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Richardson Beach Park

2279 Kalanianaole St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #8 of 39 Attractions in Hilo
Type: Beaches
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Toronto, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This was our favourite beach in Hilo. Our family all like to snorkel and this was easy snorkelling. We just walked into the water, and even before we started snorkelling we saw 2 sea turtles right by the shore. The snorkelling is not as spectacular as some other countries (ie. off the coast of Tanzania) but it was so accessible... More

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Carmichael, California
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13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We spent several hours at Richarson Beach State Park, swimming snorkeling, and watching the surfers work with different types of boards. Nice place! A recommendation - stop by Hilo Homemade Ice Cream and get their box lunch on your way out there. Lesson learned -- don't walk barefoot across the sunny portions of the black sand. Ouch.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It was nice. Sea turtles are common. I snorkeled a lot in Kona, but I have never seen a Devil Scorpionfish and a flying gurnard there. I did at Richardson Beach Park. Devil Scorpionfish's sting could be dangerous, and they are so hard to see, so be aware of where you stand. The water could be murky.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We had been snorkeling and I cut my foot. So I wasn't going out. My husband goes in and starts pointing. Out pops a turtle head. Amazing. I go in and see this huge turtle. Reading the signs to stay a safe distance, I try to keep my distance when the turtle starts coming straight for me. My husband wishes... More

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Snorkeling was pretty good, not a lot of large waves. Unfortunately there were fireants on the seawall...Ouch!

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This site has the best snorkeling in the Hilo area. We visited a few beaches, but the rocky nature of this black-sand cove housed far more diverse combination of sea life. We swam with sea turtles here and saw angel fish the size of dinner plates. My husband found a bunch of puffer fish as well. There was not a... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

swim or snorkel at this black sand beach with picture perfect tidepools. You're bound to see sea turtles and lots of colorful fish in a protected bay with a rock seawall keeping the surface calm for easty snorkeling, good facilities, easy access.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Much of the Hilo shoreline has rocky wave platforms exposed to the ocean swell but a naturak rock 'breakwater' creates a great shallow bay with easy access here. The floor becomes rocky reef with algae that is grazed by abundant largish colorful tropical fish and many turtles. All these animals completely unconcerned by your presence and swimming about in just... More

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28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This beach park is really nice. I have seen dozens of sea turtles both swimming and resting on the rocks. The water is so clean you can even see them from outside the water - no snorkeling gear needed! The water is clear, warm and although there are lots of rocks, you can swim and snorkel for hours without problems.... More

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Penryn, California
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10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This beach was named for a man who went above & beyond to help a local family. Its also a black sand beach with steps leading into the water. But there isn't much beach, you enter the water fairly quickly. Great spot with a shower.

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