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“Nice, but not sure if its worth it.”

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.
Aurora, Minnesota
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“Nice, but not sure if its worth it.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013

Nice beach and scenery but to get to the south point you probably have to go at least 2 hours out of way if going to volcano. The beach is barely green and you either need to take a 4x4 3 miles to get to it, hike, or pay a local 20 per person for a ride. It has a really nice view but the only thing you get out of it is to say "I went there" which is barely worth the time spent which could have been doing something more fun like snorkeling for free. If you need to prove your a man there is a pretty good place to cliff jump from.

Visited December 2013
6 Thank Dan J
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“Green crystalloid sand in the most dry,barren landscape.....surreal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

Now that we have experienced fine,black sand,bleached white variety..... we came here to sample the green type, on one of the most unusual beaches on the island.
This olive -green crescent,lies at the base of Mahana Bay.... the greenish tint,a by product of crystals formed in volcanic eruptions. The dry, barren landscape is surreal. Surfing is verbotten,as it is often rough and hazardous. I should mention that this mission,demands two hours of walking each way. So if you are up for it,join us for some time-out in solitude and supreme beauty.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Eli B
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Carrollton, Texas
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“Getting to Green Sand Beach is Half the Adventure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

From the end of the road near South Point it's a three-mile hike to Green Beach. With daylight running out we decided to take the four-wheel option. Young Hawaiian with a pickup that had obviously made the trip a lot of times. $15 per/rider. He picked his way along surprisingly rough terrain and through deep ruts. The payoff is an awesome little beach, framed dramatically by a giant arrowhead like peninsula on one side. The beach is easily 70 feet below where we parked, with beautiful, olive-green sand. Testy climb down but this 60-something had no problems making it. Undertow is said to be a problem and we were not prepared to get in the water but a number of people were happily frolicking in the surf.

Visited December 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Unique beach off the beaten path”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

My husband and I recently decided to visit South Point and green sand beach (Papakolea Beach) on our recent visit to the big island. The hike was relatively easy and about 6 miles round trip. I was not expecting the winds to be as strong as they were, but it was nice to have a breeze with the temps being as hot as they were (we hiked in the afternoon). By the time we arrived at the beach, we had to clean a layer of dirt off our legs and faces! The beach is small, but very scenic. If you're not up for the hike, but still want to visit, there are locals waiting in the parking lot on either side and will offer to drive you there and back for a fee. :) We were up for the adventure, so we hiked both ways. Be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and some comfortable shoes!

Visited November 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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“Green Sand Bech”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

Was well worth the hike to it! It only took us 45 minutes. It's amazing - really is green! We were the only ones on the beach when we arrived. We got an early start. So, enjoyed walking in the water and sand all alone for 15 minutes. Take water and wear a hat/visor as the sun can be intense. Lovely breeze the whole way though. DO IT!

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Beth R
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