One of the largest visible stretches of ocean anywhere on the island is Hilo Bay. Its immense, flat, deep blue profile make it a distinct landmark of east Hawaii. Downtown Hilo has a generous view of the bay which is often overcast, although when it is sunny it is one of the most spectacular vantages the region has to offer. Hilo Bay was the location of two of the most destructive tsunami to have hit Hawaii; in 1946 and 1960, tsunami generated from the Aleutians and Chile respectively caused millions of dollars in damage and hundreds of deaths in Hilo and surrounding areas.
Hilo Bay is the site of some of the earliest Hawaiian settlements on the island, which would later expand to become the largest modern settlement to date. Hilo Bay’s ease of access and shelter from choppy waters made it a very popular harbor, and although a port of call still exists here, Hilo Bay’s importance as a boating destination has been significantly diminished. A nearly two-mile-long breakwater wall constructed out of boulders protects the bay from swells and keeps the bay calm and serene on every day except the most windy.
While most of the bay is black sand and rock, several other smaller beaches can be found around the coastline. Hilo Bay is popular with fishermen who park right on the water from
Kamehameha Highway which runs along its entire length. Canoe paddlers, boaters, divers, and swimmers also make great use of the deep waters that surround Hilo. Whatever your reason for being on the east side of Hawaii, you will most assuredly come across Hilo, which will mean you will also get to see the remarkable Hilo Bay.
Also known as
Hilo bayfront, bayfront
Fishing, Swimming, Picnic Area, Outdoor Shower, Restrooms, Pavilion(s)
No lifeguard on duty
No Camping Allowed
Hilo , HI 96721