Punalu‘U Beach, Pahala

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 .
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  • Easily accessed from highway 11, just a short drive down to the bay. Lovely black sand beach, which you haven’t seen one before is a must. The bay has a life guard and is suitable to swim and snorkel.  more »
  • This was very cool to see. I didn't think it was a great beach for swimming. The water was rough when I went. But it is for sure, beautiful to see and hang out at. We also saw a sea turtle resting on ...  more »
  • Best place to swim
  • Great place to see sea turtles. Beach is easy to access.
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