Leleiwi Beach Park is at the eastern end of Hilo, adjacent to Richardson’s Ocean Center. An abundance of marine life makes this a popular spot for both fishing and snorkeling. Leleiwi has a rocky shoreline and tall palm trees surround shallow ocean pools fed by fresh water springs. It’s an ideal spot for families; picnic tables and pavilions are provided.
If you are a SCUBA diver, you will enjoy a shore dive at Leleiwi. The coral reef here at Leleiwi is vast and relatively undisturbed. The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles frequent the reef and it is normal to see dozens of turtles on one single dive. Be careful, when the sea conditions are rough or the winds are high, the entry and exit can be treacherous due to the waves breaking right on top of the sharp lava rocks at the shore.
Leleiwi Beach Park and Richardson’s Beach are located adjacent to each other. We suggest you try to snorkel both locations in the same day. Start the morning at Leleiwi, bring a picnic lunch and drinks. After snorkeling at Leleiwi, enjoy a relaxing lunch in the pavilion and then head down to Richardson’s for the afternoon.
Directions: Drive to the end of Kalanianaole Ave, Keaukaha, Hilo. View map of Leleiwi Beach Park.