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Richardson Beach Park

2279 Kalanianaole St., Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #6 of 37 attractions in Hilo
Type: Beaches
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Arlington, Virginia, Usa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

My husband and I were staying on the Kona side of the Big Island for our honeymoon. Instead of taking our rental car and spending 2-3 days exploring the volcanoes and the Hilo side of the island, we preferred having a guide show us around all of the "hot-spots". Based on reviews, we went with Marylou's Big Island Guided Tours... More

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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is one of the stops on the 'Hoppa On, Hoppa Off' Tour. Its a beautiful black Sand Beach. with beautiful views of the ocean and crashing waves. They have lifeguards on duty here and there were some people snorkeling. We didn't have much time left and really did not know much about this beach park until we got here.... More

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San Jose, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This beach was a must stop on my list of things to do in hilo. Most travel companies wont take you on this beach but it according to me is must and recommended. The snorkeling just off black san beach is quite nice and lots of small colorful fishes in the water. - The park has a shower facility so... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

My Husband and I were staying just down the road and decided to come have a quick snorkel around the park. There was a beautiful coral garden and a multitude of tropical fish. There were also turtles swimming around. We consulted the life guards who appeared to be running some sort of training class with local kids and they guided... More

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Long Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Not much of a beach, really. I suppose that's why it's called a "Beach Park". A lot of rough lava rock and some patches of sand. Fortunately they have now installed some benches so you can sit and watch the snorkelers and surfers. Cruise ship passengers tend to come here, but I don't think it's worth the time.

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Chiba, Japan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We had a great time snorkeling at Richardson Beach. we decided to take a snorkel tour at Nautilus Dive Center in Hilo.Our tour guide, Bill, was very knowledgeable about marine animals and safety. We enjoyed very much!!

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Hastings, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

If you're staying in Hilo you just aren't going to find what you might think is a typical Hawaiian beach. With so much volcanic activity, the beaches on the East side are going to be black sand and lava rock but that doesn't mean you can't find a place to spend the day and enjoy the ocean. Richardson Park is... More

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This is a great beach area with lots to do. The sea turtles are fun to watch. Their is nice snorkeling, body surfing, and hiking.

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La Condamine, Monaco
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The parking is limited and there is a short walk to the water but if you expect to see a sandy beach, you'll be disappointed.

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Margate, Florida
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

With a short selection of beaches to chose from in Hilo, we were glad we chose this one. Most of all the Hilo side beaches are in the same general area. This has snorkeling, swimming, boogie boarding, surfing, and saw some kids cliff diving.

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