went later in the day. All...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank R0d3y
Reviewed May 14, 2019 via mobile

Once you arrive, you will be offered a $20 per person shuttle to the beach. Unless you are an experienced hiker, or have an experienced driver for extremely rough terrain and are diving a Jeep, you should accept the offer. The hike is nearly 3...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 12, 2019 via mobile

Well worth the hike of 6+ miles round trip, no shade. Wear sunscreen, comfortable clothes & shoes... bring water! You can also pay some locals to drive you to the bowl of the beach... then, it’s a steep climb in & out! Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous!...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank 351natalieg
Reviewed May 9, 2019 via mobile

After a long drive and then a 3mile walk we reached the 'Green' sand beach. It was a lovely (hot & long) walk to a pretty beach. But the sands not really green any more, pictures online made it look more dramatic. I assume it...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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April 2, 2019|
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Response from tganuza | Reviewed this property |
We were told that it was true by the shuttle drivers. That the government regulations was shutting down and not allowing any vehicles at all to make it down to the beach. No private, no shuttle, walking only.
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March 26, 2019|
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Response from Lonny M | Reviewed this property |
It is about 3 miles to walk and the walk is difficult. The ride is about 20 minutes and is $20 per person cash only. Some people walked and took the ride back for half the price, if there was a driver that had space. Most... More
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