The World's Strangest Beaches

Papakolea Beach, Hawaii
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Supersize dunes, hot mineral pools, purple sand: These beaches are as strange as they are beautiful.

Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

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It takes effort to reach Papakolea. The beach is located near Ka Lae, the southernmost point in Hawaii—and the entire United States. To reach it, visitors endure a hot and rugged hike for nearly three miles along sea cliffs. The reward: ending up on a green-sand beach. The grains are almost pure olivine, a green mineral, and come from Puu Mahana, a volcanic cone that sits above the beach.

 

Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

The World's Strangest Beaches

Papakolea Beach, Hawaii

It takes effort to reach Papakolea. The beach is located near Ka Lae, the southernmost point in Hawaii—and the entire United States. To reach it, visitors endure a hot and rugged hike for nearly three miles along sea cliffs. The reward: ending up on a green-sand beach. The grains are almost pure olivine, a green mineral, and come from Puu Mahana, a volcanic cone that sits above the beach.

 

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