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Carlsmith Beach Park

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Wonderful Friendly Sea Turtles & Tropical Fish

We happen to be staying at an Air B&B next to this park/ beach and what a treat that was. This... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great snorkeling in Hilo

This is a great spot for family snorkel, bay is calm. Wide variety of sea life. We always see... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1815 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4917
+1 808-961-8311
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We happen to be staying at an Air B&B next to this park/ beach and what a treat that was. This ended up being one of our most favorite memories of Hawaii!! Snorkeling with the friendly sea turtles and tropical fish every time we went...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Luv2ADV3NTUR3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great spot for family snorkel, bay is calm. Wide variety of sea life. We always see turtles when visiting.

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

I love to putter, walk and explore this area. An easy relaxing spot to spend a few hours. Go for a swim in the beautiful ocean. Keep your eyes open when walking in the shallow water in the rocks. You may be lucky to see...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Faye G
Reviewed 13 February 2019

I's one of the best beaches in the Hilo area. Good place for the kids too. Best when not windy, but that goes for everywhere. I've even seen turtles swimming about (do not disturb!) and occasionally whales offshore. Go early, less wind,easier to find parking.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank KRCaddis
Reviewed 7 February 2019 via mobile

Great place to snorkel and see turtles but please keep your distance and let them do their thing! We had a great time exploring here!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank StarlitN
Reviewed 31 January 2019

We came around noon to snorkel a bit. Unfortunately didn't spot any sea turtles, but the water is clear and the coastline is pretty. This seems to be one of the more popular beach locations in the area

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank mtk07
Reviewed 30 January 2019

You will see several large sea turtles that will swim right up to you on a calm day. They are over 80 years old. We were fortunate to be there when someone was there that could answer lots of questions. Great photo opportunities.

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

Great public beach with shallow pools and sea turtles. Not much snorkeling in terms of coral/fish but went there twice and saw sea turtles close to the sea wall both times! Make sure you give them space, a couple of them swim up to you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank Ryan K
Reviewed 20 January 2019 via mobile

The locals call this area “4 Miles” since it is filled with back-to-back beauty, parks, swimming spots, surfing areas, and other places to enjoy. We set our GPS for Carl Smith Beach Park; but when we got there, we didn’t see a sign with that...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank teacherkh
Reviewed 18 January 2019

Beaches on eastern and southern sides of the Big Island tend to be rough and rocky, with very few calm, sandy beaches available for families with small children. Carlsmith beach hits a sweet spot in that it's relatively calm and accessible, though you need some...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank panditsh
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Noel M
24 June 2017|
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Response from SueB44012 | Reviewed this property |
I suspect a taxi is very easy to hire for this location.