During My World Travels I get lucky enough to enjoy the sight of black sand beaches…

One type of black sand is a heavy, glossy, partly magnetic mixture of usually fine sands, found as part of a placer deposit. Another type of black sand, found on beaches near a volcano, consists of tiny fragments of basalt. – wiki

There’s me thinking that there was only grey/blonde sand, then I discovered black sand in Iceland and I was fascinated! Black sand? How rare and beautiful! Here are my top 10 black sand beaches around the world

10. Punalu’u Beach – Big Island, Hawaii, U.S.A

Relax under the palm trees and maybe catch a green sea turtle soaking up the sun.

Black Sand beach at Road to Hana

9. Miho no Matsubara – Shizuoka, Japan

4 mile stretch of rocky black sand with Mt. Fuji towering above it.

8. Muriwai Beach– Muriwai Beach, New Zealand

Just 35km from downtown Auckland, you can explore this 40 mile stretch of rugged beach on horseback or do something a bit more adventurous like hang gliding or kiteboarding.

7. Papenoo Beach – Papenoo, Tahiti

Famous for its white sand beaches, Papenoo’s black sand beach is often overlooked and has a locally favored river mouth surf break.

6. Black Sand Beach – Maui, Hawaii, U.S.A

It’s black pebble beach may not be the best for relaxing you can find many freshwater caves, ancient temples, and lava formations.

5. Cahuita Beach – Cahuita, Costa Rica

Mostly rough waters featuring big waves for surfers, you can find a few areas of calm water for swimming at Costa Rica’s most famous stretch of black sand.


4. El Bollullo Beach – Tenerife, Canary IslandsLocated in a secluded bay, El Bullollo beach is home to soft, black sand beach surrounded by dramatic cliffs dropping into the ocean.

3. Vik Beach, Vik, Iceland

One of Iceland’s many natural gems.

2. Black Sand Beach – Prince William Sound, Alaska, U.S.A 

A favorite among the sea kayaking community for it’s beautiful scenery and favorable geography that protects against the strong Alaskan winds.

1. Stokksnes Beach  – Stokksnes, Iceland

Strikingly  beautiful and dramatic views of the Icelandic coast.

Warm and Cold
The sun is beginning to get low on the sky and one can see the clouds getting formed from nowhere against the hillside. It becomes an awesome effect where the newly formed clouds forming a wall that completely being illuminated by the golden light, while everything behind it retains its cold blue tones. The picture was taken on a tripod barely a foot above the ground. It is a composite image (panorama) consisting of three vertical images to get the full width of the mountain and the plants in the foreground. To get sharpness all the way from the black lava sand in the foreground to the mountain in the background, I have used “focusstacking”.