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Papakolea - Green Sand Beach

near Ka Lae - South Point, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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The big island of Hawaii's southernmost point features the Green Sand Beach.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“south point” (447 reviews)
“pickup truck” (78 reviews)
“mile hike” (120 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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near Ka Lae - South Point, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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US$1,299 per adult
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US$750 per adult
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"south point"
in 447 reviews
"pickup truck"
in 78 reviews
"mile hike"
in 120 reviews
"actual beach"
in 45 reviews
"wheel drive"
in 112 reviews
"climb down"
in 33 reviews
"off road"
in 62 reviews
"long hike"
in 61 reviews
"the big island"
in 182 reviews
"unique beach"
in 26 reviews
"rough terrain"
in 44 reviews
"high clearance"
in 22 reviews
"hitch a ride"
in 20 reviews
"bring water"
in 61 reviews
"an adventure"
in 70 reviews
"jeep wrangler"
in 17 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 67 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Worth the hike. Yes it's long. Yes it's hot. But it really is a beautiful place and the fact that only a few like it exist in the world is what makes it even better and more rewarding when you get there. The shuttles are...More

1  Thank Vincent R
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Be prepared for a rough ride to get to the beach. Once there, it was not that impressive, in my opinion. Just a small beach made from the erosion of Olivine rock. It is green/muddy green/olive drab in color...no big deal really. The ride with...More

Thank Michael F
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited Green Sand Beach with family from 10 years old to 71 years old. Locals await your arrival and for $15 per person (no charge for the 10 year old) will transport you in their off road buggy or trucks down the 2.5 mile long,...More

Thank Christy C
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I took our rental Jeep out to the green sand beach. It was the last day of our honeymoon and I have to say it was my favorite part of the trip! We didn’t hike the trail but we highly recommend you...More

Thank Haley O
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The drive out in the jeep is an adventure in itself. The dirt roads heading to the beach are in terrifically horrific shape. The roads are constantly splitting. I'm assuming all roads lead to the beach but it's a crap shoot as to which ones...More

1  Thank DCscarlet
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our second visit to the Green Sand Beach but our first with our kids. We opted to take a local tour guide, whereas last time we drove ourselves in a Jeep Wrangler rental. Our local guide Rodney was AWESOME! So I see some...More

1  Thank Marianne A
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is by far one of the coolest experiences we had in Hawaii. The sand is definitely emerald green and it was well worth having a local drive us to and from. Pay the $10 bucks. Lol! I don’t know that I have ever had...More

Thank Felisia P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a rental Jeep to the beach. You either have to hike, take a charter 4x4 or drive yourself. A 4x4 is absolutely necessary. The drive is scary at times. Take the far left trails next to the fence for the easiest trail but...More

Thank williamdoggett
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We opted for the family shuttle. It was 20 bucks round trip per person. We passed many people hiking on the way to green sands. At first I really thought we could've hiked but after the ride I'm glad we didn't. There is a lot...More

Thank Cutler B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beach was well worth the very long hike to get there (although there are locals who will happily drive you down & back for $10 per person). Water breaks pretty close to the shore so you will leave with sand in your bathing suit....More

Thank Anna D
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Fionacly
23 October 2017|
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Response from louisg319 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure probably not Uber or Lyft
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KatzTravels
30 January 2017|
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Response from Jennifer K | Reviewed this property |
They will approach you on the parking area. I think the hike itself added to the experience though and I wouldn't pay for the ride personally. I would suggest being sunscreens up as it's very windy and you don't realize... More
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8 January 2017|
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Response from Jeff A | Reviewed this property |
When we were there, it was moderately rough. My wife is a competitive master's swimmer, and she refused to go in. People think Hawaii is a theme park. #1 cause of death for tourists is drowning. You couldn't pay me to go... More
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