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Punalu'u Black Sand beach

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Open Now: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Open today: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Highway 11, Pahala, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were a part of a Big Island tour and we stopped by this beach just before 5 in the afternoon. I think this is the best time to stop here as the likelihood of spotting a turtle on the beach is highly likely in...More

Date of experience: November 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Punalu'u Beach with the family while on vacation in Hawaii. Although we are from Iceland where there are plenty of black sand beaches, we found this a worthwhile destination with the black sand, the bright green vegetation and the popularity of the beach among...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank EagleFlyer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beach is easy to find and easy to park and walk to. However, the waves and the beach doesn't see too pleasant to swim in. The black sand and rock seems rough and the current seem strong with shorebreak. The scenery is very beautiful...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Nina C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove 1hr 30mins to Punalu’u beach from Kona to see turtles. It was a long drive with not a lot to see along the way, however the beach was easy to get to. There is parking there but there are also a lot of...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank RustysTravel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small beach, perfectly nice. Amazing views and features. Definitely worth checking out for the black sand alone. Beware the sand is coarser than normal. Even if you don't like beaches it's enough of a novelty to see it yourself. There's plenty of parking on three...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank zodreb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Easily accessed from highway 11, just a short drive down to the bay. Lovely black sand beach, which you haven’t seen one before is a must. The bay has a life guard and is suitable to swim and snorkel.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was very cool to see. I didn't think it was a great beach for swimming. The water was rough when I went. But it is for sure, beautiful to see and hang out at. We also saw a sea turtle resting on the beach....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank shennysjoint
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very rocky and not just any rocks lava rocks as you might guess since the Island is a volcano. But my point is wear water shoes you will thank me. Lots of fish.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Tracyoster
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach is one of the easiest beaches to get to on the Big Island. Our experience in arriving was that there is a fork in the road as the road ends. We went left and arrived at a small parking lot right...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank NTSU1975
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very beautiful beach with soft black sand. You can swim here but it is very rocky and the water is cold. A must see while your on the big island especially if you want to see sea turtles

Date of experience: August 2019
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January 27, 2019|
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Response from williamsM29HU | Reviewed this property |
It's about 60 miles from Hilo to Punalua. If you've plans to go to Kona its a good stop along the way. Otherwise, it's 1.5 hours or so each way from Hilo.
January 10, 2019|
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Response from journey_in_wander | Reviewed this property |
They were locals, I don’t believe they have a website.
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August 31, 2018|
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Response from MotownEsq | Reviewed this property |
Generally they are more active at dusk. That would be the best time of day.
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