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South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach
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Owner description: The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.
Reviewed September 16, 2013

We live minutes from the Green Sand Beach, built a house nearby and yet never went to it until today because of the rough terrain. When we heard of the locals that take you to it we went with our son and his family including our 2 and 4 year old granddaughters. It was wonderful! But if you can decide on your day choose a day with less wind. We chose a very windy day, not thinking that if it was windy where we lived it would be the same there. Duh! There are less windy days. The sand is soft and comforting and beautiful. A true delight!

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

The trip down to South Point and the Green Sand Beach is worth it if you have an extra day on the island of Hawai'i. It can be complicated to get to the destinations, so I would suggest checking how many miles between where you are staying and the intersection of South Point Rd and Highway 11.
Southpoint was neat. Lots of locals fishing and it was cool to go to the most southern point of the USA.
A short drive will bring you to the parking lot for the green sand beach. You can either walk to the beach or get a ride from a local. I would not drive a vehicle on the path. As other reviewers have said, expect a difficult hike and to be covered in red dust. Even though it was a difficult hike, we appreciated the views along the way and taking our time at the beach.
The views are stunning and the water was great for swimming. Be sure to pack sandals or water shoes as the green sand really heats up in the sun.

Thank BethB586
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

If you love wind and places with few other tourists, this is the route for you. South Point is quite a view, just don't blow over the edge. The route to the GSB is clear until you leave the parking lot. Common sense tells you to walk past the boat ramp and follow the trail, but wow there are no signs or hints--after 40 mins we finally saw some other folks coming back. They assured us we were on the right path. After the black rocks and the dusty sand, we finally saw the massive outcropping sticking up above the horizon and the GSB is just below. Gorgeous and unusual, we had to see it since there are so few in the world. But we didn't shimmy down the cliff face to the actual sand. Word to the wise: water! hat with chin strap, sunscreen, start early! we walked 60 mins each way and were very glad to be finished by 12n in September. Any hotter would have been unpleasant.

Thank Laurie_B_VA
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

So I got real lucky. We left early in the morning from Waikaloa Beach area and stopped at the Refugee center and then at a couple coffee farms on the way (the best farm being about ten minutes north of L & L's way way south - the lady had wild pigs, a wild dog (safe), a cat and roosters all over). We had traveled quite a bit that morning and I figured a good hike would be good. My 9 and 6 year olds - as well as my wife would have killed me if we would have hiked this (these trails). However, for $20 we were taken on this perfect little red off road vehicle that we all loved - it was made just for roads like these. There were lots of trails to choose from, so driving and hiking by yourself will tough - you eventually will get there - you can't miss it. But again, riding in the vehicle with Gilbert was an absolute blast and soooo worth the money. And for the green sand - pretty cool! The green sand, the travel there with Gilbert, South Point, then visiting Black Sand Beach was all worth the trip down to this area. We then ventured over to Volcano Park (didn't get to spend much time there) and had dinner in Hilo and traveled back over the Saddle road - amazing in the dark!!!!!

Thank TorranceTroy
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

This was a really cool place to visit. If you plan to hike to the green sand beach, make sure you dont stop at the parking lot where the locals vehicles are parked. If you go a bit farther there is another dirt parking area and it will make the hike a bit shorter. My husband and I parked at the first parking lot and it took us about 45 minutes to make it to the beach one way. The hike is not difficult, just be sure to wear good sneakers.
South point is also there which is the southernmost most tip of the US. There are cliff divers as well as people fishing and a beautful view.
We came from Kona and the drive was pretty nice.

Thank kutedoctor
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