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South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach

Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI
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The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“mile hike” (83 reviews)
“round trip” (68 reviews)
“pickup truck” (44 reviews)
Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed yesterday

This beach was amazing. It was a hike out there but worth it. You can get locals to drive you out, but don't do it. Four reasons: one, it's illegal. Two, it contributes to environmental degradation and erosion of the natural landscape and we need...More

Thank Dave W
Reviewed 3 days ago

2.5 mile walk each way or for $20 round take a local 4 wheel ride very beautiful beach - recommend the walk if you wish to stay and play.

Thank lkswhite
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing views and super fun to say we were in the southern most point of the United States. We enjoyed it more because we had rented a Jeep so we were able to drive closer to the beach. We parked and hiked some of the...More

Thank Jill C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We felt compelled to experience the southern most point in the 50 United States, so drove down the single lane 12 mile road to get there. It is extremely windy. A pair of sturdy shoes is a good idea. You can get down to the...More

1  Thank letsgotochina
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The natural view at this point is really very nice and mind-boggling. It is best suited for photography lovers.

Thank kirtan777
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Green Sand Beach is a far way either from Hilo or Kona. After arriving in the parking lot there is a 1-hour hike to get to the actual beach. The hike is boring, extremely windy and was the least favorite thing we did during...More

2  Thank Xabbu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The view is simply amazing and is best for nature photography lovers as well as for couples coming here for their pre-wedding/post-wedding photo-shoots.

Thank jainishaaa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to get to the Green Sand Beach, rent a four wheel drive with plenty of clearance, hike the 5 miles round trip or pay $20 per person round trip to ride in the back of a pickup truck or van. We attempted...More

Thank Katie S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the main reason I returned to the Big Island. It is not easy to get to at all but worth it to me! Our private guide to us to the location where you may hike or ride for a fee to the top...More

Thank KatzTravels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

this is a great trip. it's a 2.5 mile hike along the coast. Amazing views and a spectacular time. DO NOT take a local truck. First, it's not legal. Second, the trucks are destroying the landscape. Don't be lazy tourist...put on sunscreen, wear a hat,...More

Thank Jim G
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October 23, 2017|
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Response from louisg319 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure probably not Uber or Lyft
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 James S | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't cliff jump unless you have snorkeld the water to check for depth or rock spires. And don't swim these waters without lifeguard present....several people drown per day in Hawaii....and good swimmers too... More