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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