Overview of Richardson Beach Park

Richardson Beach Park

The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


For a protected diving experience, try Richardson. This park is perfect for non-divers and kids. While you are exporing the underwater sights, you're companions can sun and stroll in some amazing beauty.

Directions: Beginning at the intersection of Kanoelehua Ave and Kalanianaole Ave at South Hilo Bay, heat East toward Leleiwi Point on Kalanianaole Ave. Travel 3.6 miles to the entrance below.


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01/21/2010 Mark landers (Avg: 1.25 Review) - Great dive for strong swimmers.

04/07/2009 Brian Xavier (Avg: 3.55 Review) - Free dove Richardson Beach Park and had a great time. Reef is far out which makes scuba tough. The east side of the Big Island gets rough, so be ready for it. Good fish life but locals say watch the current past the reef.

10/09/2006 Anonymous (Avg: 2.43 Review) - Due to its popularity with many of the people here on the Big Island, the bottom conditions and the reef, while still good compared to other states with a more "urban" condition, are incredibly poor when compared to many of the more remote locations on the island where fewer people go. You need to head out for quite a while before the bottom conditions become better, due to the lower human traffic further out.

08/22/2005 Ed Kenney (Avg: 2.62 Review) - The high numerical rating of this site leads one astray. Even the local Hilo dive shop, Nautilus, does not recommend it. Sure, the entrance is cool but you're going to bang up your equipment soon after that on the shallow rocks, except at high tide. Even then it's two football fields or more to get to diving depths and not much to see until the steep slope at about 50 feet deep. Save this for the beginning snorkelers. Let them have the cold freshwater lens with murky viz while you go out to dive Puhi or Leleiwi close by. Then come back with your wet gear to use the nice showers.

11/29/2004 Anonymous (Avg: 4.52 Review) - Incredible fish diversity (the most species I have seen in one area on this island), frequented by honu/green sea turtles. There are nice corals in the deeper far end of the cove. Great place for snorkelers of all experience, no need to scuba. Rocks protect most of the cove, so even when the ocean is rough, you can still swim there just fine, but visibility drops. Haven't checked it out at night yet. Has a nice black sand beach to lounge on, but it can get crowded with lots of children. Bathrooms are okay, has outdoor showers. Please don't step on the corals! :0

10/22/2003 Sarah (Avg: 4.71 Review) - I snorkel here at least once a week and have dived it twice. Outstanding corals, sea turtles, fish. I've seen all the usual lovely reef fish plus huge manta and spotted eagle rays, many large green turtles, a devil scorpion fish. Crowds and parking can be tough on weekends; go early. Black-sand beach entry is as easy as it gets.

04/04/2003 Anonymous (Avg: 4.75 Review) - Best beach on the East side of the Big Island.


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Entrance at Richardson Beach Park 

You can't miss the park on your left.




Overview at Richardson Beach Park 

This is the rugged coast line you'll explore. The entry is back to the right.


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Entry at Richardson Beach Park 

This protected cove is perfect for snorkeling, swimming, and of course diving!


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Entry at Richardson Beach Park 

This is an alternate entry for more advanced divers. There are stairs through the wall in the background.

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Richardson Beach Park  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.57
Bottom Conditions:  3.29
Reef Conditions:  3.00
Animal Life:  3.43
Plant Life:  3.14
Facilities:  3.71
Solitude 2.43
Roads:  3.86
*Site Average:  3.41

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.57
Beginner Scuba:  3.14
Intermediate Scuba:  2.57
Advanced Scuba:  2.57
Night diving Scuba:  2.71

Number of reviews for this site: 7


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