Punaluu Black Sand Beach
Ninole Loop Road, Pahala, Big Island, Hawaii

Punauu translates to “diving spring” because this area contains a number of fresh water springs that provided a valuable source of water for generations of Hawaiians. The black sands here are not only beautiful to the eye, but warm (and sometimes downright hot) to the touch from absorbing heat from the sun’s rays. This spot is also favored by Green Sea Turtles who often come here to lie on the warm sand and bask in the sun. However, this rocky beach is not the best site for swimming or snorkeling. Just take a page out of the sea turtles’ book—kick back, take a leisurely stroll, and enjoy the view. Take the Malama Trail within the Mauna Lani Resort to see a number of well-preserved historical petroglyphs (stone carvings) etched into the lava rock by ancient Hawaiians.

Big Island, Hawaii Tourist Attractions
Akaka Falls
Anaehoomalu Bay
Anna Ranch Heritage Center
Dolphin Quest
Giant Cowboy Boot
Hapuna Beach
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Historic Kailua Village
Honokohau Harbor Beach
Hulihee Palace
Kahaluu Beach Park
Kamaee Falls
Kaumana Caves
Kehena Black Sand Beach
Kekaha Kai State Park
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Laupahoehoe Train Museum
Lava Covered Road
Leleiwi Beach Park
Liliuokalani Gardens
Lyman Museum
Mauna Kea Beach
Mauna Kea Summit
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Visitor Center
Nani Mau Gardens
Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm
Pacific Tsunami Museum
Palace Theatre
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens
Papakolea Green Sand Beach
Pololu Valley Lookout
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau
Pua Mau Place
Punaluu Black Sand Beach

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Rainbow Falls
Sadie Seymour Botanical Garden
Star of the Sea Painted Church
Steamvent Guesthouse
Thomas A. Jaggar Museum
Thurston Lava Tube
Tiny St. Peter's Catholic Church
Turtles at Honaunau Bay
Umauma Falls
Volcanoes National Park
Waikaumalo Park
Waikola Petroglyph Preserve
Waipio Valley Lookout
White Sands Beach
Wood Valley Temple
World Botanical Gardens

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