|Reviews and Comments:
|We found a new bike rental at south point. We rented
electric mountain bikes. We took our time discovering
the beautiful coast. It was faster than the illegal 4
|Tom Danu, Thu Apr 19, 2018
|It was a very windy and dusty walk in. Still windy at
the beach which meant you were blasted with green sand!
No calm water with that wind! But a beautiful site
|Anne, Mon Dec 17, 2012
|Beautiful and definitely worth the drive and cost. We
were determined to go despite our knee and ankle
problems, but we were able to hitch a ride with Billy.
He and his cousin offer rides for $40; they were in the
second "parking lot," and whomever takes you
out waits there with you amid shows you the easy way
down. FYI: The sun can wash out the greenness of the
sand in photos.
|Wendy, Fri Nov 30, 2012
|Definitely worth the hike but yes, important to have
good walking shoes, water and sunscreen. Bring your
bathing suits, too, so you can enjoy the water once you
get there. My 6 year old daughter did the hike and it
was not a huge deal. She was tired but a real trooper!
|Renee R, Wed Nov 14, 2012
|Me and my wife just completed the hike yesterday. Some
things of note, which are one way or another mentioned
in the comments below but complied here:
- Bring at least 1 bottle of water for each person
- If you choose to hike to the Green Sands Beach,
you definitely don't want to have anything else planned
later on the same day as you'll feel pretty dirty after
being pelted with fine sand and salt water. It is
always windy there
- Bring shoes that you don't mind getting
ruined--don't bring your brand new white and lavender
New Balance shoes...the sand you're walking on is a
very fine mustard colour and will cover your shoes.
This hike is almost impossible to do in sandals due to
loose rocks and rough terrain.
- Bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat. There is
- The closer you are to the water the more
treacherous the path, but you will get possibly the
most amazing pictures of your trip. The higher paths
are "less" treacherous but still have some obstacles.
All paths will eventually get you there.
- The distance from the parking lot to the Green
Sand Beach is 4.79km
- There is a steep descent to the beach. If you're
afraid of heights or physically not capable of making
the descent, you will not be able to make it to the
- The beach is not as green as the pictures shown
above. It is closer to a mossy green then a bright
|Adrian, Mon Feb 13, 2012
|I had a Jeep Wrangler rental car. I know I wasn't
suppose to, but I drove to the green sand beach. The
wife was a bit freaked out, but that Jeep is a billy
goat of an automobile. I will admit, if I was to do it
again, I might just pay the local guy that was hanging
out at the "boat launch" at the beginning of the trail
to give me a lift. My 6yo and 8yo children would not
have been able to make the trip.
|Ken, Wed Nov 30, 2011
|It's not really that hard a walk to the beach; long &
dusty, but if you have the right shoes, water, &
sunglasses, you're fine. Or, ask Joe Maghee in the red
pick up to drive you out there. It's worth the trip! He
only works for "tips" (or you can go with his
bra Paul - also a good guy.) Only sad thing about this
entire area is the amount of trash on the shoreline on
the hike to the beach. It's a shame people don't take
more pride in it. This hike out (I was there a week
ago) was my 2nd and it's amazing how different the
locals are now - it used to be incredibly dangerous to
go to this part of the island as they didn't like
tourists, esp. mainlanders, but now that they see the
$$ in it, they're quite welcoming. The hike out,
the beach itself & the rocks surrounding it are amazing
& worth the trip!
|Patricia, Mon Oct 24, 2011
|I was there this week and it's exactly as
described. A good hike to get there -stay left of the
big cinder cone you see about 2 miles in. The beach is
immediately before the cone. It has a ladder and is an
easy climb down.
I hitched a ride back with a
young local ~30 yo for $20 for 4. His uncle gave me
directions on the way in and also returned for more
hikers. Nice guys! Worth the hike!
|Paul Volek, Sat Sep 24, 2011
|Unless you are an AVID hiker, don't dare this on
your own. Take the ride by one of the locals. We used
"Ben", wonderful guide, full of info. Worth
the $60 (for two)we gave him!
|Phil White, Sun Sep 04, 2011
|According to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands you
no longer need a permit to drive to the beach.
|Joe, Wed Jul 06, 2011
|Unless you are in excellent physical shape and an avid
hiker, to attempt the trip to this beach would be a
mistake. The hike is very rugged and you should be 100
percent prepared for wind, no fresh water, excellent
hiking shoes, etc. I cannot emphasized this enough.
Also, this beach is small and in a very wild and
beautiful area - good luck finding it unless you get
very lucky. BUT, should you find a parking lot (little
lanes run all over the place and you are lost before
you know it) and a local with a 4WD, have a lot of
faith, get in this car and let the nice man take you to
the cliff, assist you in climbing down the cliff (for a
small donation for his/her time), you've reached the
Moon. What a fantastic place. I have spent months all
over the main islands and seen the most amazing things,
but nothing like this. My suggestion is go early, find
the parking lot, find a local (easy to spot) trust in
the Aloha Spirit, which is very real, and when the
local brings you back to your car, give him/her one big
fat donation. There were 3 of us and all chipped in to
give the guy $100. He knew the history of the land,
was full of all kinds of cultural information, etc. It
was the best money I ever spent in my life. In one of
our conversations he told me I had the aina (land) in
my heart, and he was so right. I don't want to get him
into trouble, so I offer a hint. Look for a man in his
30s wearing rubber flip flops and driving a GMC 4WD
made in the 1980s.
|ML, Wed May 25, 2011
|One of the most beautiful, unique and spiritual sites
I've ever seen -- absolutely worth the hike, which
is NOT difficult for a remotely-fit person. Bring lots
of water and the sun-block -- nothing compares to it!
|LanaSVM, Thu Mar 17, 2011