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Big Island Mahana Green Sand Beach Photo Mahana (Green Sand) Beach
also known as Papakolea

Olive color sand due to area of olovine (semi-precious green stone). Very isolated. Difficult access. Access requires jeep or four-wheel drive vehicle. Hazardous hike down to the beach, with drops of four to five feet.
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Big Island Punaluu Beach Park Photo Punaluu Beach Park

Black sand beach. Some of the only safe swimming on the south coast is found here. However, the riptides can be extreme, and the waves unpredictable. Use caution when swimming here. The best swimming area is the Northeast end of the beach, near the boat ramp.

Camping (permit needed)
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Big Island Road to the Sea Black Sand Beach Photo Road to the Sea Black Sand Beach

One of the most beautiful coastlines on the island. Black and green sand, isolated beach. Four-wheel drive required. Fairly safe swimming, but observe ocean conditions before entering the water.

No lifeguards
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Big Island Whittington Beach County Park Photo Whittington Beach County Park

Scenic ocean and cliff view. Rarely crowded beach. Rocky shoreline.

Picnic area
Restrooms, showers
Fire pits
Camping (with permit)
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