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Punalu‘U Beach, Pahala

#3 of 42 in Beaches in Island of Hawaii
Must see · Beach · State Park
The attraction at Punalu‘U Beach is not beach itself but what it's made of--jet black sand formed from nearby volcanic activity. Framed by coconut palms, the beach provides a place for picnicking with restrooms provided. Watch for green sea turtles swimming near the rocks, however, you may want to refrain from swimming here--it is not recommended because of the cold water and rocky shores. The area is also known for strong currents. Arrange your visit to Punalu‘U Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in Pahala using our Pahala tour builder.
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  • Fantastic place to see the results of the volcanoes on the coast. Black sand, volcanic rock, sea turtles and flower-filled fields of new life are all abundant here. Enjoy the wind in your hair...  more »
  • We just had time for a brief stop here on the way to Volcanoes National Park. It is truly black sand! Very cool. Not crowded on the day we were there and water was calm for swimming and family...  more »
  • Best place to swim
  • Great place to see sea turtles. Beach is easy to access.

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