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“Great Snorkeling Location”

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 80 things to do in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence
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Los Angeles, California, United States
1 review
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“Great Snorkeling Location”
Reviewed February 16, 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 us as to where to swim out to get the best experience. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip!

Visited July 2013
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“Overrated”
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.

Visited January 2014
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Chiba, Japan
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“beautiful beach”
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!!

Visited January 2014
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Kapaa, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Nice Beach on Hilo Side”
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 one of those places. There are rocks and tide pools to explore, sand to stick your toes in, places to snorkel and swim, and picnic tables and benches to enjoy your meals. Unfortunately, it was rather cloudy when we went so we didn't stick around as long as we could have, but it's a nice place and there are restrooms and showers for when you're ready to go.

Visited June 2013
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Ventura, California
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“So Much Fun”
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.

Visited December 2013
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