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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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Orange, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

The black sand was worth seeing. Walk to the right when you get to the water and see the tide pools at the end of the sand area. Take a hike up the lava rock area and see the ocean from the other side. Be careful with the footing on those rocks.

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Bend, Oregon
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The tour book said there are always sea turtles at this beach, but we didn't see any despite looking everywhere except underwater. I was able to get a beautiful sunset photo at this beach, however. Beware that this beach is very rocky; wear water shoes!

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Oahu's Windward Coast, Hawaii
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you want a safe place to swim and snorkel, you have found it at Richardsons. One of the few beaches with full time lifeguard service, you will have a memorable time here. The beach is small, but the swimming area is expansive, with beautiful views of Mauna Loa in the background. In the winter, you will swim while the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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46 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We did a hop on/hop off city bus tour while in Hilo and this was one of the stops. I had always heard of the black sand beach and I'm glad I got the chance to see it. You really can't describe it. It's definitely one of the smaller beaches we visited, but it was not crowded at all. One... More

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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a nice beach to go to & just relax. Two different areas to go into the water, but when it's busy boy is it busy. And last night a group of "pirates" were there taking over. Best to go during the day

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Toronto, Canada
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is not a beach .. just a beautiful park with lots of places to get into the water. We showed up here without our swimwear, so we stayed on the shore and it was our last day in Hilo, did not have a chance to come back. But I saw a few people swimming & seemingly having a lot... More

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New York City, New York
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This park is very unique. It is not so much a beach as there is no sand but is actually a green park right next to a rainforest. You can swim from salt water to fresh water pools and the water is crystal clear and has various islands and great snorkeling. We saw some incredible fish and quite a few... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We are staying in Kona but did a day trip to Hilo. We always take our snorkelling gear and decided to check out Richardsons. The facilities are very good. Easy access to the water and a multi purpose beach. We had a very nice snorkel - saw a couple of turtles and lots of marine life. Nice way to cool... More

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Rhode Island
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Great snorkeling! Honus! clean facilities! convenient parking! unfortunately Hilo is rainmakers dream so visibilty isn't the best but there are tons of gorgeous fish and turtles. As with most places in Hawaii go in the morning the visibility is better.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Although a bit rocky, well what do you expect being on one big lava rock? My feet are tender, so get some aqua shoes, but it was worth it. Walk out to a far rock and just decompress.

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