The attraction at Punalu‘U Beach is not beach itself but what it's made of--jet black sand formed from nearby volcanic activity. Framed by coconut palms, the beach provides a place for picnicking with restrooms provided. Watch for green sea turtles swimming near the rocks, however, you may want to refrain from swimming here--it is not recommended because of the cold water and rocky shores. The area is also known for strong currents. Arrange your visit to Punalu‘U Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in Pahala using our Pahala tour builder.
Punalu‘U Beach reviews
This bra h is amazing but you must try the Punalu’u southern most bakery then go to the southern most tip to see the ocean and jumpers. What a great day! more »
Largest black sand beach - lots of sea turtles, and swimmable beach, and beautiful palm trees to shade you from the sun. Stop at the Punalu’u bake shop for a pre packed picnic lunch- Sammy’s and... more »
Best place to swim
Great place to see sea turtles. Beach is easy to access.
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