Fodor's Expert Review Reeds Bay Beach Park
Safe swimming, proximity to downtown Hilo, and the Ice Pond, a freshwater-fed swimming hole that flows into the backwaters of Hilo Bay, are the enticements of this cove. No, there really isn't ice in the swimming hole; it just feels that way on a hot, sultry day. The large pond, between SCP Hilo Hotel (formerly Hilo Seaside Hotel) and the Ponds Hilo Restaurant, is a favorite of local kids, who enjoy jumping into and frolicking in the fresh- and saltwater mix. The water is usually calm. Amenities: parking (no fee); showers. Best for: swimming.