Hawaiian Sands: Black Sand Beach, Salt and Pepper Beach…

I had only heard about black sand beaches, now I got to see one. Quite a visual treat it was. I’d say that the black sand is another must-see...

Punaluu Black sand beach, Big Island, HII had only heard about black sand beaches, now I got to see one. Quite a visual treat it was. I’d say that the black sand is another must-see on Big Island (apart from the volcanoes and lava tube). In my previous post on our Big Island Volcano tour, I promised to be back with some pictures of black sand and then some. Without further ado, here they are:

This is from Punaluu Beach on the southern coast of Big Island, HI.


Punaluu Black sand beach
The sand here is black, due to the volcanic activity on the island.
Black Sand Beach - Punaluu, Big Island, Hawaii
The sand was fine where the tides came in; farther away it was coarse, like tiny little stones.

On day 4 of our Hawaiian holiday, we visited Anaeho’malu Bay on the west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. The beach here is also famous for its sand, this one for being black and white.

Anaeho'malu salt and pepper beach, Big Island, HI
From Anaeho’malu Bay – Big Island’s salt-and-pepper beach.


Anaeho'malu Beach - salt and pepper sand, Hawaii


Salt and pepper sand, Hawaii
The coarser black-and-white sand, away from the water.


White sand beach, Big Island, Hawaii

And below are pictures of some beautiful white sand, these from the private lagoon at Hilton Waikoloa Village. I was told by a local that the white sand owes its being to the corals you find close to the west coast. The fish supposedly feed on the coral and break it into tiny white particles that are then washed ashore.

White sand beach, Big Island. Hawaii.

Hawaii’s colourful sands do not end here. Big Island also has some green sand towards its south-west coast. We didn’t get to go there, but I would have loved to see it. If there is a next time, I will bring back pictures, that’s for sure.

Maui — they say — has red-sand beaches as the sand here is rich in iron. I’ve seen the pictures but I won’t be satisfied until I get to scoop some of it and feel it in my palms. I look forward to making it to Maui and all the other islands that make up Hawaii.

Previous post: Volcano tour on Big Island

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7 Comments on this post.
  • Rachna
    14 November 2011 at 1:43 pm
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  • dNambiar
    4 December 2011 at 10:34 pm
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    Thank you, Rachna.

  • Sugato Tripathy
    19 August 2012 at 5:52 am
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    nice blacky beach,….quite unique…

    • dNambiar
      20 August 2012 at 3:42 am
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      Yeah, that was different. Hawaii is home to green sand and red sand too. ;). The black and white beach was interesting too.

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