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Owner description: The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.
Reviewed April 25, 2014

The Green Sands Beach near South Point is truly the 8th Wonder of the World, and no visitor to Hawaii should ever leave the island without seeing it! And, it's no longer necessary to either rent a 4 wheel drive vehicle or hike a long and arduous trail to get there! A wonderful couple of local brothers are providing personal tours for only $15-20 per person in their pickup truck, right from South Point Road!

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Reviewed April 22, 2014

This is my fourth trip to South Point which I really like. Lot of teenagers were jumping off the cliff and climbing back up the old metal ladder. The climb back up is the hard part. One girl said it all after she jumped.. "It is Fantastic." South Point road has been greatly improved over the few years and I definitely would not be scared - Tent city or no. The locals around here are very friendly. We took the road as far as we could to Green Sand Beach and had the locals take us out in their four wheelers. The guy (who was born there) drove like a nut and it was a FANTASTIC ride. Their four wheelers handled the terrain very well and was fun. The beach is a climb down but entirely manageable by almost anybody and everybody. If you want to stay there all day, go early and maybe walk or make a deal with the locals. The beach is beautiful and fun. Lots of different colors/shapes because of years of erosion. Whole thing worth the trip.
A person should always take water no matter where or when you go. The beach is nice and the water is swim-able unless bad weather. I especially want to say good things about the locals. We could have negotiated 'deals' but were very happy with the $15.00 round trip cost and even gave him a $10.00 tip because it was a blast. If you have traveled this far it is worth it to see the best. The road out to the beach has not been (even built) because the land was given to the Hawaiian people but still stuck someone's office in box. Don't blame the locals.

3  Thank TBall9652
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

The beach is about 2.5 miles of hike from the end of the paved road. There are locals there at the parking area with 4 wheel drives, who take you to the beach and back for a small fee. 'Dave' drove us to the beach on his beat up 4x4.

There is a steep climb down a small cliff to the beach. It has rock formation that act like steps. It's not very hard to go down and climb back up. Our 10 year old had no problem climbing up/down.

It's a very small beach tucked away below a cliff. We were the only ones there when we visited - had a few families with smaller children behind who decided to walk, not sure if they made it all the way to the beach.

The drive over there passes by a detour that takes you to the southern most tip of the US.

2  Thank sdasan
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is a must-see for those who enjoy seeking out unique experiences, as you will be standing inside an old cinder cone! The distance from the parking area to the actual beach and back is around 5 miles of fairly flat, windy, and dusty terrain. Unfortunately, we really didn’t allow enough time for the hike, so we hooked up with one of the locals in an ATV to give us a ride. He said, “Most people charge $10-15 per person, but I let people decide what they pay me.” In my view, riding in the ATV was much better than being one of six in the back of a pickup truck. It was a bumpy, dusty, wild ride! You can see traces of the beautiful olivine sand on the ground long before you reach the beach area. Once we arrived at the beach area, our driver said he’d wait around for as long as we needed. He stood around talking with his friends (he seemed to know everyone) while we climbed down the steep rocks to the actual beach (not a hard climb at all, but we are very active people). Tip: Wear good shoes for this (not flip-flops). Wear a hat (be prepared to hold onto it due to the strong wind), lather on the sunscreen, don the sunglasses, and marvel at the olivine sand twinkling in the sun like glitter and vivid turquoise/blue water. This beach on Hawaii is supposed to be one of four in the world. Dozens of people were sunning themselves on the beach and playing in the water. It is not a particularly large beach. The water seemed extremely rough and probably pretty dangerous, but a few crazies (!) were jumping off the 35-40-foot cliffs into the water on the left hand side of the cinder cone. Another tip: Bring water even if you ride in. The wind and sun take a lot out of you at that latitude. Someone had set up a water/snack stand the day we were there (prices were VERY reasonable), but you probably shouldn’t count on that. After about 30 minutes we climbed back up, found our driver, and rode back to our car. We paid him $40 for the wonderful experience.

4  Thank Dawn A
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

We did this long drive out to the southernmost point in the US but were a little disappointed when we got there that we were nervous to get out of our car due to the tent city there. Not knowing the area we just viewed it from our car. Stop on the way back on the right side at a coffee place as she had great coffee.

1  Thank Susan A
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