Big Island Sights

Waiolena and Wailua Beach Parks and Richardson Ocean Center

  • 2349 Kalaniana‘ole Ave. Map It
  • Hilo
  • Beach–Sight

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

Just east of Hilo, almost at the end of the road, three adjacent parks make up one beautiful spot with a series of bays, protected inlets, lagoons, and pretty parks. This is one of the best snorkeling sites on this side of the island, as rocky outcrops provide shelter for schools of reef fish, sea turtles, and dolphins. Resist the urge to get too close to turtles or disturb them; they are protected from harassment by federal and state law. Local kids use the small black-sand pocket beach for body boarding. The shaded grassy areas are great for picnics. Be warned, this place is very crowded on weekends. Amenities: lifeguards (weekends, holidays, and summer only); parking (no fee); showers; toilets. Best for: snorkeling; walking.

Sight Information


2349 Kalaniana‘ole Ave., 4 miles east of Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii, 96720, USA

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Published 01/10/2017


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