Punaluu Black Sand Beach is a very popular attraction on the Big Island of Hawaii, because it not only has beautiful scenery, but also wildlife. Visitors can indulge in the beautiful black sand, where the black to glistening sand contrasts with green palm trees and turquoise waters.
Punalu'u is also home to the Hawaiian green sea turtle and the endangered hawksbill sea turtle. These turtles climb onto the warm black sand to "sunbathe" all year round. Tie up a hammock by the trees, then relax near the turtles and observe these interesting animals.
There are several ways to get to this beautiful beach. Visitors can stay in hotels near Pajara, which is only a 10-minute drive from the beach. Or join this small group tour, which departs from Kailua. This tour visits many of the island's award-winning attractions, including Punalu'u and Hawaii Volcanoes National Parks. For an equally flawless experience, book this tour as well, and end your day under a beautiful starry sky.
Fancy a vacation to Maui? Honokalani Black Sand Beach in Waianapanapa State Park is another Hawaiian gem. The best time to visit is summer when the waves are calmer and it's great for splashing around. If you don't want to get wet, explore the coastal trails and visit lava tubes and blow holes.
Traveling to Hono Kalani is an adventure in itself. The tour follows the Way of Hana (Road to Hana), a 103-kilometer road that passes through the island's must-see sights and has more than 600 turns. Visitors can take a road trip to Hana and enjoy the scenery easily, stopping at this beach and other attractions like Ke'anae Lookout Point.