Hike to Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Hawaii › Papakolea Beach
Added by Lorene Voskinarian
A flat ~2 mile hike out to the beach unless you get a "taxi" from the locals. Have you ever been to a green sand beach?
Papakolea Beach aka Green Sand Beach is situated in a bay cut into a side of a cinder cone that erupted thousands of years ago. The green sand is created by a silicate deposit (mineral deposit) of lava called, which stays on this beach because it is heavier than the other, lighter components of the lava.
To get to the beach, It's possible to get a ride from locals for a few bucks from the parking lot to the beach, but the 2.5 mile hike out there isn't too bad. The path is relatively flat until you climb down onto the beach. The only thing to keep in mind is that the hike is really exposed so if it's windy, the sand will be blowing around a bit. Once you get there, enjoy the beach and go for a swim if the waves aren't too big or you're a comfortable ocean swimmer. You may also want to grab a coconut or a cold one from the local vendor before heading out to the beach.
- Trail shoes
- Cash if you take the "taxi" from the locals out to the beach
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Amazing Trail Run Along The Coast
The reviews of this area totally undersold this hike. We opted to run the 3 miles each way and it was so worth it. Running was just as fast as taking a ride with the locals but allows you to check out the cliffs. Look out for sea turtles surfing the waves. Make sure you hike to the top of the cliff that overlooks the beach at the end. Keep going around the point to get to a coral beach that is more private.
On a hot day when the winds are blowing, its definitely worth hitching a ride with one of the locals (bring cash) or planning ahead and renting a car with four wheel drive. After checking out the Green Sand Beach, head over to South Point for some cliff jumping and to see the southern most point in the US!
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