Papakolea Green Sand Beach

Papakolea Green Sand Beach
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Phone (808) 961-8311
Address South Point Rd, Naalehu, HI 96772
One of only four green sand beaches in the world.

• Sand Type: Green • Parking: Street only

Papakolea Green Sand Beach is made of the mineral Olivine, which is found in the eroding cinder cone that was created by an eruption of Mauna Loa in ancient times.

The hike to the beach is about five miles each way through lava fields. It is a good idea to wear sturdy shoes. It can take 2 to 3 hours to make it to the beach. Plan ahead so you have enough time to make it back to your car before dark. There are no lights or facilities here.

The path for vehicles is brutal even for 4 wheel drive vehicles so you definitely do not want to take a rental vehicle down to the beach. But if walking isn't an option there may be a local trying to make a few dollars by shuttling people to and from the beach. Do this only at your own risk because these shuttle services are certainly not legal or insured.

If you do swim here stay close to shore, there are no lifeguards here. Also, be sure to resist the temptation to take the special, green sand from this beach as a souvenir. For more on that be sure to read Lava Rock & Sand Souvenirs.