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2279 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice view of Hilo harbor, it has picnic tables and lava tide pools. Not worth a long trip, but worth stopping at if you are nearby.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank David_P_Denver
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great sight to snorkel the current can be strong, life guard very knowledgeable told us where we could see great sea life. Easy to find get there early busy black sand beach

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Travel597558
Reviewed 13 February 2019

A great place to spent time. Pack a lunch and enjoy the black sand beach, sit in the sun on the grass and just relax. Beautiful trees nd lush surroundings. It is a rocky beach but okay to snorkle if you are luckly you will...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Faye G
Reviewed 7 February 2019 via mobile

It is beautiful but if you go on a day with coarse waters, it could be less than enjoyable trying to snorkel. Also, if your feet aren't used to rocks, you should probably have covers on when not wearing flippers in the water. We had...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank StarlitN
Reviewed 30 January 2019

Here is a relatively protected area from the waves, complete with life guards. You will see lots of coral and tropical fish and you may see a turtle or two they say (I didn't there, but I saw several at Carlsmith Beach Park). If you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jugglenut
Reviewed 21 January 2019

In our experience, this had the best snorkeling in the immediate Hilo area. Easy to access and enjoy a day here. Plenty of room even when there are a lot of people.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ryan K
Reviewed 15 December 2018

This area was recommended so we headed down, the bad; there was very little sand mostly rocky (lava rock) right to the water, not what I would call a swimming beach having said that the swell was quite large at the time of our visit....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PaulZac
Reviewed 6 December 2018

Locals hangout there. Like with any beach, scenes are beautiful but not much amenities just port-a-johns.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Young C
Reviewed 4 December 2018

This is a nice park, not tiny but not big either. It is right off the road just outside of Hilo. Plus it is free. There is a small black sand beach....other areas are rocky by the ocean. There were numerous people enjoying various water...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank parrottdize
Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

This is one of my favorite destinations in all of the Big Island. Richardson’s is an ocean beach park located just a few miles east of downtown Hilo. It is close to the city, so it is often overlooked by most tourists. It is not...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Lynette R
20 August 2018|
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Response from bigislandcomputers | Reviewed this property |
Not far and yes but they are about 45-60 minutes away by car. Kaimu has one you can hike to but it's no good for swimming, although it does have a bar and food and if you go Wednesday nights there is a big market and live... More
22 March 2017|
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Response from 421Chaz | Reviewed this property |
Folks bring their own without any hastle. Pick one up at the nearby Walmart. I did not notice any public barbie stuff.