Punalu‘U Beach, Pahala

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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  • It's not had to find a black sand beach on the Big Island but this one has a lot to offer. In addition to the black sand, the beach is lined with palm trees and is very scenic. There are many tide.....  more »
  • A lovely spot that has gotten more crowded over the years. The beach is a basking spot for endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) and despite - or perhaps because of - the admonition....  more »
  • Best place to swim
  • Great place to see sea turtles. Beach is easy to access.
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