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It is 96 miles from where we are staying in Kona to the Volcanoes National Park. One of the spots that is a must see stop is Punalu’u Black Sand Beach. So, take my hand and let’s take a stroll, shall we?

The first thing one notices, aside from the amazing color, is the graininess of the beach. The sand is made up of crushed lava rock, and it comes in all shapes and sizes. At this beach you can swim with the sea turtles!

One view of the black sand beach

The palm trees that line the beach sway gently in the trade winds that come off the ocean.

Swaying palms

Look carefully and you might see a sea turtle.

Sleeping Sea Turtle

Walking a bit further down the beach we come across an area that has tide pools. In one of the inlets we are lucky to see this big guy!

Coming up for air

The sea turtle looks for a way to get up onto the lava rock.

Looking for a place to lay in the sun

Let’s head back to the car so we can continue on the see the volcanoes!

Another view of the beach

One final look back…

From the water

Next stop: The National Park!

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