Visit Punalu'u Beach, where the black sand and coconut trees are the big draws. This is home to the Hawaiian green sea turtles who like to sunbathe on the warm sand. Keep in mind, underwater springs make the water cooler than normal.

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Expert Review of Punalu'u

Beach Review of Punalu'u

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
BeachExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Don't try to scoop up any of the beach's black sand as a souvenir. It may be an anomaly, but conservationists hope to keep the mystery intact for future generations.
  • During the day, you might spot honu, the threatened turtles of Punalu'u. The exquisite reptiles should only be appreciated from a distance.
  • There's not much to do at Punalu'u besides snorkeling and relaxing. Of course, nature lovers could spend hours gazing at the freshwater fish pond and watching the turquoise waves wash on shore.

Turn off Hwy. 11 south of Hilo
Big Island, Hawaii

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 808-961-8311
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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