Hello friends!! How’re you all?? This time we will let you have some beach fun.. Beaches, will surely make you think about that fun in making lovely sand castles, having that awesome suntan, refreshing coconut waters and those famous grape wines. These things will definitely revives those memorable days of immense fun. If you still don’t get a chance to feel that fun or never visit any beach in your life so this is your chance to plan your vacation to this beach, it is one of its kind and is extremely beautiful. This beautiful beach is popularly called the Punalu’u Beach.
The Punalu’u Beach in Hawaii features black sand made of basalt and created by lava, which explodes as it makes contact with the ocean. The lava, which later cools, is the result of volcanic activity at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The Punalu’u beach, also known as the Black Sand Beach, is often frequented by endangered green and hawksbill turtles. Although swimming isn’t ideal, there is a picnic area and restroom facilities so you can have lunch while you experience the unique feeling of black sand between your toes.
Be careful when going into the water, because there can be strong currents at times in the water at Punalu’u beach. The best place to enter the water is from the small boat ramp on the left (facing the water) of the beach. Stay out of the water if the surf is high. A better place to snorkel is Ninole Cove. Ninole Cove is a short walk from Punalu’u, and offers a sheltered bay with sand channels that provide decent entry to the action. You can either drive there (park below the clubhouse of the sea mountain golf course), or take a sort but rewarding hike from the black sand beach parking lot.
About Punalu’u Beach
Punaluʻu Beach (also called Black Sand Beach) is a beach between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu on the Big Island of the U.S. state of Hawaii. The swimming area is very rocky, and it can be dangerous to swim. The beach also has a large amount of underground fresh water that flows in it. This fresh water is very cold and looks almost like gasoline mixing with the water. Legend has it that in the time of drought, the ancient Hawaiians living in the area would dive underwater with a jug to get their fresh water. In the Hawaiian language puna luʻu means “spring (water) diver for”.
Rare and endangered native animals known at Punaluʻu and Ninole are the honu ea (hawksbill turtle), honu (green turtle), Hawaiian monk seal, native bees, orange-black damselfly, and other anchialine pool fauna. Native birds are seen near the shore and cliffs or fly over the area on their way to the sea from upland nesting colonies, including the endangered Hawaiian hawk that nests in the trees at Punaluʻu. Spinner dolphins and humpback whales can also be sighted offshore from Punaluʻu. Residents say such sightings are common. Several known nesting sites of the endangered hawksbill turtles are located along the Punaluʻu and Ninole area. Such occurrences indicate a healthy environment with adequate resources to support large marine animals.
The hawksbill turtle is a federally listed endangered species and is the rarest sea turtle in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers estimate there are fewer than 80 nesting hawksbill turtles in the Hawaiian islands, of which 67 nest on the island of Hawaiʻi. More than half of the known nesting population statewide, 40 individuals nest along the southeast boundary of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National park to Waikapuna. The threatened green turtle feeds on marine plants in shallow waters along the coastline such as Punaluʻu. Red seaweed, a favorite food of the green turtle flourishes on the coral-encrusted rocks in the shallow waters of the bay and the turtles are found basking on the black sand beach despite the presence of beachgoers. The endangered Hawaiian hoary bat, is known to fly over and reside at Punaluʻu and their habitat stretches from sea level to over 13,000 feet. It usually weighs about 5 to 8 ounces, is nocturnal and feeds on insects. One of the largest populations of the rare orange-black damselfly can be found at Ninole. It is a candidate endangered species and thrives in the aquatic habitat of the extensive spring complex that stretches from Nīnole Springs to the estuary at Honuʻapo.
The native plant communities generally appear as a narrow strand of vegetation, mostly a flattened growth of various shrubs, vines, grass-like plants, scattered trees and herbs. The varied habitats of pāhoehoe (smooth, ropy lava), and ʻaʻā flats, drifted sand, anchialine pond shores, protected beaches, and sea spray battered bluffs each support different native plant communities. In the survey, fourteen species of coastal strand plants (six trees, seven ground cover or shrub forms and the invasive aquatic water hyacinth). Native plants such as ilima (Sida fallax), naupaka kahakai (Scaevola taccada), and pōhuehue (Ipomoea pes-caprae brasiliensis) were found in the area.
So you must plan your vacations to Hawaii to visit this Black Sand Beach with your dear ones and get a chance to see the glimpse of beautiful turtles basking in the black sand. So it’s time to say “Hawaii, Here we come!!”