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Richardson Beach Park

Address: 2279 Kalanianaole St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #8 of 33 Attractions in Hilo
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors

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Honolulu
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Definitely worth a stop on your visit to Hilo. Great tidepools for the kids. Hilo's shoreline isn't sandy, but that's a result of the Big Island being younger than the other Hawaiian islands. You can do some good snorkeling here, and have a better than average chance of seeing sea turtles. You may also be able to watch local fishermen... More 

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Columbus, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We came here several times on our big island stay. The snorkeling was much better than expected. Plenty of fish , coral and sea turtles. There was a lifeguard on duty and the area was clean . Not much beach area thou . They did have showers and restrooms definitely worth a visit.

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Hamburg
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

even for beginners snorkling is pretty nice here. the rocks keep the waves outside and you see a lot of differebt kind fishes near the beach (black sand). the beach is not so nice regarind relaxing. we only went for snorkling, got straight into the water and went afterwards directly home. lifeguard was on duty while we were here. during... More 

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Cambridge Springs
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We weren't sure what to expect after first arriving, but this smaller black sand beach had very good snorkeling, and we even saw some sea turtles there.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We saw a turtle! Great little beach to get out your snorkelling gear and go for a swim. Calm waters, sand beach makes it easy to get in and out with your flippers on (much better than a rocky beach) and shady areas to sit to avoid sunburn. Bathroom and shower facilities available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This little black sand beach just 15 minutes south of Hilo has parking, sun, shade, rest rooms, and great snorkeling! The smooth, black sand was soft and comfortable. The significant amount of shade provided relief from the sun and kept the beach itself at a very comfortable temperature despite the heat of the day. The protected bay allowed calm water... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

Easy to find. Easy to park. Easy to get in and out of for snorkeling. Water was calm and clear. Beach was not huge but had some sand. Easy access made it a go to for us.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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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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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