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“Don't Drive, Hire Alfred”

South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach
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8-Hour Custom Private Tour on the Big Island of Hawaii
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Jeep Tour: Custom Big Island Adventure
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Owner description: The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.
Reviewed November 11, 2013

We thought we could see the Green Sand Beach from our car, and knew we couldn't walk the 2-3 miles.Turns out you can't see the beach, and we were not taking our rental car on that trail. As we were debating what to do, Alfred, a local offered to drive us there in his 4 wheel drive "monster like" truck. We asked how much, and he said whatever we wanted to pay him. Four of us jumped in and had a wonderful experience. Alfred was a real character, whose relatives once lived very close to the beach. He said he hadn't left the island and didn't care too. He took us to a smaller beach first and educated us on how the green sand got there, among many other topics. He was so peaceful, and inclusive of all people, we just enjoyed his company so much.He took lots of photos of us, even posing us! He answered all our questions, never rushed us, and had the true "Aloha Spirit" something we could all use every day. we were there over 1 1/2 hours, a highlight of our trip. Each couple gave Alfred $40, and he was so thankful. A tour operator would have charged twice that. Alfred is a Godly man, and we were blessed to spend time with him.

4  Thank CarolinaTraveler
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

We had a wonderful time not only at the beach but on few mile off road drive. We had a stock rental Jeep and it easily made it through the sandy trails. I would not suggest hiking to the beach if you dont have 3 or more hours before sunset unless you want to hike back in the dark to the parking lot. I agree with the other reviews that it is worth it to pay one of the locals for a ride to and from the beach, but please be aware they are not guaranteed to be there.

Thank JayRud911
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

My family and I hiked to the Green Sand Beach which was a long, tiring, and sweaty hike. There were people offering rides to the Beach but we chose to hike to burn off our morning breakfast. The sand at the beach itself was not as green as this one sandy area about halfway from the beginning of the hike to the beach itself. There the sand was much greener and more beautiful. When I arrived at the beach, I was so intimidated with going down the slope. From where I was at, the slope looked really steep. However, once you are at the entrance to the decent, it is not as steep and is very easy to make it down to the beach and to get back up.

If you decide to go to the Big Island, I highly recommend stopping by here as green sand beaches are so rare in the world.

Thank Cathy N
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Going to the Green Sand Beach is worth the trip and the drive. It is an easy drive. The last portion of the drive is on a narrow, one lane paved road. Take your time and be prepared to drop your outside tires off the road when meeting oncoming traffic. Once the road ends, it is an easy 2.5 mile walk to the green sand beach. At a 20 minute mile pace, it will take you about 50-60 minutes to walk one way. Follow the trails along the coast and you will eventually find the small green sand bay. If you are not comfortable walking cross country, ill health, etc PAY THE LOCALS FOR A RIDE TO AND FROM. A young man on a gator was charging a nominal amount, $15 per person for a round trip. We met several people who walked several miles and gave up. If you walk, aim for the "cliff". It will cut off about a 1/2 mile. If you are sure when the "cliff is located, walk the coast. Its a little longer but worth it. At the cliff, above the green sand beach, be careful and watch your step. There are NO facilities at this beach. Bring water.

2  Thank JSW731
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

this place is truly unique and gives you a snapshot of what it was like when the first original settlers landed on this island. it makes you feel like the edge of the world, with sweeping cliffside views of the ocean, and wind blowing so hard, it makes the trees grow horizontally. if you're game, take a 6 mile rocky hike east to green sands beach, where the sand is green! we saw a kid riding a dune buggy giving people rides for $10 each... well worth it, if not just for the adventurous ride.

Thank jimbomania
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