Big Island is especially known for its black lava beaches, which are created and changed again and again by years of volcanic eruptions. Especially the south and southeast can boast a number of beautiful black sand beaches, of which Punaluu Black Sand Beach Park is probably the most famous. A visit is recommended if you are traveling from Hilo to Kona (or the other way around). Especially in the mornings and evenings you can marvel at the unique contrasts of black fine sand, countless coconut trees and masses of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. During the day and on weekends it can get crowded because masses of tourist buses stop there or locals with their large families spend the day picnicking on the beach.
Nestled between the towns of Pahala and Naalehu in the Kau region, the pitch-black shore offers an unforgettable sight. Although tempting, you should resist the temptation to touch the turtles. This is because the turtle, which Hawaiians call "honu," is considered a sacred animal and is a protected species.
The beach is not really suitable for swimming, if at all, you should wear water sandals, in the shallow water there are many sharp-edged lava stones. If you still want to go into the water, you should do so via the small jetty on the left side.
If you want to snorkel, you will find Ninole Cove 10 minutes away from the parking lot of Black Sand Beach. This protected cove is home to many colorful fish and the odd turtle. Otherwise, the beach is perfect for picnics, photography or watching rare animals and birds. You can also try your hand at cracking one of the many fallen coconuts. With a knife or on a lava boulder. But it is hard and tedious work....