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9 Attractions to Explore Near Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

Papakōlea Green Sand Beach
Papakōlea Green Sand BeachNaalehu, HI 96772, USA

This is a beautiful green sand beach that was located on the Island of Hawaii. It is one of only four green sand beaches in the world. The green sand is created by a common mineral in Big Island lava called olivine, which stays deposited on this beach because it is heavier than the other components of the lava. We can swim and can do any other water activities here.

Nearby Attractions

Punaluʻu Beach
Punaluʻu Beach26.73 KMs away from Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

This is a beach on the big island of Hawaii. The beach has black sand made of basalt and created by lava flowing into the ocean which explodes as it reaches the ocean and cools. Punaluʻu is frequented by endangered hawksbill and green turtles, which can often be seen basking on the black sand. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Hawaii.

Mauna Loa
Mauna Loa59.87 KMs away from Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

The largest volcano on the earth. It is one of the five volcanoes that form the island of Hawaii. This is the largest subaerial volcano in both mass and volume.

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park65.58 KMs away from Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

This is an American national park which was located on the island of Hawaii. It comprises two active volcanoes Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive shield volcano. For visitors, the park offers dramatic volcanic landscapes, as well as glimpses of rare flora and fauna and so more.

Mauna Ulu
Mauna Ulu66.96 KMs away from Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

This is a volcanic cone that was situated at the eastern rift zone of the Kīlauea volcano. It falls within the bounds of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Mauna Ulu was in a state of the eruption from May 1969 to July 1974.

Kealakekua Bay
Kealakekua Bay67.04 KMs away from Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

Kealakekua Bay is an important historic location because it marks the site where the first westerner, Captain James Cook, landed on Hawaii island. Now this place is a famous tourist attraction and it is a perfect destination for scuba diving and kayaking and snorkeling.

Mokuaikaua Church
Mokuaikaua Church86.29 KMs away from Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

Located on the big island of Hawaii. This was Hawaii's first Christian church. Founded by missionaries who came from Boston.

Hulihe‘e Palace
Hulihe‘e Palace86.29 KMs away from Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

This was an old vacation home of the Hawaiian royalty which was built out of lava rock. It was now converted into a museum by the Daughters of Hawaii Showcasing the old furniture, ornaments, and artifacts.

Lava Tree State Monument
Lava Tree State Monument99.06 KMs away from Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

This is a public park in the island of Hawaii which preserves lava molds of the tree trunks that were formed when a lava flow swept through a forested area in 1790.

Panaewa Rainforest Zoo
Panaewa Rainforest Zoo99.90 KMs away from Papakōlea Green Sand Beach

This is a small zoo which was located inside a rainforest that has an area of 12 acres and it has more than 80 species of animals on display, and the grounds feature more than 40 different species of plants, flowers, and trees.