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2279 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Best beach for chilling and snorkelling. Went to a few like this on the Kona side, and this place was so much better. So many varieties of fish, beautiful coral reefs, plus deep enough that you arent worrying about standing on them, but shallow enough...More

1  Thank DapperMrTom
Reviewed 3 days ago

I was impressed! I didn't expect it to be this nice. As you enter the water near the lifeguard swim out and over to the right towards those big rocks sticking out--you will run into some crystal clear water and nice coral. I also saw...More

1  Thank Kathy D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We wanted to see what green sand looked like without making the 5 mile round trip hike to the green sand beach. I had read that the sand at Richardson Beach Park had both green and black sand mixed. So it seemed like a good...More

1  Thank Paulette A
Reviewed 1 week ago

The swimming area of Richardson Beach Park includes a couple of small black sand areas as well as several tide pools often frequented by the local honu (sea turtles). Even with the mostly sandy areas I recommend water shoes, as there are hidden rocks and...More

1  Thank abattenhouse
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice park is truely one of a kind. It could be cloudly and over cased all around Hilo, but the sun is shining at Richardson's has a small black sand beach, but lot of grass and trees if you want shade

1  Thank mrghost11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were told there are "always sea turtles" hanging out at this beach and sure enough, we saw 4 enormous honu there. There isn't a lot of sandy beach here but if you have water shoes, there are lots of little tidal pools and lagoons....More

1  Thank heamuse
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like this beach alot. It has a rock wall around it to keep the large waves out. good for families with small kids also. last time we went had a turtle swimming next to my husband. nice beach and very nice.

Thank Dana H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a pretty little beach park, minutes from the hustle and bustle of Hilo, and all it's traffic , stores and shopping. A peaceful play to slow down and chill... or grab your board and hit the waves.

Thank Muadib84
Reviewed September 2, 2018

We went to Richardson State Park expecting a so-so local beach, and it blew us away. We love snorkeling but hadn’t expected much in terms of reef health; but toward the right side from the lifeguard station, not immediately but a bit further in, we...More

1  Thank TravelLoverLaura
Reviewed August 28, 2018

We stopped here to have a quick picnic and take pictures on our way back from Hilo to Puako. Clean tables and some parking. There are tidal pools for kids to play and a lifeguard post.

Thank Jarrad M
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Lynette R
August 19, 2018|
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Response from bigislandcomputers | Reviewed this property |
Not far and yes but they are about 45-60 minutes away by car. Kaimu has one you can hike to but it's no good for swimming, although it does have a bar and food and if you go Wednesday nights there is a big market and live... More
March 21, 2017|
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Response from 421Chaz | Reviewed this property |
Folks bring their own without any hastle. Pick one up at the nearby Walmart. I did not notice any public barbie stuff.