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Punalu‘U Beach, Pahala

#3 of 42 in Beaches in Island of Hawaii
Must see · Beach · State Park
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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  • First visit to a black sand beach. Of course, like much of the island, the accompanying vistas oceanward were phenomenal. The views of the rather overcrowded beach were less impressive. But still.....  more »
  • This beach is so cool. The black sand is much softer than I anticipated it would be. We saw two sea turtles on the beach which was a highlight of the trip. There is a super cute pond behind the beach....  more »
  • Best place to swim
  • Great place to see sea turtles. Beach is easy to access.

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