Papakolea (Green Sand) Beach

If you’re headed south, Green Sand Beach is a day hike not to be missed.   The dirt road in is about a 45 minute hike along the most beautiful coastline, with grasses, lava rock, and beautiful waves lapping along patches of beach.   You will be rewarded with a beach sparkling with green olivine crystals you won’t find anywhere else. 


Once you get to Green Sand beach area, there is a significant drop down to the actual beach from the viewing area.

Bring plenty of water and a picnic lunch, you won’t want to leave.   If you’re pressed for time or need help with the hike, there are Jeeps who will provide transport.

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