Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

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75-788 Ninole Loop Rd, Pāhala, HI 96777, United States
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    Sigrid B.
    "Best black sand beach ever and love seeing turtles"(2 Tips)
    Whitney H.
    "Look for the sea turtles on the beach."(9 Tips)
    Trevella W.
    "Great spot to view sea turtles :)"(3 Tips)
    Joyce S.
    "Amazing and very beautiful beach."(2 Tips)
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  • Joyce S.

    Amazing and very beautiful beach.

    Joyce Soles · May 24
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  • Jill H.

    Beautiful beach. What a good place to spend a lazy afternoon.

    Jill Harrison · April 23
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  • Paul R.

    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.

    Paul Rossi · March 7
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  • Kevin L.

    black sand and green sea turtles.

    Kevin L · February 25
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  • Brittney K.

    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

    Brittney Kleinfelter · February 6
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  • Brian D.

    Beautiful and try the coffee.

    Brian Duncan · January 29
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  • WEI W.

    Turtles! Black sand looks dirty but is actually very clean.

    WEI WEI · January 12
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  • Heather P.

    There's ALWAYS turtles everywhere

    Heather Popil · January 12
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  • Christine H.

    Be sure to visit the sunbathing turtles!

    Christine Hong · December 10, 2014
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  • Ray G.

    The word black in the name of this beach should be changed to something more culturally sensitive I like charred lava granules or something that exemplifies the heritage and struggle of the sands past

    Ray G · November 21, 2014
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  • Joe S.

    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.

    Joe Stainbrook · October 1, 2014
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  • Talisa C.

    Beautiful. A little gritty/pebbly for a swim spot though.

    Talisa Chang · September 21, 2014
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  • Mohammed A.

    Awesome !!

    Mohammed AlMutairi. · August 14, 2014
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  • Laura

    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!

    Laura · August 9, 2014
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  • Trebor B.

    Great spot for a picnic lunch amid unique scenery.

    Trebor Banstetter · June 25, 2014
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  • Steve S.

    People watching as well as the sea turtles.

    Steve Stigall · May 1, 2014
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  • Deb

    Cute snack bar with unique souvenirs.

    Deb · April 8, 2014
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  • Alexander P.

    Keep your eyes peeled for the turtles that frequent the beach but keep your distance.

    Alexander Polson · March 16, 2014
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  • @drhiphop

    Turtles the size of the ninja turtles just chilling on the sand

    @drhiphop · February 16, 2014
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  • Sigrid B.

    Best black sand beach ever and love seeing turtles

    Sigrid Biernacki · December 14, 2013
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  • Nadra A.

    Turtles everywhere!

    Nadra Angerman · November 19, 2013
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  • Susan M B.

    look for the honus sunning themselves in the surf

    Susan M Baker · September 23, 2013
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  • S C.

    Great place to observe turtles. The water's tad chilly to swim and there're ants so keep an eye on your food.

    S C · September 15, 2013
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  • LuAnn K.

    The black sand is beautiful!

    LuAnn Kidd · September 12, 2013
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  • Eri F.

    Nice place to see!

    Eri FM · August 7, 2013
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  • Eri F.

    Really black sand!

    Eri FM · August 7, 2013
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  • Tiffany R.

    Sea turtles!

    Tiffany Rosado · May 27, 2013
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  • Nikonov I.

    Too many stones. Really hard to swim especially if you don't want the stones to hurt you.

    Nikonov Ivan · April 3, 2013
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  • Michael S.

    Love the Beach here !!!

    Michael Sablad · March 9, 2013
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  • Hiedi C.

    Best basaltic black sand beach on the island.

    Hiedi C · November 23, 2012
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  • Jana J.

    Make sure you walk around and look by the rocks for turtles

    Jana Jordan · June 10, 2012
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  • Trevella W.

    Great spot to view sea turtles :)

    Trevella Williams · February 8, 2012
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  • Evan[Bu]

    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...

    Evan[Bu] · January 24, 2012
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  • Chandra

    Always have a jacket with you on this island. You never know when it is going to get cool.

    Chandra · November 8, 2011
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  • cj p.

    Look for the turtles

    cj pyles · September 8, 2011
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  • Kelsey L.

    Beautiful views!

    Kelsey Larson · August 26, 2011
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  • Kristy T.

    Great place to see tons of sea turtles!! Just please be sure to leave these beautiful creatures alone! : )

    Kristy Tumler · June 24, 2011
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  • Evelyn V.

    Please STAY AWAY FROM TURTLES! 18 feet! Dont touch! Is not hard to do ppl!

    Evelyn Varga · April 9, 2011
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  • Lauren D.

    I like turtles

    Lauren DeShields · March 29, 2011
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  • Rob R.

    If u r hungry go to green sand cafe in punaluu

    Rob Riggins · January 12, 2011
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  • Glenn F.

    Snorkel out a bit and play with the sea turtles.

    Glenn Fujimura · January 9, 2011
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  • Dan K.

    Turtles are often seen here resting on the warm beach heads. Be sure to keep at least 18 feet from them.

    Dan Kiaha · April 26, 2010
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  • Whitney H.

    Look for the sea turtles on the beach. But don't get to close.

    Whitney Hunter · February 28, 2010
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  • David M.

    Water is a little cold. Good turtle viewing

    David M · December 30, 2009
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