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Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach
Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach

Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach

Free admission
96-876 Government Rd, Pahala, Hawaii, 96777

The Basics

Time your visit to Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach for afternoon, and spend a leisurely few hours on the coconut tree–lined beach observing the sea turtles that frequently dot the shoreline, especially so near dusk. The beach is a common stop on island tours, and visiting on a guided tour enables you to skip the hassle of driving and more freely enjoy watching and photographing the sea turtles. Tours that stop at the beach typically also include other Big Island highlights such as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a coffee plantation, and waterfalls.

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Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black Sand Beach
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Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black Sand Beach
USD173.77 per adult
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Best tour!
It was awesome! Katie was our guide & she was so knowledgeable. She prepared us for what to expect at the next stop as well as restrooms. That being my important since we had a 10 year old. Katie went over & beyond. We took a tour almost like this in 2007, but this one was outstanding in comparison. We’d do this tour again in a heartbeat!!
Brandi_A, Jul. 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Incredible, informative tour!
denise_s, Jul. 2022
Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black Sand Beach
Katie was an excellent guide. She was friendly and super informative. The tour consisted of many different stops and all were breathtaking. Seeing the history of Kona, Hilo, etc was an experience we will never forget. Thank you for the memories! Well worth it…did everything we wanted to see in 1 day and left plenty of time for beach, pool & relaxation. Came away with tons of knowledge and many suggestions. Thank you, Katie. This is a must do!
star-5
Awesome day full of adventures!
Cynthia_R, Sep. 2021
Black sand beach, Winery (or coffee) and Volcanoes National Park
Jodi was a great tour guide! We saw so many sights and she answered all my kids (7 and 9) questions. The Volcano national park and the lava tube were some of our favorite sites. Also loved the rainbow falls. Glad we decided to do this.
star-5
A must do activity on the Big Island!
Janice_A, Feb. 2020
Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black Sand Beach
Our small group tour of the Big Island was fun, exciting & incredibly informative! Delicious meals & snacks were provided and Katie was an excellent tour guide & driver. We highly recommend this tour!
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Excellent tour
Grace_K, Dec. 2019
Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black Sand Beach
Bryce our guide was very helpful, accommodating, knowledgeable and professional. The tour covered the key highlights and the views were stunning.
star-5
Great way to see the big island in a single day!!
Michelle_B, Nov. 2020
Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black Sand Beach
The tour was great and definitely a good way to see a lot of the big island in just one day. Our guide, Katie, was exceptional and was able to show us lots of great sites in Volcano National Park even though several areas are still closed for COVID. She was very cautious about masks and I felt my family was safe all day. Personally I think I had a different expectation of the park but that was just more perception of what a volcano looked like and what we are able to see. I would definitely recommend the tour to anyone that wants more of a guided tour of the island.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Picnic areas, bathrooms, and an on-duty lifeguard make this spot family-friendly.

  • The jagged, rocky shoreline means the beach is not ideal for swimming, but you can sometimes snorkel when the waters are calm.

  • Admire the turtles from a distance, but don’t touch the protected species.

  • You can camp at the beach if you have the required county permits.

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How to Get There

Set on Hawaii’s southeastern coast, Punaluʻu beach is just off Highway 11 and a 20-minute drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Head southwest on Highway 11, turn left onto Punaluʻu Road and then follow Ninole Loop Road to the beach. To avoid renting a car and driving, visit the beach on a guided tour.

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When to Get There

The popular beach is busiest on weekends, so if you want to avoid the crowds, visit on a weekday morning. To see the turtles at their most active, visit around dusk.

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Where to Find Sea Turtles on Hawaii

While Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach is one of the best places for observing sea turtles, these creatures can be found in numerous locations across the island. If you want to see more sea turtles after visiting Punaluʻu beach, head to Kiholo Bay, Kahalu’u Beach Park (a great spot to snorkel with the turtles), and Carl Smith Beach.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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