Overview of Richardson Beach Park

Richardson Beach Park

Richardson Beach Park
The Big Island
Hawaiian Islands


Site Review by
 Ed Kenney
Date: 08/22/2005


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Ed Kenney Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    1.00
City:   Rainier Reef:    2.00
State:   Washington Animal:    3.00
Country:   USA Plant:    2.00
Diving:   10 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   400 Solitude   1.00
    Roads:    4.00


*Average:    2.62
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.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    2.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    1.00
Advanced:    2.00
Night diving:    1.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2005
Visibility:    2.00
Current:    2.00
Surf:    3.00

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