Around Na'alehu: The Big Island Beach Guide

Na'alehu is a small town on the big island of Hawaii that boasts of being the southernmost city in the United States. The Big Island beach areas are relaxing and fun. Bring your camera and see the beautiful views off the cliffs overlooking the ocean waves.

Punaluu Beach
2270 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
www.bigisland.org/beaches

Just a few miles from your Na'alehu inn, the Punaluu Beach area has the famous black sand beaches caused from the crushed lava from nearby volcanoes. The black beach gets tons of tourists who stroll along watching the sea turtles that come up to the shore. Spread your blanket out under a coconut tree and soak up the sun, or wade into the ocean. The water here is rough, making it harder for swimmers to withstand the strong current. There is a park nearby with pavilions for picnicking and a freshwater fish pond. The water is cool and refreshing.

Green Sand Beach
160 Baker Ave.
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 974-4250

Your Big Island beach vacation would not be complete without seeing Hawaii's southernmost point, Green Sand Beach, located in the Kau district. The sand looks green due to a mineral called olivine that mixes with the black sand. The dark green beaches are beautiful, but hard to get to. You can travel the paved road to a certain point, but the last two miles must be traveled by foot or 4-wheel-drive vehicle. The trail is definitely worth the trouble. The beach is sandwiched in a cove between tall cliffs. The water is rough, but good for wading or swimming in the shallow edges.

Ocean View Beach
1151 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI. 96813
(808) 587-0400

Located on the southwest side of the island, the Ocean View Beach area is known for its variety of colorful beaches. White, black and green beaches span the area. The small community is filled with shops, restaurants and other attractions. This area is a short drive from other attractions on the island and from your Na'alehu bed and breakfast.

Hawaii Volcano National Park
PO Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718-0052
(808) 985-6000
www.nps.gov

If you have a few hours or even the whole day to spend on your Big Island beach vacation, explore Volcano National Park, located just north of Na'alehu. Tour the Kilauea Visitor's Center to learn interesting information about the volcano and the Big Island. You can see a video about more in depth details of the volcanoes and learn about ancient people who lived in the area. You can do a variety of activities in the park, depending on how much time you have. You may hike, bike, drive and even camp in the park. Although the park is open all the time, the visitor's center is only open from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. They will give you maps and information about trails and accessibility of the park. Rangers urge everyone to use common sense, to stay safe and follow the park's rules. Stay on marked trails and roads. There are several places to eat within the park. Plan ahead and have a fun day exploring the two most active volcanoes in the world.