Take me there Tuesday: Punalu’u Black Sand Seaside on Hawaii (Massive) Island

Punalu’u Black Sand Seaside sits on the southern facet of Hawaii (Massive) Island. What a sight it’s with inexperienced coconut timber flanking one facet of this black sand seaside and the ocean blues on the opposite facet. There’s one thing in regards to the black sand that makes all the opposite colours come alive.

Sea turtles (honu) are identified to regularly go to Punalu’u Seaside. They’ll encounter the black sand to relaxation. As a reminder, all the time maintain a distance from  of no less than 10 ft or 3 meters from honu.

Honu (turtles) resting on Punalu’u Seaside. Photograph credit score to Mat Siltala.

Typically the honu can appear nearly camouflaged on the black sand. So, do be conscious of the place you’re strolling once you go to right here. Our good friend Mat almost accidentally stepped on a honu during one of his visits.

The Punalu’u Seaside Park shouldn’t be a perfect swimming spot per Go Hawaii, nonetheless it’s improbable for stress-free and taking within the surroundings.

The huge measurement of Hawaii Island might be appreciated, partially, by the drive to get to Punalu’u. If you’re staying within the Hilo space  the drive takes simply over an hour, with out stops. From Volcano close to Hawaii Volcanoes Nationwide Park, the drive is simply about half-hour. If you’re coming from Kona and Kohala areas, anticipate a drive time of round 2 to 2.5 hours respectively, with out stops. From both path, you’ll see lava fields in addition to new and outdated forested areas in such an fascinating mixture of terrains. Alongside the way in which, it’s possible you’ll wish to cease to soak up the surroundings.

From this link to Google Maps, you possibly can create your personal instructions to Punalu’u Black Sand Seaside.

It’s additionally value noting that there’s a beautiful bakery, Punalu’u Bake Shop, that’s within the close by city of Na’alehu. This small city is a couple of 15-minute drive from the black sand seaside. (Word that when you’re driving from the Kona facet, you’ll attain Na’alehu ten miles earlier than the black sand seaside.) Punalu’u Bake Store is known for 2 issues particularly. First, they’re identified for his or her candy breads. Second, they’re the southernmost bakery in the US. Along with their candy breads, we’ve loved their malasadas and coco puffs, as effectively.

The city of Na’alehu is sort of fascinating to see as effectively. This city was as soon as a bustling sugar cane mill city. For historical past buffs, right here’s a link to the history of the sugar cane plantation of Na’alehu.

Have you ever ventured to this distant, but fascinating a part of Hawaii (Massive) Island? What did you assume?

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