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Punaluu Black Sand Beach

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Closed Now: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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“lily pond”(17 reviews)
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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Highway 11, Pahala, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777
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Reviewed yesterday

This beach is gorgeous and worth the drive no matter where you're at on the island!! I couldn't believe how many sea turtles were there!!

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is really cool. It's easy to get to, the water is clean and the beach is in great shape. We also enjoyed seeing the sea turtles on shore.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank David C
Reviewed 5 days ago

Know before you go: the water can be pretty rough & busloads of people sometimes arrive on tours. It was a long drive to get here, but we saw a few turtles, and really enjoyed playing on the beach. The accessibility is very good (parking...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank reller221
Reviewed 1 week ago

Turtles lying on the beach pretty much all of the time. Wow. It was mostly cloudy the day we went and the water was a little rough for our liking but the snorkeling was pretty good anyway. Many turtles in the water and the fish...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely make a stop here after visiting the Green Sand Beach. There are bathrooms and picnic tables here as well as a large parking lot. Locals set up tents for the day and use the grill facilities to cook. We opted to have a take...More

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

Beautiful beach with natural wading pools for small kiddos. Waves were a little rough when we went but I'm not sure if it was because of the time of year or if that is year round. The sea turtles were really neat to watch and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank mdwehner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A short stretch of black sand beach with green sea turtles resting on the sand. A good place to spend a couple of hours. There're some big waves here, and also a lot of people photographing turtles.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank _sw5555_
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful family friendly beach. In addition to the black sand, there are covered picnic areas, restrooms, rinse off shower, concession stand and a life quard.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 624MikeP624
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to numerous black sand beaches but this is seems to be the only “true” black color AND sand, not pebbles. Many so called black sand beaches are more pebbles or gravel. The majority of sand here is actually sand, very fine but...More

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

This isn’t my first time here, but this trip was just really a lot of fun. We weren’t really planning on staying here very long as it wasn’t that pleasant the last time we came here. But it was New Year’s Day and we didn’t...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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.
Simon Magnus A
August 31, 2018|
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Response from Teresa C |
Was this beach affected by the recent lava?
Kori S
August 27, 2018|
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Yes we were there today (28. Aug)
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