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South Point (Ka Lae) and Green Sand Beach

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Address: Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI
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The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand...

The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.

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Beautiful beach you have to hike down to

Yes, you read that right. You have to hike down to the green sand beach down a steep trail with plenty of handholds in the cliff face and a ladder at one point to make it down the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Yes, you read that right. You have to hike down to the green sand beach down a steep trail with plenty of handholds in the cliff face and a ladder at one point to make it down the last leg. Once you get down there, enjoy the beautiful shimmering olivine sand between the blue water and the gray cliff side.... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The road to south point is paved and in good condition however the last few miles are almost single lane so you need to slow down with approaching traffic and may need to drive on the shoulder. Quite windy when we were there and rainy as well so we didn't explore all that much. There were young people cliff diving... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A quiet place to enjoy the afternoon. Bring insect repellant, bottled water and foodas there is no place to get those.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked the 2.5 miles there with our 7 & 9 year old. It was very windy and at times the sand blasted us. While it seemed never ending, the scenery and walk along the ocean coast was breathtaking at times. Plus, the beach it's self was studding. The green sand was soft. However, the currents were too strong for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth checking out - good birding on the road in. Look out over the cliff from the wooden scaffolding. Beautiful place.

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Maple Ridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of only 4 green sand beaches in the world. It is well worth the hike. If you need a ride there are locals who will drive you out but we hiked it and were happy we did. Tip: 1. try to stay along the shoreline on your way there. The views are spectacular. On the way back... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A true hidden gem of the big island of Hawaii. My friend, who is a geologist, told me about Papakolea and the green sand beach, and we decided to look into how to hike this! The other reviews are accurate: it's not easy, but it's totally worth it. It's one of only FOUR green sand beaches IN THE WORLD, so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's slightly remote. Some go here to jump off the cliff to the water despite a big Danger sign warning not to do so. If in the area, it's worth a look. Only visited south point, not green sands.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the green sand beach yesterday and it was spectacular! The road in was much worse than we expected and we saw a rental Jeep Renegade coming out with the rear bumper dragging the ground and significant damage to the side. We chose to hire a local gentleman Jose Gomez to drive us there in his 4x4 truck. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a great beach, well worth the trek. We took out a Jeep and made it out just fine! If walking leave early and wear sturdy shoes, it's also very windy and dusty.

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