Isaac Hale Beach
Isaac Hale Beach, known by another name as Pohoiki serves many purposes. It is not only an ocean front, but also has a boat ramp and a surf area. These facilities make the beach park unique as very few such facilities are found anywhere else along the whole Southeast shore of Hawaii. The park is home to sports like swimming, surfing,diving, and snorkeling although at times, conditions like strong currents experienced here may not allow. Here, you will even find a heated swimming pool. For those who love natural features, there is a volcano close by to see.
Isaac Hale Beach Park is quite unique and intriguing. It has two sides. On one of the sides is a boat ramp, and it's the sole boat ramp the whole length of the Puna coastline. Local fishermen use this ramp to get to sea. If you are a traveller visiting this place and intending to take a boat out to sea, whether on a lava cruise, a dive or to fish, you will definitely depart from here. The place is usually packed with people especially during weekends.
In the Pohoiki bay adjacent to the boat launch, children usually flock to swim as the water is a bit more tranquil here. The local children will use this seemingly dangerous bay to swim in, and humorously so, next to a “no swimming” sign. I would however strongly advice any visitor new to this area against swimming in this bay . It could turn out catastrophic because of the many boats moving around.
Surfers are a common sight at the center of the bay. But only skilled surfers as the waves here can be unusually large and dangerous. For experienced surfers with a flare for challenging waters, it can be real sport here. For beginners, it's a no go zone as the waves can reach as high as 6 to 8 feet.
To the North of the boat launch is the Isaac Hale Beach. It consists of smooth rocks and pebbles. There isn't much activity on this part of the beach. The real action is surfing in the waters. The waves are, however, unusually large at times and only skilled surfers should attempt surfing here. There is a lifeguard on standby though, to take care of any eventuality. This makes activity here somewhat subdued as there isn't much sport.
This place unfortunately lacks in some social facilities like restrooms and enough parking space. The parking lot has also experienced cases of cars being vandalised even broken into which has greatly damaged its reputation as a tourist area. Security isn't all that bad though as the place is guarded all through. The break in cases are only erratic.
If planning to travel to the Hawaiian coast, it's advisable to note that the waters here can be dangerous. In fact, it's not recommended to enter in the water lest you get attacked by sea creature known to frequent the beaches and shorelines of this coast. Sharks, jellyfish and other creatures have been reported to inhabit these waters.
Also known as
Fishing, Swimming, Electricity, Picnic Area, Drinking Water, Outdoor Shower, Restrooms, Pavilion(s), Wheelchair Accessible
7 days a week 9:30a-4:45p
Camping Permit Required
Pahoa , HI 96778