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Green Sand Beach

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The Big Island of Hawaii is known for a lot of things… It is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, its southernmost point is the the southernmost point of the whole U.S., it is the biggest island in the U.S., and it is bigger than all the other Hawaiian island combined!

But aside from all these fun facts, the Big Island has something that is truly amazing – it is home to one of only two Green Sand Beaches in the whole world!

Green Sand Beach [as known as “Papakōlea Beach” or “Mahana Beach”] is located near South Point [the southernmost point in the U.S.] so definitely make a day out of visiting both!  Green Sand Beach is really interesting to experience…

Why So Green
The beach is green from a particular mineral located under the water just offshore: olivine… it’s composed of a semi-precious stone called “peridot”.

Getting There
  You’ll have to use a 4-Wheel Drive SUV because there is no road – just sand and dirt… OR, you can do as I and many others do: hike it!  …bring plenty of water!


Where’s the Other Green Sand Beach?  Apparently, the other green sand can be found in the Galapagos Islands…

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