The southern most tip of Hawaii,Travel Photo Mondays #30


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The southern most tip of Hawaii,Travel Photo Mondays

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The southern most tip of Hawaii

Pasture land in South Point


It’s a desolate drive down to the southern tip of Hawaii, also considered the southern most tip of the United States. A large grassy landscape of pasture land with no trees, it’s very windy and quiet along an almost one lane paved road to the southern tip of Hawaii Island. It really could be anywhere in the world except that the weather is nice and balmy for winter compared to the rest of the mainland USA.

It’s a 12 mile jaunt from the main highway looping the island and we are there in no time, at the junction we go straight – the other road leading to a rare green sand beach which I will be posting about in an upcoming post. Off to the right are huge wind fans perching on top of sheer cliffs dropping directly into the deep blue of the Pacific ocean.


Pasture land in South Point

Cliffs along South Point



Finally we arrive abruptly at the end which is edged with rugged cliffs which drop straight into the ocean. Rusting old cranes – a remainder of a bygone fishing legacy to the area is now used mostly for hanging out or as a jumping platform to the cold waters below. Surprisingly there were a few bold or crazy tourists ready to dive 25 feet into the cold water below -a little too scary in my opinion. In any case, it was nice to just enjoy the panoramic views and take some scenic photographs of the area.


Cliffs along South Point

Open hole along the cliffs





The southern most tip of Hawaii




The southern most tip of Hawaii

Old crane platforms



We continued driving down the other end of the roadway to a parking area leading to a coastal hike to this green sand beach along the southern tip of the island. One of the few green sand beaches in the world, the hike is quite beautiful (here’s a preview of the start of the hike below). I’ll write-up another post as a follow-up to this post on South Point. Thanks for visiting the southern most tip of Hawaii, hope you enjoyed the tour.


Hike to the green sand beach

Hike to the green sand beach



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30 Responses to The southern most tip of Hawaii,Travel Photo Mondays #30

  1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) February 9, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Breathtaking photographs, particularly of the cliffs along South Point!

  2. Cindy - thetravelgal February 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    Hi Noel. Look, I linked this week! I loved your pictures – South Point is a fabulous place. We spent a couple days down there at an amazing B&B and loved the sort of desolate wildness of it. It’s crazy and so NOT how people picture Hawaii. Kind of like slimy damp cave/bridges in Morocco!

    • Noel February 5, 2014 at 7:19 am #

      Hi Cindy, Thanks for linking up and I love your poost also, that is quite an unusual experience for Morocco!

  3. Andi February 4, 2014 at 4:50 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Suzanne Fluhr February 4, 2014 at 12:51 am #

    I was going to jump up and down (virtually anyway) and say that Key West was the southernmost point in the US and then I realized that Key West claims to be the southernmost “city”, not the southernmost point — and I’m not sure if they mean the contiguous US or not. As we head to Oahu to begin our 3 month stay in Hawaii on Thursday(!), I think the phrase “contiguous United States” might become annoying. Does it get on Hawaiians’ nerves? Anyway, since I had to refer to my blog post about Key West, I decided to link to that below. Aloha.

  5. Rachel M February 3, 2014 at 11:53 pm #

    Beautiful photos, scenic place …

  6. Johanna February 3, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Gorgeous photos as ever … makes me want to visit … and I too love the one of the horses. The light is fabulous 🙂

  7. Jerome Shaw February 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    One of these days I promise to be ready and link up. Great idea.

  8. Cathy Sweeney February 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm #

    No way you’d catch me diving from those cliffs. Beautiful scenes there at the southern-most tip of Hawaii. Love the horses pic, too.

  9. Henry | @fotoeins February 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    Love the Ka’u area and coastline! Thanks for highlighting this part of the Big Island, Noel!

  10. Zori February 3, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    Wow what a beautiful photos and amazing nature! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Gran Canaria Local February 3, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    Loving the colours, Noel. Hawaii, like our very own Gran Canaria, is clearly more colourful than most envisage. Can’t wait for the next Travel Photo Monday.

  12. santafetraveler February 3, 2014 at 7:53 am #

    Great Hawaii photos as usual. I’m excited. This week we have an exhibition of Ansel Adam’s Hawaii photos opening at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

    • Noel February 3, 2014 at 9:14 am #

      That’s excellent, I didn’t get to see them when they had his images in Oahu for a special exhibit!

  13. Corinne February 3, 2014 at 6:51 am #

    Gorgeous Noel! I’ve never been that far south. I love, love, love the horses!

  14. BiTi February 3, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    I love that first shot, perfect for the year of the horse too :).

  15. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs February 3, 2014 at 3:11 am #

    Loves how the water hit the shore!

  16. muzachan February 2, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    Beautiful place…

  17. David W February 2, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    I love the textures in the old crane equipment. The rust colors and aged woods against the bright colors of the sea. Nicely done.

  18. Tonya {The Traveling Praters} February 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    What a beautiful tour of South Point! I can’t wait to read more about the green beach. The photos from the cliff are gorgeous. Please tell me people weren’t jumping into that hole along the cliffs!

  19. Marisol@TravelingSolemates February 2, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    Wow, so breathtaking. It’s nice to see how the southernmost point of Hawaii/US looks like. Everything looks so alive in your photos. That photo of a brave guy on the edge of the cliff gave me jelly knees. It looks so scary. I can just imagine how picturesque the hike is on the green sand beach. Looking forward to your post about it.

  20. Rajlakshmi February 2, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    These are such amazing photos… beautiful

  21. Briona February 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    What lovely photos! I especially love the first one of the horses! 🙂


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