Richardson Ocean Park
This beach is great for its protected cove and sandy bottom. Often called Keiki beach because its the perfect place to let kids play, yet it is still a great place for adults to enjoy.
Hilo, while not known for big beaches, does offer a lot of spots for good snorkeling and relaxation. This is one of those places, It is best enjoyed on week days when it may be less crowded,
Less than a mile from Carlsmith is the majestic Richardson Beach Park, a black sand gem with stunning views of Hilo Bay, lots of space to lounge in the sun or picnic under the trees, and some of the best snorkeling on the east side of the Big Island. Like Carlsmith, this water is also fed by cool…
Richardson’s Ocean Beach Park is the black sand beach closest to Hilo. It is the best choice for snorkeling on the East side of the Big Island. Richardson’s is also a great place to bring kids with its tide pools, calm water and picnic area.
“For surfing on east side. Know your etiquette or local surfers may not appreciate!”
“Rainbow Falls is a waterfall located in Hilo, Hawaii. It is 80 ft tall and almost 100 ft in diameter. The falls are part of the Hawai'i State Parks. There is no fee to see the falls. At Rainbow Falls, the Wailuku River rushes into a large pool below.”
“Try the burritos from the lady on the corner. The sauces she adds upon request are divine! We always order her tamales and lilikoi juice too!”
“Carlsmith Beach park is a great place for seeing Sea Turtles. The water can be a bit cold though sometimes as there is a mixture for cold fresh water mixing with the warmer salt water due to underwater springs. ”