Punalu'u Beach

Day Use Area

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Ninole Loop Road, Naalehu, Hawaii

(808) 961-8311


Punaluu Beach, also called the Black Sand Beach, is a beach between Phala and Nlehu, featuring black sand made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools. The beach is frequented by endangered hawksbill and green turtles, which can often be seen basking on the black sand. The swimming area is also very rocky, and it can be dangerous to swim. However, it does have a large amount of underground fresh water that flows in it, which is very cold and looks almost like gasoline mixing with the water. Legend has it that in the time of drought, the ancient Hawaiians living in the area would dive underwater with a jug to get their fresh water.

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Lat: 19.134052 Lng: -155.505249

User Reviews


User 79835

Beautiful beach with palm trees. Camping is on grassy area near toilets and shelters. No security or check whatsoever. Arrived in late afternoon and found junkies and drunks around the area and didnt feel safe at all. We ended up sleeping in the car on the main beach parking. Nice place with turtles but at 20$ pp ( wich we didnt pay) is joke


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