When you think about going on vacation or to a getaway trip, you probably pick somewhere warm with inviting weather, people, and beaches. Once you pick that perfect beach you want to visit, you can’t picture anything else but a warm breeze and a clear blue sky that engulfs a beautiful brown sandy beach, with minimal rocks of course.
Try picturing a beach with blue water, a crystal clear sky, and black sand. Sounds a little crazy huh? In any case, these beaches do exist. So, the next time you’re planning a vacation or looking for a new place to go to for a few days, try heading to a black sand beach.
If you can’t pick just one or you aren’t sure of any, here is a list of the most beautiful black sand beaches of the world. The one that I picked are mostly from US. So if you know any other please share with us in comments.
Vik Beach, Iceland
Vik Beach is located in a small village located in the southern part of Iceland. Though you may think Iceland isn’t the prettiest place on Earth to go to enjoy a beach. Though this beach isn’t the best one to lie out and soak up some sun, it is definitely a marvel to see.
Black Sand Beach, Prince William Sound, Alaska
This beach is located just 60 miles from Anchorage. At this beach, you will see tidewater glaciers, waterfalls, green hillsides, and wildlife you won’t find at the zoo.
Pololu Valley Beach, Hawaii
At Pololu Valley Beach you will find that you have access to an excellent view of the Kohala Mountains as well as the coastline. This beach is probably one of the smallest in Hawaii.
Kehena Beach, Hawaii
At Kehena, you aren’t alone. Here you will find dolphins, which is why this beach is sometime called Dolphin Beach. You can even swim with these dolphins if the current isn’t too bad. Most people that go to Kehena just sit in the sand and enjoy the weather and water.
Kaimu Beach, Hawaii
Kaimu Beach, though somewhat dangerous, is another great black sand beach that is a must see. During the 1990s, the beach was covered in about 20′ of lava.
Black Sand Beach, California
On the Coast of California you will also be greeted by a beach named Black Sand Beach. This beach brings about an extremely dramatic scene, with beautiful water, sand, and peaks all around it.
Oneuli Beach, Maui
At Oneuli Beach the water is perfect and the land so great that you can even camp at this beach. If you’re a natural-type of person, you would love hiking on the Lower Trail as well as the Maluaka.
Honokalani Black Sand Beach, Maui
Honokalani Black Sand Beach is located in the Wainapanapa State Park. The beach offers lava pebbles that are smooth and small. Around the beach you will find lava cliffs. You will also find sea caves, a sea arch, as well as seaside lava tubes.
Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, Maui
Waianapanapa Beach is a great black sand beach that was formed by waves crashing against volcanic rock over decades and decades. At this beach you can find some of the most beautiful sites you’ll ever see.
Punaluu Beach, Hawaii
Punaluu Beach is located on the Big Island of Hawaii. The beach is surrounded by black sand that was created by lava from volcanos flowing into the ocean and then cooling. Taking black sand from here is strictly not allowed. 😉