Forget sparkling white sand – Punalu’u Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii is the most famous black sand beach in all of Hawaii. The strikingly dark beach contrasts beautifully with the sparkling blue water and lush greenery of the Hawaiian coconut palms. Talk about providing the perfect backdrop for lounging in the sun. You’ll know you are on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world as you picnic in the black sands, dive through the dark turquoise waters, and watch the famous Hawaiian sea turtles foraging for food and basking in the sun.
Getting to this stunning beach is relatively easy. You can fly directly into Kona International Airport and from there Punalu’u Beach is less than two hours away. From the airport, drive south along the west coast of the Island. On your way, you’ll pass through several small Hawaiian beach towns, perfect places to stop for a quick bite. Follow Highway 11 through the Kipahoehoe Natural Area Reserve and Manuka State Wayside natural area. Punalu’u Beach will be on your right, just off Highway 11 between Volcano Village and the town of Naalehu . Canadian travelers can get a one stop flight from Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.