[Big Island Day 5] Ka Lae in South Point Complex

Ka Lae in South Point Complex is the southernmost point on Big Island and the US. It is believed to be the landing place of Hawaii’s first inhabitants. Today, many people come here for cliff diving.

Ka Lae in South Point Complex
Scenery at Ka Lae

Big Island Day 5 Itinerary

What We Did

Our original plan was to visit the famous Papakōlea Green Sand Beach. We ended up deciding not to go because of the long hike in hot weather. Thus, we stopped by the nearby Ka Lae. It is a part of South Point Complex, a National Historic Landmark.

The drive from downtown Kailua-Kona was about 1 hour 40 minutes long. I had to rest a bit St Benedict’s Painted Church on the way here. The drive on South Point Road was quite pleasant. We saw a lot of horses and cows in the nearby pastures.

There weren’t a lot of things to see around the parking area. We gazed at the endless Pacific Ocean and stared at the high cliff. It was quite scary to look down the cliff, and I couldn’t imagine jumping off the cliff myself. I did see people in the water.


This is one of the only few destinations in the south of Big Island. It is a good place to stop by before going to Punalu’u Black Sand Beach or on the way from Kailua-Kona to Hilo.

South Point Complex Info

Info: Website

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