Richardson Ocean Park
Richardson Ocean Park information
Near the end of Kalanianaʻole Ave, this pocket of black sand is Hilo's best all-round beach. During calm surf, swimming is fine, while snorkeling is good on the warmer eastern side. (Waters are cooler on the northern side due to subsurface freshwater springs). Lava rocks create interesting nooks and crannies, and sea turtles often hang out here. High surf attracts bodyboarders. There are restrooms, showers, picnic tables and a lifeguard.