Richardson Beach Park

Richardson Ocean Center, Hilo Hawaii

Richardson Ocean Center, Hilo Hawaii


  Richardson Beach Park

Richardson Beach, Hilo Hawaii

Richardson Beach Park, Hilo


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.


Calm waters

Leleiwi Beach is adjacent

Beautiful view

Sunset at Richardson’s Beach

View from Leleiwi Beach

Kids Swimming at Richardson’s


Richardson Black Sand Beach, Mauna Kea Volcano in Background


Richardson’s Beach offers a pleasant family experience. Black sand touches the water underneath a blanket of shade provided by the surrounding trees. Wander through the tidal pools nearby and snorkel in the protected waters. 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. This beach is stroller accessible.

Nearby Beaches: Leleiwi Beach Park, Onekahakaha Beach Park.

Directions: Drive to the end of Kalanianaole Ave, Keaukaha, Hilo. View map of Richardson Beach.

Tide Pools at Richardson Beach, Mauna Kea in Background



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