Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach

Suitable for:
Everyone, nature enthusiasts
Insider tip or tourist spot?
Well known, but not overcrowded
Insider Tip
Time needed:
1 hours
Optimal arrival time:
09:00 o' clock
Suitable for:
Everyone, nature enthusiasts
Insider tip or tourist spot?
Well known, but not overcrowded
Insider Tip
Time needed:
1 hours
Optimal arrival time:
09:00 o' clock

Details of the beach

Facilities at Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach
(Available: Toilets, Lifeguard)
The beach is popular for:
Picnics, )
Beach material
Coarse sand
Sand colour:
13000 sqm
Entry into the sea
Sight in the sea
Normal, clear

Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach - Description

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....

What we say

If you have only little time on the island and only visit the Hilo or Kona side, a trip "only" because of the beach is too much effort. But if you drive from the east to the west anyway, you should definitely make a stop here. I drive by the beach every time because the atmosphere and contrasts are unique. The fewer people there are, the more beautiful the scenery. You have to be very unlucky not to find any turtles taking a midday nap in the sand.
Our checklist & tips:
  • Sooner or later visit to escape crowds.
  • Relax in the fine black sand under the palm trees and enjoy the tranquility.
  • Visit on the way through to avoid unnecessarily long driving distances
  • Possibly wear bathing shoes

How did you like Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach?

You have been there before? Did you like it?

Thank you

  • Hidden
  • Thank you for your review.

  • Dieses Feld dient zur Validierung und sollte nicht verändert werden.

Map and contact data

Ninole Loop Road
Longitude: -155.50474171344104
Latitude: 19.135722157740066

Your questions answered by us

You still have questions?

We answer them for you!

Other interesting sights

Ahalanui Park

Was unfortunately destroyed in 2018 by the then volcanic eruption / lava flow....

Onekahakaha Beach Park

The large beach park near the city of Hilo is especially suitable for families, as the sea here is very shallow and...

Kalapana Town

If you want to experience a piece of original Hawaii, a visit to the former fishing town of Kalapana is not to be missed.

Spencer Beach Park

A half-hour drive north from Kona International Airport, Spencer Beach Par...

Rainbow Falls (Wailuku River)

Breathtaking and at the same time easy to reach: On the northeast coast of Big Island in Hilo and on the Hamakua Coast ...

Kahaluʻu Beach Park

A small bay south of Kona, which is just for snorkeling and by its so colorful underwater world a popular...
Big Island
All Hawaii Islands
Overview of all islands & background info