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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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  • If you are in the area it's worth checking out this unique black sand beach, it's quite stunning to see since I had never seen a beach with black sand before. We didn't swim here but lots of people.....  more
    If you are in the area it's worth checking out this unique black sand beach, it's quite stunning to see since I had never seen a beach with black sand before. We didn't swim here but lots of people.....  more »
  • An amazing huge black sand beach on the big island. Best to go in the am since there may be clouds after. 11:00 am and the sand gets extremely hot later in the day 
    An amazing huge black sand beach on the big island. Best to go in the am since there may be clouds after. 11:00 am and the sand gets extremely hot later in the day  more »
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  • Best place to swim
  • Great place to see sea turtles. Beach is easy to access.

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