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Punaluu Beach Park

96-884 Government Road, Pahala, Hawaii 96771 USA

Free to Visit
Open Now
Sun 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • No Public
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“also called Black Sand Beach”

Punaluʻu Beach (also called Black Sand Beach) is a beach between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu on the Big Island of the U.S. state of Hawaii. The beach has black sand made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools. This volcanic activity is in the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Punaluʻu is frequented by endangered Hawksbill and Green turtles, which can often be seen basking on the black sand. The swimming area is very rocky, and it can be dangerous to swim. The beach also has a large amount of underground fresh water that flows in it. This fresh water is very cold and looks almost like gasoline mixing with the water. Legend has it that in the time of drought, the ancient Hawaiians living in the area would dive underwater with a jug to get their fresh water. In the Hawaiian language puna luʻu means "spring [water] diver for". The beach is located at coordinates 19.136°N 155.504°WAccess is from the Hawaii Belt Road: take Ninole loop road or the entrance to the Sea Mountain Resort. Camping is permitted at the Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach Park

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Tatiana Danger

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August 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

This is an easily-accessible beach, you can drive into a parking lot near the beach. If you go early in the morning you'll have the beach to yourself for a couple hours, tour buses get there usually after 11AM. If you want to go swimming just be aware that the current is pretty strong.

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October 10, 2013

There were half a dozen basking green sea turtles there, which in itself is worth stopping in to see.

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January 11, 2019
Rated 5.0

Gorgeous. Got to see a turtle sunbathing.

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Punaluu Beach Park

96-884 Government Road
Pahala, Hawaii
96771 USA


Open 24 hours today
  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Other public land (TVA, DOD, county parks with campgrounds)
  • Tent Sites
  • Potable Water
  • Standard Tent Sites
  • Outdoor Seating
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