Punalu'u Black Sand Beach

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The Big Island, HI
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
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Punalu'u Beach is a beautiful sight: a beach with a lovely curve and a thick row of palms on one end. Best of all, white foamy waves crash and roll up on black sand. Much of the beach is rocky at the shore but there are some parts with coarse black sand that is lovely to hold in your hands and let drop through your fingers. The day we were there it was wildly windy and the ocean was a fantastic blend of greens, blues, and creamy whites. The water looked like a painter's palette. The road to this beach from Kona is lush and tropical, though winding.

Please don't take any sand home, because besides the possible curse you may obtain from the goddess Pele, you would also be depleting the beach of sand that is finite and does not replenish itself.
This beach has recently become quite crowded with tour bus travelers. It has made it less enjoyable to visit, and the bathrooms are absolutely packed.
It is a twenty minute drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where you can hike and learn about lava flows.

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White foam on black sand!

Painter's palette of sea colors at Punalu'u Beach.

Turtles at Punalu'u Black Sand beach.

Lava rock and ocean.

The black sand!

Lifeguard stand and palm trees.

Tiny spot of shade far back on the beach.

Black sand on your toes!

Beautiful strip of turquoise near the horizon.

Plants near the shore.

Looking back toward the beach.

The beach is so beautiful with its border of coconut trees!


Between the 55 and 56 Mile marker on Hwy 11.
There are restrooms and there's a faucet to rinse off your feet.


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Wed, 07 Jul 2010

Great memories of long days @ the beach with my best buds!

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Tue, 06 Oct 2009

gooooood job! you're photos are the best

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Thu, 15 Oct 2009

Drove to Punaluu Beach and thought we were in heaven! Felt like a separate place in the middle of nowhere! Saw so many turtles - lovely beach, sand was really dark. Just had an wonderful time and will be back!

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