Richardson Beach, also known famously as Richardson’s Ocean Park, or simply as Richardson’s, is one of the busiest beach areas in east Hawaii. Most of the coastline showcases impeccable black sand and lava rock jutting into azure blue ocean. Richardson’s is one of several beaches that dot this coast, and is popular for its calm conditions, tidepools, shady treelines, and inviting atmosphere.
Richardson Beach is by far the most beach-like in terms of sand and suitable swimming areas – much of this park is shielded from stronger currents by natural barricades of lava rock. While it is possible to go out farther – and many do – tumultuous surf make it dangerous for inexperienced swimmers. However, there is plenty to see from the beach. You will often spot large schools of fish, sea turtles, and sometimes even whales. This spot is popular with both locals and tourists who make good use of its waters and public gathering areas.
Although it should be obvious, tourists and locals alike note that the lava rock is very sharp and often results in cuts and scrapes. The shallow, tranquil waters make it a perfect zone for children and beginner snorkelers, but the surf can still get dangerously rough on stormy days. Lifeguards are typically posted throughout the week, still, guests are asked to employ caution given the uneven terrain and strong outside current; but if you can survive those minor details, you will be treated to one of the nicest oases that Hilo has to offer.
Richardsons when hitting turns out to be one of the better surf spots on the East side. So pack up your boards, bring a lunch and make a day out of it.
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Fishing, Snorkeling, Swimming, Picnic Area, Drinking Water, Outdoor Shower, Restrooms, Portable Restroom
7 Days a Week 9:30am - 4:45pm
2349 Kalanianaole Ave
Hilo , HI 96720