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Punaluu Black Sand Beach

#20 of 406 things to do in Island of Hawaii Features Animals
Highway 11, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777
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Nestled in an area with coconut trees and a black sand beach, this park is one of the best in Hawaii.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea turtles” (221 reviews)
“lily pond” (13 reviews)
“unique beach” (13 reviews)
Highway 11, Island of Hawaii, HI 96777
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Reviewed yesterday

Well worth the short detour to see this, especially coming from country with massive white beaches. Great spot, great bay, enjoyed it and the sand really is black.

Thank mamiab
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We spotted several turtles in the water close to the rocks we were standing on, then one of the large turtles swam right in to the tide pool next to us and started feeding in the shallows for at least 30-40mins (all the other beach...More

Thank DrJMacQ
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited this beach because we heard that sea turtles are often seen here and we were very lucky: twelve turtles! It was also quite busy but the turtles did not seem to mind, the area they were resting had been marked with stones so...More

Thank ArieArjan
Reviewed 4 days ago

LOVED this beach so much we came back a few times. Small but gorgeous! So many turtles, great areas to picnic and fun water to play in! Lots of people camped here overnight and it was a great place for sunset photos! There was a...More

Thank Amy B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great little beach to visit. Some nice areas to swim. Lifeguard on duty - nice place fir people with limited mobility

Thank kelleboxer
Reviewed 5 days ago

Highly recommend you make this a stop on your trip if you are traveling between Hilo and Kona. It is an amazing site to see the beautiful black sand. It's like nothing you would imagine. There is some shade here with picnic tables and souvenir...More

Thank jkkm0606
Reviewed 6 days ago

We stumbled upon this gem as we made our way from the Hilo side of Hawaii from the Volcano National Park to the Kona side where we were staying. The main beach area seemed small; but, stunning. I mean really stunning. The sand is quite...More

1  Thank MonaQuin
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a very small but beautiful beach and the sand is truly black. The contrast with the water and vegetation was beautiful, but don't trip because it is formed from volcanic glass shards and even a slight impact will cut through your skin. As...More

1  Thank D_PN
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place to visit. The sand was a bit hot but we saw turtles in the water and on the beach. It was a great drive down the coast to the beach and we stopped at the Shaka Restaurant for lunch. Very nice.

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a strange experience seeing black sand, but this beach is lovely. We walked along the rocky area and looked in the tide pools. There were lots of crabs and fish to see. We also enjoyed watching the turtles swimming in the surf. This would...More

Thank msjj30
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26 March 2017|
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Response from Chris D | Reviewed this property |
There was adequate parking during our visit. That said, there where still loads of tour buses filled with Chines tour groups.
16 September 2016|
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Response from SDeyer | Reviewed this property |
We went swimming for sure. It definitely is a little rough though so not great for real little ones or for those that are not good swimmers. Both of my children, 13 and 11, had no problem but they're both very good... More
9 November 2015|
Response from TimeFourFamily | Reviewed this property |
We were there mid day and saw 2 large turtles resting right on shore for awhile and we saw quite a few turtles swimming very close to the shallow shore. I think people would be able to see turtles morning or afternoon.