Dramatic is probably the best way to describe the beach and basalt columns. I have never been to the tropical beach, so I had nothing to compare with. The beach looked cold, dar , almost surreal, something you see in movies about space travel. The basalt column are perfectly shaped hexagons and come up right to the water. The black sand seems so have a different feel and texture than the regular sand. I was told that on the nice day in the summer, this beach is full of tourists, but outside of the peak season , you can almost an have this space to yourself.