Punaluu Black Sand Beach Park Tours

Because of the constant volcanic activity, sand comes in a variety of colors in Hawaii—along with white, you can also find green and black, the latter of which is found on the well-known Punaluu Black Sand Beach.

Located on the southeastern Kau coast, between Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the town of Naalehu, this beach should be on your list of places to visit when on the Big Island of Hawaii. The coastline is framed by coconut palms, but what is often found at the edge of the sand tends to steal all of the attention. Large honu, or Hawaiian green sea turtles, basking in the sun are a common sight here. Take as many pictures as you’d like, but be sure to stay a safe distance away.

Swimming isn’t ideal here due to waves and currents. There is an area for picnics, so plan ahead and come prepared to enjoy lunch with a view. Don’t take any black sand from the beach—legend says that a curse will also go home with you.

Practical Info

The sand may be coarser than you are used to, so be sure to have a pair of flip flops or beach shoes that can get messy and wet. Punaluu Black Sand Beach is located between Naalehu and Pahala, off Highway 11. Camping is allowed with a county permit.
Location
Address: 96-876 Government Rd, Pahala, Hawaii 96777, USA
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Evening Volcano Explorer From Kona

Explore the fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity and past and present Hawaiian culture at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Start at the world-famous Kona Coffee Farm for a deli-style lunch, then visit Punalu'u Beach to look for sea turtles. After arriving at the park, learn about everything from active volcanic craters and steam vents to the historic Jagger Museum. Enjoy dinner at Volcano Winery, featuring a private tour with wine tasting, then watch for current activity at Kilauea Volcano, the most active of the five volcanoes in Hawaii.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Small-Group Big Island in A Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History

The Big Island of Hawaii has a diverse ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the planet, and on this day-long nature tour, you’ll experience the beauty of its black-sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If you’re lucky, you’ll find Hawaiian green sea turtles basking on the coast. Since the tour only requires a moderate amount of walking, it's an educational adventure for travelers of all ages, with snacks and refreshments included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Hawaii Grand Circle Island Tour

Maximize your time on the Big Island thanks to this action-packed, 11-hour excursion covering more than a dozen top sights. Visit one of the world’s most active volcanoes at Hawaii Volcano National Park, taste the island’s best food products like macadamia nuts, coffee, and cookies, learn local history, and discover some of Hawaii’s best waterfalls and beaches.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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US$120.00
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Small-Group Big Island Tour: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kona Coffee Farm

On this tour from Kona to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you'll experience some of the Big Island’s best sights in a small group capped at 10 people. In addition to stopping at Punalu’u Beach Park to walk down a black-sand beach, you’ll have the chance to sip Kona coffee on the plantation right where it’s grown, as well as hike through a lava tube that was formed by Kilauea volcano. What’s more, you'll receive an iPad to use on the tour. Use it for photos, videos, and info, as well as playing games or watching movies while traveling between the sites.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Viator VIP: The Sunset Experience Helicopter Tour from Kona

If ever there were a place to see by helicopter it’s the spectacular Big Island of Hawaii. Here on America’s largest island, the landscape ranges from snowcapped summits to crashing waves on the coast, and thundering falls through rich green rainforests to black-sand beaches and lava. On this VIP Big Island helicopter tour, which can only be booked on Viator, experience a whopping two full hours of jaw-dropping aerial views, and sip Champagne before soaring over the Big Island shoreline until sunset.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$750.00
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Discover Volcano Country

Immerse yourself in the tropical paradise of the Big Island for a 7-hour exploration of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and local island culture. Discover highlights of the island’s most famous volcanic region during stops at 'hotspots' like the Thurston Lava Tube and Halemaumau Crater. Continue your exploration with a visit to a gorgeous black-sand beach frequented by sea turtles and then a local coffee plantation where you’ll sample tasty treats like honey, chocolate and macadamia nuts. A guide, entrance fees, lunch and round-trip hotel or port transport are also covered.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black Sand Beach

Circle the Big Island of Hawaii along the Mamalahoa Highway on this guided, full-day, small-group adventure. Travel almost 250 miles and visit the two biggest cities on the island, Hilo and Kailua-Kona. Climb through several climate zones and native rainforest to the summit of the world’s most active volcano inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. All while learning about Hawaii’s history, culture, religion, geology and fragile ecosystem. All entrance fees plus a hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Epic Circle Island Volcano Journey - Small Group Tour

See a side of Hawaii few visitors ever experience thanks to this 12-hour Big Island adventure with a small group. Get off the beaten path as you explore an active volcano, visit a local coffee farm, experience a private cave system, scout for sea turtles on a black-sand beach, and enjoy an included breakfast, lunch, and snack made with gourmet, sustainably-sourced ingredients.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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US$229.00
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Hawaii Island Experience

Get a sweeping overview of the Big Island of Hawaii during this 12-hour tour. Learn about the culture, traditions, nature and geology of Hawaii through your local guide's informative commentary and visits to important landmarks around the island. Stop at Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historic Park to see some of the island's most significant cultural sites, then continue to Punulu’u Black Sand Beach to watch the endangered green sea turtles sun themselves. Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, including views of the current eruption of the Kilauea volcano. All entrance fees, breakfast and round-trip transportation from accommodations on the Kona/Kohala coast are included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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US$234.37
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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