Papakolea Green Sand Beach For ATV Riding

The 10th most popular all terrain vehicle trail in Hawaii.

Southeast of Kona on the Big Island, the route to Papakolea Beach (aka Green Sand Beach) is popular with ATV riders and OHV drivers. Papakolea Beach is located at South Point and is accessed by the rough South Point Road (aka Ka Lae Road). This beach is also known as Mahana Beach and incorrectly as Puu Mahana.

South Point Road can be accessed off Highway 11 in the Kau District. Follow South Point Road to Ka Lae (South Point). From Ka Lae, it is anoth 2.5 miles to Papakolea Green Sand Beach. Most of the locals stay parked up top, but it is possible to drive all the way to the beach. Just keep in mind that if you do get stuck, it is a very, very expensive towing bill to get removed.

Note: As of April 2009, there were signs indicating that part or all of South Point Road was being paved.

Overall, Papakolea Green Sand Beach is the 10th most popular ATV riding trail of all 10 ATV trails in Hawaii.

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  Hawaii Trail & Access System (808) 974-4217; Big Island Weather (808) 961-5582.

Recommended Book:  "Ultimate Big Island Guidebook" from Andrew Doughty

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Luxury Loding:  Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel; Mauna Lani Resort; Hilton Waikoloa Village; Four Seasons Hualalai Resort

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Date Updated:  7/14/2016

ID:  21816

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