[Big Island Day 5] Punalu’u Black Sand Beach

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach is one of the few black sand beaches in the world. Among these beaches, this one is the easiest to access. It is the highlight of our 5th day on Big Island.

Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach

Big Island Day 5 Itinerary

What We Did

The weather changed when we drove from South Point to this beach. It was burning hot at South Point, it had become cloudy with some wind when we arrived 40 minutes later. The beach was popular with a lot of people. Some were swimming even though the current was quite strong.

We stopped for half an hour. We first finished the fried rice from our delicious breakfast. Then, we walked along the beach from east to west. The view was slightly different from the beaches on the west coast. The shoreline was greener and filled with coconut palms.

The beach is also the home to green turtle. There was a dedicated area for them to bask. There were only one when we were there. Fortunately, we already saw a lot of them at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park.


Although the beach is not at the most convenient location and requires long drives from either Kailua-Kona or Hilo, it is still worth a visit. Black sand beaches are rare, so don’t miss the chance to see it at Punalu’u Beach.

Punalu’u Black Sand Beach Info

Amenities: washrooms, shower, picnic tables, shop

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