Best Colored Sand Beaches In Hawaii

Colored Sand Beaches - Punaluu Beach

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Looking for colored sand beaches in Hawaii that aren’t white?

When people envision Hawaii (and locals, too) they think of white sand beaches, but Hawaii also has several colored sand beaches that are lovely to see and explore.

Our colored sand beaches come in a variety of colors because of our lava rock, colored crystals and the chemical reactions that take place over time. These are my favorite colored sand beaches on all of the islands.

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Big Island colored sand beaches

Punaluu Beach

Often referred to as Black Sand Beach, this is probably the most famous black sand beach in Hawaii and it is beautiful! Located on the Big Island, it’s easily accessible and a must see.

Colored Sand Beaches - Punaluu Beach
Turtles sunning themselves and getting a tan on Punaluu Beach. Photo Credit: Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau (IHVB) / Kirk Lee Aeder

Kaimu Beach

Best Colored Sand Beaches In Hawaii
Once Big Island’s most famous black sand beach, today Kaimu Beach shows the destruction and power of lava.

Originally this was the Big Island’s most famous black sand beach until lava flowed over it from 1990 to 1992. The short walk to the beach is incredibly fun as you get to see firsthand how the lava flowed into the ocean. You’ll be surprised at how dark the lava is here!

Papakolea Beach

Papakolea Is One Of Four Green Sand Beaches In The World
Papakolea Beach from a distance already with a busy crowd.

There are only 4 green sand beaches in the world and Big Island has one of them! Papakolea Beach is nice 1 – 2 hour hike along the southern shores of the Big Island and you’ll be greeted by plenty of sun, wind, and a gorgeous blue ocean.

Maui colored sand beaches

Kaihalulu Beach

Best Colored Sand Beaches In Hawaii
Kaihalulu Beach is Maui’s red sand beach.

There are only a few red sand beaches in the world and we’re lucky to have one in Maui. This beach is unique and beautiful because of its high iron content, but it is difficult and dangerous to get to – be careful.

Molokai colored sand beaches

Papohaku Beach

Best Colored Sand Beaches In Hawaii
Papohaku Beach in Molokai is Hawaii’s longest stretch of beach and turns and orange hue at sunset.

While this beach may seem like a normal color, the hue of the sand during sunset has an orange tone to it that is really cool. But the real reason I like this beach so much is because it lives up to its nickname: Three Mile Beach. Enjoy the longest stretch of secluded sand in Hawaii!

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