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Punalu‘U Beach, Pahala

4.6
#3 of 42 in Beaches in Island of Hawaii
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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  • This is the easy way to see a black sand beach with no hike, right off the main road. If the parking lot is full, you can park on the street, but make very sure you are entirely off the road. Even.....  more »
  • This is a must see. It is easy to access and was not crowded when we were there in the morning. The beach is beautiful and the sand is so soft. There was an area marked off around some turtles. There....  more »
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  • Best place to swim
  • Great place to see sea turtles. Beach is easy to access.

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