Punalu‘U Beach, Pahala

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've never seen a black sand beach, Punaluu Black Sand Beach is a treat. Walk along the beach and keep an eye out for sea turtles. The ocean views are terrific. You can take a seat, watch the wav...  more »
  • My fiance and I wanted to stop here en route to the Volcanoes National Park. This beach has some sentimental value to us now as this is where we decided to announce our engagement. It's a small, beaut...  more »
  • Best place to swim
  • Great place to see sea turtles. Beach is easy to access.

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