Hawaii is known for its beautiful beaches. The Green Sand Beach, also known as Papakōlea beach in Kona Hawaii, is by far one of my favorite beaches, which means a lot because I was born and raised in Florida and was surrounded by the Florida Keys, Long Boat Key, Anna Maria Island, Boynton Beach and more.
Hike to Green Sand Beach
I highly recommend going to see the Green Sand Beach. It is about a 2 1/2 mile long hike, but well worth it. There are people who drive along the hike to the Green Sand Beach and help people reach their destination. You may get lucky and be able to hitch a ride.
The hike is along the ocean and it is a spectacular view. You can see one of my favorite views from the hike to Green Sand Beach.
Once you reach the destination you will climb down a sandy rock wall to access the beach. If you are going to visit this beach it is important that you are in good shape and you are able to climb and walk far distances. This trip is not for everyone, but it is an amazing thing to see. The sand is made of peridot, which is a jewel that develops under the lava. Over the years the ocean washed away the lava and created the peridot sand.
I took some close-ups of the sand. Over time, other sand has mixed in with the peridot and black lava sand, but if you look closely you can see the sand is really green. I wish I had a better camera with me at the time, but I’m very thankful for the memories, experience, and pictures. It is by far my favorite experience in Kona.
Planning Hawaii Trip
If you are planning a trip to Kona, make sure to check out other articles about Kona, Hawaii and Oahu, Hawaii. If you are looking for other beaches to visit in Kona, check out my article about the Black Sand Beach. Hawaii is an amazing place to visit. It is unlike any other state in the United States.
Directions to the green sand beach
Take South Point between mile markers 69 and 70 on Hwy 11 (between Kona and Volcano Village), and drive to the small harbor about 8 miles. There will be a sign for Green Sand Beach. You can park there. Walk from the parking lot to the ocean and take the road to the left (facing the water on the east). Follow the road with the ocean on your right-hand side for about 2 1/2 miles. You will get to the cliffs above the Green Sand Beach. Climb down the lava cliff carefully. The cliff is located on the west side of the bay.