A black sand beach at Punalu’u ,Travel Photo Mondays #32


 A black sand beach at Punalu’u ,Travel Photo Mondays



A black sand beach at Punaluu

Honu basking at the beach

Visiting Punalu’u beach

On the southern part of Hawaii island is a large black sandy beach called Punalu’u, a favorite spot for Honu or Hawaiian green and Hawksbill turtles often basking out in the warm sandy beaches.  This area is also frequented by Hawaiian monk seals,  humpback whales, spinner dolphins and many types of sea life found in the tranquil bay.


A black sand beach at Punaluu

Anchialine pools





Anchialine pools

Anchialine pools





A black sand beach at Punaluu

The rocky coastline at Punalu’u


Large anchialine pools within the vicinity of the black sand beach with brackish waters that are rare and endangered ecosystems in on the Big Island. The area is also fed by underground aquifers with spring fed waters mixing into the salty ocean waters, creating an ideal habitat for a variety of fish that thrive in these koa or fish environments. It is still a very popular fishing spot for fishermen on the shore and fishing out on boats along the shorelines.


A black sand beach at Punaluu

Welcome Aloha sign at Punalu’u





A black sand beach at Punaluu

Fishing on the bay


The rugged coastline surrounding the black sand beach is marked with large areas of lava rock that have poured into the ocean and are centuries old formations and create interesting cracks, patterns and jagged formations flowing in many directions and into the ocean.


A black sand beach at Punaluu

The rocky coastline at Punalu’u




A black sand beach at Punaluu

More turtles basking on the beach


The beach at Punalu’u is sometimes treacherous because of rip tides and currents entering the bay. If you do go swimming in the beach, stay closer to the shallow areas and other protected spots along the beach. Hope you enjoyed the tour of this scenic and wild coastline along the southern shores of Hawaii Island. Meanwhile, please enjoy other bloggers sharing their Travel Photo Monday links below.


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22 Responses to A black sand beach at Punalu’u ,Travel Photo Mondays #32

  1. Samantha @mytanfeet February 21, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    Awww turtles! Beautiful photos as always 🙂

  2. BiTi February 19, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    Gorgeous photos, I have never experienced black sand, it’s on my bucket list :).

  3. Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy February 19, 2014 at 11:41 am #

    Love that turtle! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler! 🙂

  4. Life Images by Jill February 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    how interesting – we have larva rocks like this at our beach. I’ve put images up about it this week in my blog post. The waterlilly pond looks like the ones in Monet’s Garden in France.

  5. Corinne February 17, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

    Love, love, love those turtles!

  6. Mary {The World Is A Book} February 17, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    Beautiful photos! We didn’t make it to this beach but what a gorgeous area. It’s always fun to see the turtles.

  7. Tonya {The Traveling Praters} February 17, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    Love the black sand and turtles. Gorgeous photos!

  8. Jesh StG February 17, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    Back – to say I changed the title of my post this week to Travel Conundrums:)

  9. Jesh StG February 17, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Love the colors of the captures because of the black sand:) The fisherman is my favorite, and the turtles!

  10. travelnwrite February 17, 2014 at 7:44 am #

    Well, we both focused on Hawaiian beach scenes this week, Noel. I love those turtle shots on the black sand beach. Nothing more magical than honu!

  11. Mama Zen February 17, 2014 at 5:57 am #

    How beautiful!

  12. muzachan February 16, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    The turtles are so cute, love them 🙂

  13. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} February 16, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    I really like how the fisherman’s bright green shorts and the yellow vegetation stand out against the black beach. That Aloha sign is fun. Yet another set of wonderful photos from you!

  14. Jackie February 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    OMG this is one of my favourite places in the world to stay!! We have stayed at the resort right there at least 5 times!!

  15. CarmensTravelTips February 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    Those black sands beaches most be scorching hot for those turtles to be laying on it. I walked on black sand beaches in Spain and burned the bottom of my feet.

  16. Briona February 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

    Lovely pictures, especially the last one of the two turtles! 🙂

  17. RajlakshmI February 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    Another beautiful collection of photographs. The turtles look amazing. Must be pretty exciting to find them on the beach

    • Rajlakshmi February 16, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

      and the sand is pretty dark too

  18. SJ “Mrs Chasing the Donkey” Begonja February 16, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    Ohhhh that turtle looks so sweet ! Thanks for linking up with us to #SundayTraveler


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