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South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach

Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI
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The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good23%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“round trip” (88 reviews)
“mile hike” (80 reviews)
“pickup truck” (44 reviews)
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Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our 18 year old daughter picked this hike/beach as a place she wanted to explore (we all pick a day that's "ours" while on vacation). We were staying up on the Kohala Coast so we knew it would be a haul. Two and a half...More

Thank pirk
Reviewed 3 days ago

This point is between mile marker 69 and 70, and the road is small, narrow and not well maintained. This is thought to be the place where the first Hawaiians landed. The fishing here is some of the best on the island and the ancient...More

Thank mll
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to South Point but not the Green Sand beach because we were on a schedule to Hilo. Seeing the cliff, ladder up the cliff, and people jumping off was well worth the short drive. It is so beautiful and something that takes you...More

Thank cbrand2017
Reviewed 4 days ago

lots of teenagers jumping the cliffs and some interesting sights.....if squeamish of heights ....probably not your place

Thank Hibby922
Reviewed 6 days ago

A hidden beach that requires a drive and then riding in the back of a pickup (locally-driven). Off-road doesn't begin to describe the journey, but was awesome (if not bruising). The beach - a pristine and priceless experience. If you are up for the hike,...More

Thank TKPKFamilyTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

South Point was a neat place to visit and offered free parking. Afterwards, we wanted to go to the Green Sand Beach, but there were people there charging $15 per person to be driven down - or you can walk which apparently takes about an...More

Thank MAChivers
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is an adventure that shouldn't be missed. Go out to South Point first and make the leap. It may be a thirty foot drop or so. After milling about for a few minutes at the southern most point of the United States, drive back...More

Thank quincytphillips
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had to do it - when are you going to be able to see a green sand beach again? There are two ways to get this beach - pay a local $15/person (round trip) or hike an hour each way. We hiked and we're...More

2  Thank dmlin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The southest point of the island and of the USA ! But also the head of the trail to green sand beach, this unique beach. This is a treasure of Big island... This beach along the wildest South coast, seems to be unreal. After a...More

4  Thank gil40100
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The drive to get to the beach is long. The Green Sand Beach itself is not easily accessible; there is no paved or clearly delineated trail to it. You have to hike for an hour just to get there over hot sand and jagged rocks,...More

1  Thank Sean2874
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KatzTravels
30 January 2017|
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Response from Jennifer K | Reviewed this property |
They will approach you on the parking area. I think the hike itself added to the experience though and I wouldn't pay for the ride personally. I would suggest being sunscreens up as it's very windy and you don't realize... More
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dansuarex473
9 January 2017|
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Response from James S | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't cliff jump unless you have snorkeld the water to check for depth or rock spires. And don't swim these waters without lifeguard present....several people drown per day in Hawaii....and good swimmers too... More
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Granniez
1 January 2017|
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Response from tandatours | Reviewed this property |
Yes, locals are there waiting when you drive in. We paid $15 per person. Ask them to be in the cab, otherwise you're in the box of the truck. It's very windy out there, wear close toed shoes too. Enjoy!!
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