One of the more scenic and easily accessible beaches in the Puna area, Punalu'u has a large turtle population. Unfortunately, they were pretty camera shy the day LocalTourist visited.
A plaque which tells about the turtles this beach is famous for.
When you first drive into the parking lot, you see this bank of smooth Pahoehoe lava.
Then you look to the left and there it is, a stretch of volcanic black sand, combined with lots of people searcing for the Turtles.
The inky black sand angainst the mossy green sea grass on the rocks.
The inky black sand against the lime green of a thong.
A ghost ship stranded on a sand bar to the south of Punalu'u Beach.