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Punalu'u Black Sand beach

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Punalu'u Black Sand beach

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flashncrash wrote a review Oct 2020
Berkeley, California727 contributions359 helpful votes
On our way from leaving our rental in Volcano to our next rental in Kailua-Kona we stopped off at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach. We opted to enter from the south end off of Ninole Loop Rd where there is an elevated covered area for picnic tables and grills as well as restrooms. This area has a decent-sized parking lot and offers a nice overlook of the beach as well as easy access to the beach itself. There is an area that is taped off so people won't get too close to some of the turtles. There were only a handful the day we visited but it's always wonderful to see these beautiful animals. The black sand is coarse and gets quite hot as we realize any sand can do. We did not venture out into the water so cannot comment on that aspect. Not sure I would tell you to go out of your way to visit but if you are making the drive along the southern edge of the island from one side of the island to the other then I would recommend making a stop here.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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psudino wrote a review Sep 2020
Weehawken, New Jersey3,151 contributions623 helpful votes
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As you can probably tell from my title, there are giant turtles here. Thankfully the rangers put up cones so people do not walk up to them because according to our guide they will bite if feeling threatened. The sand is black, which is awesome and unique to a volcanic island. Our guide also pointed out some ancient art which is also thankfully protected from the public touching it. Overall, an outstanding a uniquely Hawaiian stop!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Christopher M wrote a review Jun 2020
Brookfield, Wisconsin191 contributions107 helpful votes
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We truly enjoyed our time at this beach. Bring water shoes the sand gets hot! The sand is large and grainy pieces. My toddlers thought it was fun digging in it. The parking is free. There is an area to access the water and there was another section with a small lava stone barrier that the turtles were going to. We saw 8 turtles. There were a lot of people, but it seemed like people stay at the beach for short visits. Most people were by the turtles, but everyone was courteous moving so people could take pictures or videos. There is a pavilion with bathrooms. There was also a local selling coconuts. Delicious fresh coconut water. The coconut came with cool souvenir bamboo straws with the beaches name on it.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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ncolorado84 wrote a review May 2020
Denver, Colorado61 contributions1 helpful vote
Very cool looking black sand beach. Samd gets very hot so bring your flip flops.Took us a bit to get here from our resort but well worth it.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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vampycat74 wrote a review May 2020
Toronto, Canada161 contributions40 helpful votes
According to my daughter, she says: "I liked the black sand beach, I hope we go back. There was supposed to be turtles but I didin't see any." This beach is gorgeous, and it's easy to stop by, either on the way to or back from Volcanoes National Park, while staying in Kona. Unfortunately, it rained while were were there, so that may have been why it was a little more deserted than usual (both with people and amphibeans. As my little one said, would love to visit again, on a more sunny day, for a longer period of time.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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