First of all, this was on my list of must see attractions during my stay on the big island. There are only 4 green sand beaches in the world and I was not about to miss this one and it was even near where we were staying. All things considered. We decided on a day, and I drove here. It was about an hour and a half from Kona. The drive was beautiful. We packed for a beach day as we planned to stay and enjoy this unique beach. Before we went, a local had kindly told us all about how to get here, and said locals make a living getting you to the actual beach. There is a parking lot as you enter off the highway. The parking lot is small and it gets packed like sardines in no time. Careful as the parking is pretty much anywhere you fit , a complete mess. I was lucky enough to find the last open spot . We got out and were immediately met by the locals (who were also helping to direct traffic in the parking lot). They were very friendly, or at least the lady was. She asked if we were waiting for the shuttle. I was travelling with my spy 73 year old mom (with a bad hip so there was no way we could hike the "six" miles of extreme terrain to get to the beach. Turns out the shuttle was really a broken down pick up truck. The teenage boy driving was rude and refused to speak. I should note my mom was told to sit in the cab, stuffed up front in a tiny pick up with the driver and another tourist. I was forced to get into the back of the truck . It was horrible. The terrain was the worst, it was like off roading to the extreme. There was nothing to hold onto except a flimsy bar across the sides of the open back. I kept getting tossed and thrown into another man who was in the back ,but secured leaning up into the window of the can. The steering wheel was held together with rope, everything about it was obviously illegal. It's also clearly a scam and for what we got, it was a total rip off . When we finally arrived at the beach I had bruised my ribs and could barely walk right. The kid finally spoke and said we only had 30 minutes before he was leaving and we were stranded. I was livid. There was no time to even enjoy the beach. It was a horrible waste of time and money. The beach sits deep between beautiful cliffs, but it is a long and STEEP- straight down- cliff . There was no way I'd get down and back up in a few minutes so we got screwed. If you hike it, it's not easy, and young people were hopping on because they just couldn't hike back out. Of course they didn't pay when we had to fork over all the money. It was ridiculous all around. Mixed because I got to see the beach and cross it off my bucket list, but disappointed because the only way to experience it , for us, was to be scammed and go along with dangerous illegal activity.
The ride alone was horrific . Half the time , the pick up was on its side and you were holding on for dear life as to not get killed . Literally.
Also all the pics you see of the beach are obviously photoshopped The green is barely noticeable and mostly it looks like any other beach, but it's got incredible surroundings.