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Punalu‘U Beach, Pahala

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#3 of 42 in Beaches in Island of Hawaii
Beach · State Park
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The attraction at Punalu‘U Beach is not beach itself but what it's made of--jet black sand formed from nearby volcanic activity. Framed by coconut palms, the beach provides a place for picnicking with restrooms provided. Watch for green sea turtles swimming near the rocks, however, you may want to refrain from swimming here--it is not recommended because of the cold water and rocky shores. The area is also known for strong currents. Arrange your visit to Punalu‘U Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in Pahala using our Pahala tour builder.
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  • Beach is fun to stop for a brief visit and see the turtles and admire the black sand. There is a little souvenir shop as well right on the beach. We stopped on the way to Hilo and it was well worth... 
    Beach is fun to stop for a brief visit and see the turtles and admire the black sand. There is a little souvenir shop as well right on the beach. We stopped on the way to Hilo and it was well worth...  more »
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  • What makes this black sand particular is its origin ...
  • Sea turtles were great, but it was overrun with tourists. Worth the stop but don’t stay.

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