Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
I recommend taking a full day and driving to Papakolea Beach, stopping at the Black Sand Beach and the "End of the World" on the way. Papakolea Beach, located near the Big Island's southern tip, is known for its unique olive green sand. Olivine is a semi-precious stone. Here in this area these small…
Need a 4 wheel drive or hike to beach but awesome, unique destination!
Green sand beach is one of the (many) “once in a lifetime” places in the Big Island. It is one of two green sand beaches in the United States, while the amount of truly green sand beaches on the world can be counted on one hand.
The farthest of our recommendations, but also 100% percent worth the visit, Papakōlea is one of the most spectacular places in the state of Hawaii! The beach gets its unique color from the small volcanic crystals called olivine, eroding from the cinder cone of an extinct volcano that last erupted…
One of the only places in the world to see a natural-occurring, green sand beaches. **Please note- to access green sands, you will either need 4x4 drive with a bit of clearance or to hike it. Bring plenty of water!**
“You must have lunch here! We think the best sandwich is the seafood salad made daily and waiting for you in the display case. Sit outside under the pavillion and enjoy local entertainment. top it off with your favorite malasada...mine is lilikoi!”
“Something for everyone. Great hiking and walking trails. Small museum. Have lunch at the Volcano house on the rim of the crater.”
“You can see the large turtles here if you are lucky. Don't be shy to ask around if they close by.”
“Many experienced snorkelers enjoy Two Step more than Kahaluu. This is a 30 minute drive south. The coral is better here but this is for those comfortable in deep water. If you swim past the Aloha spelled out with concrete blocks to the deep blue waters you may encounter spinner dolphins. ”
“Incredibly special place; historical ruin Small admission price (check hours online) Lots of reef and natural wildlife Very swimmable beach next to park Long drive from Hilo; consider one night Kona side.”