Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

  • Athena C.
    "Just saw sea turtles 🐢 resting on the beautiful black sand beach!"(4 Tips)
    Adam S.
    "There always seem to be green sea turtles at this beach too."(4 Tips)
    Joyce S.
    "Amazing and very beautiful beach."(3 Tips)
    "Keep your distance and let them live and swim in peace!"(2 Tips)
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  • Brittney K.
    Brittney KleinfelterFebruary 6, 2015
    If you're lucky, you'll see some turtles. If you're not lucky, you still get to experience black sand that is smoother than riding a 40 ft wave. Be careful though: the sun gets super hot midday
  • Laura
    LauraAugust 9, 2014
    Soo pretty! Bring water shoes, because the sand is pretty coarse. There are lots of volcanic rocks to hike around on which is really fun!
  • Paul R.
    Paul RossiMarch 7, 2015
    This is a surreal experience. It's a must see while on the Big Island. You might even see a giant sea turtle. Best beach ever.
  • Adam S.
    Adam StallmanSeptember 23, 2015
    A must stop! There always seem to be green sea turtles at this beach too. During low tide they can be found resting on the sand.
  • Joe S.
    Joe StainbrookOctober 1, 2014
    This may not be the best beach for swimming, but it's incredible to see an all-black sand beach! Make sure you scoop some up and play with it; your hands stay clean! I kept expecting dirty hands.
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]January 24, 2012
    Give the sea turtles their space, don't steal the sand, and take plenty of photos. Those are the rules. Learn 'em, know 'em, live 'em...
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Bérenger
    BérengerNovember 28, 2015
    Go meet the turtles! But don't be a stupid tourist. Keep your distance and let them live and swim in peace!
    Upvoted 4 days ago
  • Esben Theis J.
    Esben Theis JensenApril 22, 2017
    The beach looks like a tropical paradise and have a small lily pond behind it. Watch out for sharp rocks in the water though
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaApril 11, 2017
    Great place to see sea turtles. Also have a lovely pond on the other side of the beach.
  • Rachel A.
    Rachel AdamsJanuary 26, 2017
    Definitely cool to see the black sandy beach and a must see stop if you are going to the volcano
  • Athena C.
    Athena CeeJuly 1, 2017
    Just saw sea turtles 🐢 resting on the beautiful black sand beach!
  • S C.
    S CSeptember 15, 2013
    Great place to observe turtles. The water's tad chilly to swim and there're ants so keep an eye on your food.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiOctober 16, 2015
    Go at sunset!! You might get to see sea turtles but please don't disturb them!
  • Rafael G.
    Rafael GarciaNovember 6, 2015
    A must see in Kona. There is a secret turtle spot. Find them and win cool photos ;-)
  • Maya B.
    Maya ByrneSeptember 5, 2016
    Beautiful beach with ample parking if you use the address on google maps
  • Deb
    DebApril 8, 2014
    Cute snack bar with unique souvenirs.
  • Al B.
    Al B.August 24, 2017
    Beautiful black sands and there's a lily pond as well!
  • Jill H.
    Jill HarrisonApril 23, 2015
    Beautiful beach. What a good place to spend a lazy afternoon.
  • @drhiphop
    @drhiphopFebruary 16, 2014
    Turtles the size of the ninja turtles just chilling on the sand
  • Trebor B.
    Trebor BanstetterJune 25, 2014
    Great spot for a picnic lunch amid unique scenery.
  • Sigrid B.
    Sigrid BiernackiDecember 14, 2013
    Best black sand beach ever and love seeing turtles
  • Quintein
    QuinteinFebruary 16, 2017
    Very coarse sand but great for snorkeling and sunbathing
  • Talisa C.
    Talisa ChangSeptember 21, 2014
    Beautiful. A little gritty/pebbly for a swim spot though.
  • Giulia P.
    Giulia PratiAugust 31, 2015
    Peaceful scenery with the grove of palm trees and lilies
  • Kristy T.
    Kristy TumlerJune 24, 2011
    Great place to see tons of sea turtles!! Just please be sure to leave these beautiful creatures alone! : )
  • Alexander P.
    Alexander PolsonMarch 16, 2014
    Keep your eyes peeled for the turtles that frequent the beach but keep your distance.
  • Chandra
    ChandraNovember 8, 2011
    Always have a jacket with you on this island. You never know when it is going to get cool.
  • Joyce S.
    Joyce SolesMay 24, 2015
    Amazing and very beautiful beach.
  • Eri F.
    Eri FMAugust 7, 2013
    Nice place to see!
  • Jana J.
    Jana JordanJune 10, 2012
    Make sure you walk around and look by the rocks for turtles
  • Brian D.
    Brian DuncanJanuary 29, 2015
    Beautiful and try the coffee.
  • Noah S.
    Noah SellingDecember 9, 2015
    One visit is not enough to such a magical place.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HongDecember 10, 2014
    Be sure to visit the sunbathing turtles!
  • Hiedi E.
    Hiedi ENovember 23, 2012
    Best basaltic black sand beach on the island.
  • Steve S.
    Steve StigallMay 1, 2014
    People watching as well as the sea turtles.
  • Trevella W.
    Trevella WilliamsFebruary 8, 2012
    Great spot to view sea turtles :)
  • Chris S.
    Chris StotenJuly 9, 2015
    Sea turtles and best black sand beach
  • Dan K.
    Dan KiahaApril 26, 2010
    Turtles are often seen here resting on the warm beach heads. Be sure to keep at least 18 feet from them.
  • WEI W.
    WEI WEIJanuary 12, 2015
    Turtles! Black sand looks dirty but is actually very clean.
  • Nikonov I.
    Nikonov IvanApril 3, 2013
    Too many stones. Really hard to swim especially if you don't want the stones to hurt you.
  • Eri F.
    Eri FMAugust 7, 2013
    Really black sand!
  • Mohammed A.
    Mohammed AlMutairiAugust 14, 2014
    Awesome !!
  • Kevin L.
    Kevin LFebruary 25, 2015
    black sand and green sea turtles.
  • Susan M B.
    Susan M BakerSeptember 23, 2013
    look for the honus sunning themselves in the surf
  • LuAnn K.
    LuAnn KiddSeptember 12, 2013
    The black sand is beautiful!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SabladMarch 9, 2013
    Love the Beach here !!!
  • Manuel H.
    Manuel HeckNovember 23, 2015
    Hawaiian green sea turtles
  • Glenn F.
    Glenn FujimuraJanuary 9, 2011
    Snorkel out a bit and play with the sea turtles.
  • Robin H.
    Robin HarrisFebruary 20, 2016
    The green sea turtles
  • Rob R.
    Rob RigginsJanuary 12, 2011
    If u r hungry go to green sand cafe in punaluu
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