Richardson Ocean Park

Richardson Ocean Park
Richardson Ocean Park - situated alongside the Leleiwi Beach Park and next to Hilo. Richardson Ocean Park features dark, volcanic sands and clear water, which is highly suitable for both swimming and also snorkelling. The facilities here are good and include both showers and toilets. Children with no doubt enjoy exploring the numerous rock pools
Richardson Beach Park (also known as Richardson Ocean Center) is very picturesque, and boasts some of the best snorkeling on the Hilo side of the island.  Richardson's superb snorkeling is due largely in part to its vast diversity of marine wildlife, including honu (green sea turtles).  Richardson Beach Park is the closest black sand beach to the town of Hilo.  Richardson's offers picnic areas, bathrooms, showers, and a lifeguard stand.  The beach and swimming area are protected by a natural lava rock breakwater.

The waters are calm in this protected cove, making it a great spot for snorkeling, and it is not uncommon to see green sea turtles feeding near the shore. There are also an abundance of lava rock tidal pools to explore.  The beach and waters are safe for small children to swim and explore.