Discover a selection of 15 vacation rentals in Punalu'u Beach that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including swimming pools and WiFi. Prices start at $84 per night, and condos and studios are popular options for a stay in Punalu'u Beach. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
Destination guide

A black sand island getaway in Punaluu Beach

Dramatic black sands and nearby active volcanoes draw visitors to Punaluu Beach, a nature-filled Hawaiian destination on the southern tip of the Big Island. The area serves as a gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where hiking, biking and driving paths lead to flowing volcanos and tropical rainforests. After long, adventure-filled days exploring the surrounding preserves and forests, you'll be thankful to have a quiet reprieve at your Punaluu Beach vacation rental, whether you prefer a breezy island condo overlooking the local golf courses or a relaxing oceanfront spot, with views of gently-swaying palms and foaming waves.

Things to do

Getting up close to volcanoes near Punaluu Beach

Perhaps the top attraction on the whole island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a short drive from Punaluu Beach and holds a wealth of natural features to explore on daytrips. The park is home to 2 active volcanoes, and you can hike to see the lava flows up close or follow an 11-mile road around the summit of one to seek out steaming vents and walk through a dark, cave-like tube where lava once flowed. The park's Kilauea Visitor Center is open daily and has exhibits about the island's formation and various ecosystems, as well as stories from the indigenous people of Hawaii.


The colorful sands of Punaluu Beach

Hawaiian sands come in all sorts of shades, as you'll discover while beach-hopping the southern coast of the Big Island. Near your Punaluu Beach vacation rental, a volcanic black-sand shore welcomes seaside picnics overlooking the giant sea turtles that rest near the water here. Once you've had your fill of black sand, head to the southern tip of the island to seek out the green sand of Papakolea Beach, formed from olivine crystals. You'll have to hike to reach it, but the payoff is worth it, since the rare sand can only be found in 2 spots in the United States.


Year-round summer in Punaluu Beach

There's no bad time to visit the Big Island, as minor temperature variations year-round always call for beachwear and floppy hats. Sunny days in the lower 80s are perfect for beach hunting and hiking through picturesque national parks, while cool evenings in the 60s call for light sweaters when dining at al fresco cafes. Summer is the drier season, but also sees an influx of travelers. Secure your Punaluu Beach vacation rental early during this time to ensure that your ideal dates are available, or opt for a visit during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, when the crowds are thinner at popular sites.

Natural features

Forest adventures near Punaluu Beach

Massive expanses of protected parks and forests around Punaluu Beach provide endless options to witness wildlife in their natural habitats and uncover some of the amazing ecosystems of the Big Island. Kau Forest Reserve at the foot of the Mauna Loa volcano is a great place to start, with more than 60,000 acres protecting endangered plants and rare birds like the Akiapolaau and Hawaii Creeper. Hikes here feel adventurous and rugged, since trails are not managed. For a more family-friendly day in the woods, you might want to head further west to the Manuka Forest Reserve, where you'll find an arboretum, picnic spots and a 2-mile nature path.

How many vacation rentals are available around Punalu'u Beach?

Our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 15 vacation rentals around Punalu'u Beach. From 10 condo and apartment rentals to 3 studio vacation rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.