There are a few places in the world that black sand beaches exist. Most of them happen to be in Hawaii, but they also exist in Iceland, Costa Rica, and Alaska. Now, while I'm sure I’m missing a few places, the black sand beaches we have visited were in Maui (multiple times), and in Iceland. Honokalani Beach in Maui is located in the Wainapanapa State Park about 3 miles from the town of Hana. We have been lucky enough to swim in this location multiple times. The water is warm, blue and beautiful, and the scenery is unreal. I can guarantee that every time we come back to Maui, which hopefully will be plenty especially since we got engaged there, we will relax on this gorgeous little corner of the earth as much as we can! The beach is easily accessible while driving the legendary road to Hana along the Maui coast, it has ample free parking, a beautiful sea cave, magical black "sand" which is made up of small black pebbles, and tons of mongoose's (mongeese?) running around everywhere. The mongoose themselves are an interesting story, which is actually very funny. Mongooses were first introduced into Hawaii when sugarcane became a popular crop in the 1800's. Generally, where ever sugar cane is, rats will be there too, chompin’ down on the spoils. Well, someone got the bright idea to bring mongooses to every island except Kaua’i and Lana’i to fight the growing rat problem. What they didn’t realize was that rats are night hunters while mongoose on the other hand, hunt during the day. This little conflict of schedule caused the 2 species to never really meet up! Because of this, there is now an over abundance of troublesome little mongoose on the islands! While they seem cute, they are actually pretty despised by the Hawaiians and can tend to be quite nasty. Don’t try to pet them! Anyway, back to the black sand beaches!
The black sand beach of Vík í Mýrdal is truly beautiful. It is consistently voted as one of the most amazing beaches in the world. Vik is the southernmost village in Iceland, and is easily accessible right from ring road. We were lucky enough to visit Vik while driving to glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlón. One of our favorite things about this beach is the legend that surrounds it. Off shore are a few large basalt rock formations, which Icelandic folklore states were actually trolls that were caught in the sunlight while trying to drag their boats back to shore. While Iceland isn’t particularly known for its tropical weather, and the breakers around Vík í Mýrdal are extremely rough, this beach is certainly a once in a lifetime experience!