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Punaluu Black Sand Beach, Hawaii's Big Island

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  • Name: Punaluu Black Sand Beach
     
  • What: Famous black sand beach
     
  • Where: South of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Have you ever seen a beach with black sand? Because of constant volcanic activity, you'll find white sands, green sands and black sands on Hawaii’s Big Island. Located on the southeastern Kau coast, Punaluu Black Sand Beach is one of the most famous black sand beaches in Hawaii.

Located between Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the small town of Naalehu, Punaluu Black Sand Beach's jet black shores are an unforgettable sight. Coconut palms fringe the upper edge of sand and you may also discover large honu, or Hawaiian Green Sea turtles, basking on the beach. Although it may be tempting, do not touch these protected turtles and do not remove any black sand from the beach.

Although swimming isn't ideal, there is a picnic area and public toilet facilities so you can have lunch while you experience the unique feeling of black sand between your toes.