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Black-Sand-Beach is one of Hawaii's undiscovered gems located off the beaten path near the southeastern tip of The Big Island. It lies along Highway 11 between Volcano and Naalehu, near Papalehau Point, the Kau Forest Reserve and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Your journey to Black Sand Beach takes you through forest with deep ravines carved into the earth, which exposes the lava floor. The fertile soils in the area support an array of exotic plants and tropical fruit, as well as many coffee and macadamia nut farms. Famous for its' black sand beach and giant sea turtles, Punaluu Black Sand Beach offers surfing, horseback riding, snorkeling, deep sea fishing and whale watching. Swimming is cold due to the many freshwater pools, which is what makes it a favorite spot for the sea turtles. You can bask in the sun on the beautiful black sand, or hike in the nearby caves at Ninole Cave Park. Easy day trips take you to Hilo or the Kona Coast. Nearby Volcanoes National Park is the result of 70 million years of volcano activity, and the park encompasses diverse environments that range from sea level to the summit of the Earth's most massive volcano, Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. Over half the park is designated wilderness and provides unusual hiking and camping opportunities.

Surrounding areas: Naalehu, Hawaii (7.3 mi), Waiohinu, Hawaii (8.5 mi), Wood Valley, Hawaii (9.2 mi), South Point, Hawaii (18.3 mi), Ocean View, Hawaii (22.3 mi), Opihihale, Hawaii (25.6 mi), Milolii Beach, Hawaii (26.3 mi)

Black Sand Beach Vacation Rentals

Black Sand Beach Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Kilauea Volcano KabinsVolcano, HI26.7 mi.(808) 967-7773

Black Sand Beach Weather & Climate

Hawaii is in the tropics, with a climate that is mild throughout the year with moderate humidity, persistent northeasterly trade winds, very few severe storms and rainfall that varies greatly depending on location. The mountains are a major influence on the weather on The Big Island. The eastern "windward" side receives significantly more rain than the drier "leeward" side to the west and it is fairly consistent in amount throughout the year. The mountains obstruct and accelerate the flow of the warm, moist air from the ocean. As the air moves up and over the slopes and mountains, clouds form and rainfall is much greater. When the air descends over the leeward areas, it tends to be sunny and dry. These endless peaks, valleys, ridges and broad slopes are what gives Hawaii a climate that is different from the surrounding ocean, as well as a variety of differences within the islands themselves. These differences would not exist if the islands were flat and the same size.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 80°F 64°F 4.30 in. 72°F
February 80°F 64°F 3.27 in. 72°F
March 80°F 64°F 3.53 in. 71°F
April 81°F 65°F 1.55 in. 72°F
May 82°F 66°F 1.55 in. 72°F
June 82°F 67°F 0.73 in. 74°F
July 83°F 68°F 2.64 in. 74°F
August 84°F 68°F 2.50 in. 75°F
September 84°F 68°F 3.55 in. 75°F
October 84°F 68°F 3.34 in. 75°F
November 82°F 67°F 5.82 in. 74°F
December 80°F 65°F 4.30 in. 73°F

Black Sand Beach Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Hilo International airport (ITO) located about 50 miles northeast of Black Sand Beach in Hilo, Hawaii, the Kona International At Keahole airport (KOA) located approximately 54 miles northwest of Black Sand Beach in Kailua / Kona, Hawaii, and finally the Waimea Kohala airport (MUE) located roughly 60 miles north of Black Sand Beach in Kamuela, Hawaii.

Black Sand Beach Attractions

State Parks
Manukä State ParkHI20.5 mi. 

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