If you are asked to visualize a beach, you would visualize a common brown sandy beach, unless of course, you have been to the beaches of Hawaii or elsewhere where you can see numerous unusually colored beaches. Red, black, green, red, yellow beaches and you are not being kidded to! Hawaii is home to a number of these brilliant, beautiful, unusually colored beaches which will simply blow your mind away! The islands of Hawaii are formed out of volcanic eruptions and display amazing geological variety. It is a very popular holiday spot and is tourist friendly. Read about a few strange and beautiful beaches of Hawaii below.
1. Kaihalulu Beach
Red Sand Beach in Hana a.k.a Kaihalulu Beach is one of the prettiest beaches of Hawaii. This small, crescent shaped beach which is quite hard to get to is located at the foot of Ka’uiki Hill, which is a cindercone hill situated to the south of Hana Bay. The red sand is attributed to the iron deposits there. Your efforts to get there will be re payed by cool and calm water which is excellent for swimming and snorkeling. The beach is also protected from rough sea waters as it is shielded by an offshore reef. Kaihalulu is a beautiful blend of blues, greens and reds and is not one that should be missed! To get there, first go to the Hana Community Center on Ua Kea Road. You would see a few cabins of Hotel Hana Maui, after which you will have to walk on private property. It should be noted that you cannot take your vehicles further than this point. There is a path along a cemetery at the south end of the community center. This narrow path will take you across the shoreline and behind the cider cone hill.
2. Mahana Beach
The Mahana beach is a beautiful green sand beach in the Kaʻū district of the island of Hawaiʻi near South Point. Olivine, a magnesium iron silicate is responsible for the queer green color of the sand in Mahana beach. The sand at this beach is thus derived as crystals from basaltic lava which has high olivine content in it. These crystals are further eroded and they become smaller with time and form sand like particles which cover this beach. Olivine is also listed as one of the most common minerals on earth and is also found in outer space. Green sand beaches are rare.
3. Waikiki Beach
Yellow beaches are quite common and Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on O’ahu is a beautiful, popular yellow beach. The yellow color is caused by iron impurities in the quartz crystals i.e sand. It is perhaps one of the most famous beaches in Hawaii and could be crowded but is perfect for swimming, canoeing, snorkeling etc there are expansive recreational and picnicking facilities near the beach.
4. Punaluu Beach
Black beaches are not unusual or uncommon in Hawaii because the island itself has a history of volcanic formation and black sands are derived from volcanic rock and obsidian, which is also called as volcanic glass. Evidently, the volcanically active area of Hawaii holds all of its black beaches. The Punaluu beach is situated in between Pāhala and Nāʻālehu in the big island of Hawaii. You have a good chance of running across a couple of Hawksbill and Green turtles which are endangered species on this beach. It should be kept in mind that the swimming area in this beach is very rocky and thereby dangerous.
5. Honokalani Black Sand Beach
The Honokalani Black Sand Beach is one among the many beaches of Wainapanapa State Park of Hawaii. It is one of the most picturesque beaches of Hawaii. The waters hold dangers of poisonous jelly fish during certain months but the scenic beauty of the beach will be overwhelming. Black sand, lush vegetation, a clear sky and turquoise waters, all make the Honokalani black sand beach worth checking out.
6. Kailua Beach
A tropical holiday just wouldn’t be complete without a sandy white beaches and they are often considered to be a part of a perfect tropical life. White beaches are found on the northern end of Hawaii’s Big island.The Kailua beach is perfect for swimming, wind surfing, sun bathing and other recreational activities. You can also take world class wind surfing lessons here! Various services and ammenities are provided to tourists and picnickers including life guards. By the way, watch for any posted signs and be sure to obey them while having a good time.