Green Sand Beach (properly known as Papakolea Beach) is one of only two green sand beaches in the United States. This stunningly distinctive characteristic is the cause of olivine crystals created from volcanic activity. This is one of the most impressive places on the Big Island, due in large part to the exceptionally rare coloring of the sand. The beach itself is located about three miles to the east of South Point. You can only access the beach through a rugged foot path or on an all-terrain vehicle. You should be aware of the fact that it is not exactly the easiest place to get if you have people in your group who may have difficulty with strenuous hikes and walks.
There are many activities to enjoy on this beach, including kayaking and snorkeling, but there are no places to rent gear or equipment within immediate proximity of it. For this reason it is advisable that you bring along with you everything you may need, especially if you plan to spend the entire day on the beach. This means that you should bring water, plenty of sun block, and food to Poipu Beach on Big Island. There are limited public facilities and no lifeguards on duty. This is a beach that you will be visiting if you are interested in getting pictures and experiencing the natural beauty of Hawaii’s Big Island. It does not offer the most in the way of amenities or facilities, but the rare natural attractiveness of the place makes it a destination well worth visiting.