Our road trip along the Big Island’s south shore included stops at the amazing Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, the windy Southernmost Point in the U.S., and even the South Kona Fruit Stand where we tried Lychee’s for the first time (not a fan!) But the highlight of our road trip was Punalu’u Beach (pronounced poo-na-loo-oo): a palm tree-lined beach with the blackest sand I’ve ever encountered.
Hawaiian Honu (green sea turtles) are known to frequent the area because they love to bask in the sun, and within seconds of kicking off my flip-flops and walking through the
scalding hot black sand we spotted a honu down by the shore. We saw three more turtles that day, all sunning themselves the entire time we were at the beach. From what I hear, that’s a slow day on Punalu’u for honu, but you won’t hear me complaining!
Thanks to my sweet husband for taking these AMAZING photos of the Honu!
Our afternoon of silliness consisted of taking the lead from our Honu friends and sun bathing on the beach, enjoying a delicious picnic including fresh fruit purchased from the fruit stand along the way, napping, strolling along the beach, playing photographer, and dipping our toes in the feisty ocean–it was a little rough for swimming that day.
Have you been to a Black Sand Beach?