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“Best around Hilo”

Richardson Beach Park
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$155.21*
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Hilo Hot Steam Volcano Tour: Waterfalls - Big Island Candies - Black Sand
Ranked #7 of 82 things to do in Hilo
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Skokie, Illinois, United States
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Best around Hilo”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

There is not many places to go snorkeling around Hilo but Richardson Beach has some great areas to see tropical fish. It is not as good as the Kona side beaches but it is well protected and you can see a nice variety. Plus it is fun to be on the water and not so crowded that you feel confined. There are giant turtles around this area which you can see, but don't follow them for long! They will turn and snap at you. They don't like tailgaters. Just watch them from a distance. You have to go when the water is clear. After the rain, the water turns mucky and sight visibility is poor.

Visited April 2013
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Canby, California
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“great place to see sea turtles”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

It is a beautiful park. It would be a great picnic spot, besides the great snorkeling and turtles that you can see from the shore.

Visited February 2013
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Forked River NJ
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138 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Perfect place to see wildlife- good snorkeling”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

We were very happy a local told us to go to Richardson. Tricky to find since there are several beaches along Kalanianaole Ave. Almost at the end of the road. Parking is tight since this place is popular with the locals. A little rocky in spots but you will find sea turtles here. Trees, shade and restrooms nearby. Bring food and water. Wear beach shoes.

Visited August 2012
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Connecticut
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226 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“local hangout”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

We stopped by Richardson's Beach Park late one afternoon in March. There were surfers, paddleboarders and people picnicing. They have bathrooms. The beach is rocky with a small area of sand. There is a grassy area where people were setting up a tent to grill and eat under. It was a local and friendly crowd.

Visited March 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Cloudy day but saw green sea turtles”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Very small black sand beach area. Lifeguard on duty. Lots of tide pools and rocks/lava to climb around on. We saw some green sea turtles feeding.

Visited March 2013
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