Because of constant volcanic activity, black and white sand beaches are quite common on the island of Hawaii. Punalu’u Beach, or Black Sand Beach, is a beach located on the southeastern Kau coast and is famous for black sand beaches. It is truly remarkable to witness if you have never stepped foot on black sand before. The black sand is made of basalt created by lava flowing into the ocean. The lava explodes once it reaches the ocean and cools.
The beach, a large crescent shape lined with rows of coconut palms, is easily accessible on the Big Island. It is a great place to go for a quick swim, snorkel, do a coastal hike, camp, or just have a beachside picnic.
It’s also quite common to spot both the Hawaiian green turtle and the hawksbill turtle as they lazily bask in the sun.
But as always, safety first! Stay out of the water when the surf is high and don’t sit under any coconut trees!