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Address: 2279 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI
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A Must See on Your Visit to Big Island

This park has a lot. There is the black sand beach to enjoy. Then, if you snorkel or just have goggles then you will be able to see a beautiful array of fish so close to the... read more

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This park has a lot. There is the black sand beach to enjoy. Then, if you snorkel or just have goggles then you will be able to see a beautiful array of fish so close to the shore, and they don't run away. Finally, if you walk down to the rocks you will almost see the turtles up close swimming... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Snorkeling was only so so. The water was too stirred up by waves for good visibility; perhaps it would be better another time. Also, there's lots of rocks, so it's not a boogie boarding kind of beach either. The black sand on the beach was nice with trees providing shade, and the tidal pools were okay but nothing special.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent a whole day here taking in the scenery and reading my book. It might have been the wind, but it brought a tear to my eye. Nice Park not to far outside the city. Public washrooms, free parking and picnic tables. Beach was good but harder to get into the water because of lava rocks. Fish were plentiful.... More 

1 Thank Scott M
Gold Coast, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tranquil seaside parkland just a short drive from Hilo, with turtles feeding immediately offshore. Good swimming beaches and plenty of shade trees to relax under. Very relaxing.

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Atlantic Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful beach and park. Black sand beach. Saw sea turtles just off the sea wall. Bathrooms. A few surfers. Family oriented. Bring your bathing suit! Also a closeup view of Hawaiian fish ponds.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dreu on Wasabi tours, took us to this beach. Watching the children cover themselves with the black sand was entertaining. I was surprised how soft the sand was, considering its from broken done lava. Very peaceful beach. Dreu gave us a good amount of time to explore, absorb the view and take pictures.

1 Thank TxPetals72
Girdwood, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We snorkeled all afternoon enjoying a huge assortment of fish and 2 turtles! There are many public use gazebos, BBQ pits, bathrooms, picnic tables and fresh water showers. Great spot for families and groups!

1 Thank nicolekg
Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The turtles were very cool to see, you can snorkle here as well, the grounds are well maintained and the ponds are pretty too.

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Belmont, California
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Reviewed April 18, 2017

We checked out Richardson Beach Park because we had read that this was 1) an easily accessible black sand beach (250+ stair steps not required) and because it was a swimming/snorkeling venue. There is a 15' arc of sandy beach which would be good for little kids, but it's rocky around that, and swim shoes would be handy for entry... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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195 reviews
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Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

Richardson Beach Park is a nice black sand beach to go swimming or snorkeling. Nice thing is that there are plenty of trees for shade. Parking is limited so you have to come early or wait patiently for a spot.

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