Papakolea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii, USA
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 98%Budget Travelers
- 79%Green Travelers
- 79%Adventure Travelers
- 70%Spiritual Seekers
Member Reviews (29)
- Papakolea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii, USAMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Feb 01, 2014
One of my favorite places on the island but it's not located anywhere near Hilo! The green sand beach at South Point is made by the volcano. The energy of this the southern most point of Hawaii and of the US is a very powerful place that it draws spiritual seekers from around the world. The beach here is quite a hike but it is free and open to the public. It's an essential stop on a trip to the Big Island.
- Papakolea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii, USAMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersAdventure TravelersDec 08, 2013
Great place to spend a day - especially if you're hiking, which I did. It's 3 miles from the parking lot across rugged terrain. You can take a 4x4 shuttle from the parking lot but that'll cost ya! Plus you don't get to see the views along the way like you do when you hike it. When you get there, look for a ladder that gets you down to the slope and the footpath is clear from there.
The water is great but don't go swimming as it is pretty rough.
And yes, the sand really is green!
- Papakolea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii, USAOct 11, 2013
It's a pretty long drive from just about everywhere else on the Island, but it's worth it as a day trip if you have the time. You need a 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to the beach, but there are people who will give you a ride for about $10/person (or you can walk, but it's super windy and hot). Check out South Point also while you're there.
- Papakolea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii, USASep 01, 2013
Yes, really, GREEN sand, formed by the volcanic eruptions eons ago and pounding ocean surf! Larger pieces are found in the gemstone "olivine", but please don't remove any sand, or risk Madame Pele's fury! This is a MUST SEE on my list, and recently, two local brothers have begun offering guided "drives" from South Point Road for only $20/person!
- Papakolea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii, USAJul 22, 2013
Absolutely amazing. There is a parking area that is approximately 3 miles from the beach. It is walking over uneven lava and takes awhile, but well worth the hike. You can drive in closer with 4 wheel drive or pay the locals hanging out at the parking area to give you a ride. DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR PARKED CAR!
- Papakolea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii, USAJun 18, 2013
This is one of my favorite places on the Big Island. The beach really is green sand; it is olivine (a magnesium iron silicate), instead of the typical white silicon dioxide sand. The wind has carved out a semicircular bay from the cliffs that deposits the olivine sand on the beach below and has created a series of stone "stairs" in the cliff that allow you to easily walk down to the beach. It is typically deserted because the only ways to it are 1) walk in three miles and out three miles (flat and a little windy), 2) drive in with a four-wheel drive or 3) sometimes there's a guy with an SUV giving rides for $5.00 a person. It is an amazing sight and well worth the walk. If you have a four-wheel drive, go through the two gates, over a small hill (the only place you really need a four-wheel drive) and then immediately bear left as far as possible. If you continue to bear left, you will avoid the multiple erroneous roads that go straight ahead, but lead you into eroded ruts that are literally 4 to 5 feet deep in places. If you stay as far left as possible, you will eventually come to a barbed wire fence. Follow the fence to the right; as you progress, you will start to see glittering green sand in the roadway. You will eventually come to a large nearly flat area at the edge of the cliff that creates all the green sand. Be careful of the big surf if you go into the ocean below. If you walk in, just go approximately straight, parallel to the beach since you can walk around the giant ruts. Go back the same way you walked in or drove in.
- Papakolea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii, USAJun 06, 2013
Green Sand Beach is close to South Point, so if you are going there, don't miss the green sand beach. You have to park and hike to it, so take plenty of water, food, sunscreen, towels, good walking shoes and hats. Seeing it once was enough for me, but it was worth it.
- Papakolea Green Sand Beach, Hawaii, USA