This secluded, and we do mean secluded, sand beach is located near Ka Lae (South Point) in the Ka'u district of Hawaii. The hike is a rugged 2-mile dusty labyrinth of ruts that eventually lead to the beach. Getting down to the beach is an entirely different issue. Shaped like a giant bowl, you have to climb down the side of the "bowl" to reach the beach. Braving the rugged road down, you might be tempted to ask yourself if it's really worth the trip. It's not easy to get to, but where else can you see a Green Sand beach?
Do not swim here as the waters are very turbulent.
To drive to the Green Sands Beach you need to get a permit from the DHHL (Department of Hawaiian Homelands) for $25. They will also provide you with a key in the event the gate (near the boat ramp at the start of the road) is locked. When you return the key, you'll receive your deposit back. We should note however that you can only drive there with someone local since all the rental agencies companies forbid any off-pavement driving.
You do not need a permit to hike there but you are supposed to call DHHL to let them know you will be going there. They just like to be informed of who is on their property and the hike is absolutely free. You can contact DHHL at:
160 Baker Ave.
We should also note that anyone trying to charge you for parking is running a scam. Rather than get confrontational, just leave if anyone's attempting to charge for parking.
Green Sand Beach - Papakolea Photos
Beach Sand Color: Green
Description: Known as Green Sand Beach or even Pu'u o Mahana, Papakolea Beach, is well deserving of its name. The olive-like color of the sand comes from the presence of a greenish, semi-precious stone named,...