Kau Beaches

Hawaii Island’s southern most region Kau, seems almost untouched by civilization, but this is a place of natural wonders and home to Punaluu Black Sand Beach.

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- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Home to Kilauea Volcano, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
- Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona): Lively, historic gathering place in the heart of Kona.
- Hilo: Home to botanical gardens, waterfalls and off-the-beaten-path local shops and restaurants.
- Waimea: Experience the cool uplands of paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) country.
- Holualoa: Visit coffee country and taste why 100% Kona coffee is so famous.


Kau Beaches

Punaluu Black Sand Beach

Punaluu Black Sand Beach
This is Hawaii Island’s famous black sand beach and a excellent place to see the Hawaiian green sea turtles (honu) basking along the shore. Although swimming isn't ideal, there are picnic area and restroom facilities so you can have lunch while you experience the unique feeling of black volcanic sand between your toes. One unique feature of Punaluu is that the water is often slightly colder, and more exhilarating, than the average beach due to having freshwater springs in the area which bubble out of the ocean bottom near the shore. The fresh water then rises to the top since it is less dense than salt water, forming a thin layer of ultra-cool water atop the sea surface.

Location: 30 miles South of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


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