Attractions

Top Choice Beach in Hilo

Onekahakaha Beach Park

Perfect for kids, this spacious beach has a broad, shallow, sandy-bottomed pool, protected by a boulder breakwater. The water is only 1ft to 2ft deep in spots, creating a safe 'baby beach.' An unprotected cove north…
Top Choice Beach in Hilo

Richardson's Ocean Park

Near the end of Kalanianaʻole Ave, this little pocket of black sand is a favorite all-round beach. When calm, the protected waters are popular for swimming and snorkeling, with frequent sightings of sea turtles (kee…
Top Choice Beach in Hilo

Carlsmith Beach Park

Although this beach may look rocky, the swimming area is protected by a reef, making it family-friendly. The anchialine ponds, which flow to the ocean, are ideal for kids. Snorkeling is decent during calm water cond…
Beach in Hilo

Honoliʻi Beach Park

Less than 2 miles north of downtown Hilo, this rocky cove is Hilo's best surfing and bodyboarding spot. When the surf's up, it's jammed with locals and not appropriate for novices. Spectators can watch from grassy l…
Beach in Hilo

James Kealoha Beach Park

Due to its rocky shoreline, this beach is geared for older kids and snorkelers. Its nickname refers to the distance between the park and the downtown post office. For swimming and snorkeling, head to the eastern sid…
Beach in Hilo

Waiʻolena & Waiʻuli Beach Parks

Rocky and rugged, these side-by-side beaches (commonly known by their former name, Leleiwi Beach) aren't calm or sandy, but they're Hilo's best shore-dive site. You might see turtles, interesting coral growth and a …
Beach in Hilo

Reeds Bay Beach Park

At the eastern end of Banyan Dr, this calm little cove is ideal for kids and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) beginners. Don't expect a major sandy beach, but an in-town spot with views of the horizon and boats, plus an o…