A black sand beach on the Big Island?  Yep, and it is BLACK, especially when wet.  Basically it is the dried lava broken up into millions of granules.  Just know that these granules are coarse and it will hurt if you try to walk the beach barefoot.  Best to have some form of beach footwear.Black Sand Beach Big Island Hawaii

Why Go to the Black Sand Beach?

  1.  It’s unique!  How often do you get to see black sand?  It takes being around volcanic rock to have a truly black sand beach.
  2. Turtles!  There are always a lot of turtles that come to rest here.  They crawl up on the beach and take a nap or bob around in the waters.  It’s not a guarantee you will see turtles but almost always they will be there.  It’s definitely a hanging out spot for them.

The black sand beach isn’t necessarily the greatest swimming beach though you can get it in the water.  But it definitely makes up for in uniqueness, turtles and actually quite a beautiful backdrop.

Behind the beach is a palm tree lined pond that attract waterfowl.  It really is a uniquely beautiful location and worth a stop over.

Black Sand Beach



Between mile markers 55 and 56 on Hwy 11.


Parking:  Yes
Restrooms and showers:  Yes
Path: Sandy Beach




Lifeguards:  No
Waves:  Can be calm or strong
Extra:  Wear shoes.  The lava sand is sharp

Handicapped Accessibility

It’s easy access to parking, restrooms and such but the beach if thicker sand.  Viewing area is available but pushing a wheelchair through the sand is probably tough.  Someone with a walker might be able to cross the sand Ok but there’s not a place to sit for several hundred yards.  Worthy drive though through the area.