Hawaii: Green sand beach

Distance: 5.6 miles

Trail type: out and back

Elevation change: 334’

Traffic: moderate

Difficulty: Easy

(Map from AllTrails.com)

The big island of Hawaii is home to papakolea beach one of only 4 green sand beaches in the entire world and Hawaii houses the only one in the United states. With pristine water and beautiful sand you will be in relaxation heaven when you reach this secluded destination.

But what makes the green sand green? Olivine rich lava that escaped from the volcanic cone many years ago creating crystal like appearance. This is undoubtedly the most remarkable beach I’ve seen since I’ve been on the island.



Tricky part is, this beach requires a little bit of effort to reach. There are locals that will shuttle you down to the beach, but it is 20$ per person. Our friends did this and said it was a bit of a rough ride.

Another option is driving yourself, keep in mind you MUST have a four wheel drive vehicle as this will be impossible in anything less.

We saw many ATV and dirtbikes along these paths so this would be a fun option.

Keep in mind to Hawaiians the land is sacred. Don’t take anything you that you didn’t bring, in addition don’t leave anything behind that wasn’t there when you arrived.

There are also a lot of vehicles that pick up tired hikers on the way back, be cautious with this, as always, but there are plently of people who willing to help a hiker out along the way.

If you dont have the luxury of a 4×4 you are able to hike this path, this is what we did and it was beautiful and free!

Wear shoes with good support as this terrain can be rough on your feet. There isn’t much elevation change on the trail, but without good soles, your feet might be hurting.

There is no shade, or trees and the sun is very powerful along these parts, so be sure to wear a hat, sunscreen, water and maybe your lunch for a picnic when you get there. Don’t forget your beach towels!

*Disclaimer this website is here to simply express nature’s beauty. Dreambigtravelwide and it’s affiliates are not responsible for any injuries, or fatalities that may occur when performing outdoor activities, or anything covered in blog posts. These activities can be dangerous. Please be responsible and know your limits, if you choose to participate, you are doing so at your own risk.

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