Beaches of Hilo!

Frequently, I find myself describing the distinct characteristics of beaches on the windward side of the Big Island, especially in the Hilo area, which differs significantly from those on the leeward side. I live on the windward side of the Big Island and love the beaches of Hilo where you will find me snorkeling and kayaking whenever I have time! Here’s an overview of notable Hilo beaches:

blue water at hilo big island beach

Richardson Beach Park

  • Renowned for its black sand, created by finely crushed lava rock, providing a visually striking shoreline.
  • Features a protected lagoon suitable for swimming and snorkeling.
  • Natural tide pools offer a glimpse into marine life, making it fascinating for marine biology enthusiasts.
  • Picnic facilities with tables and grassy spaces make it an ideal spot for family or friends.
  • Sea turtles often inhabit the area, offering visitors the chance to observe these magnificent creatures.

big island beach with black rocks

Carlsmith Beach Park (Four Miles Beach)

  • Boasts tide pools with a natural spring that attracts sea turtles.
  • A great location for swimming, snorkeling, and picnicking.
  • A calm lagoon, created by a natural breakwater, provides a protected area for marine life, enhancing the snorkeling experience.

tide pools at beach in hilo hawaii island

Leleiwi Beach Park

  • Features a rocky shoreline with black sand and abundant tide pools.
  • A picnic area with pavilions is perfect for gatherings.
  • Fishermen are often seen fishing off the shoreline.

white sand big island beach

Reeds Bay Beach Park

  • A small beach park along Hilo Bay with lovely views.
  • A nice sandy beach, particularly suitable for kids.
  • Excellent launching area for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
  • Picnic area and playground for children.

coconut island islet beach in big island hawaii

Coconut Island (Mokuola)

  • While not a traditional beach, it’s a small islet in Hilo Bay with a park and coastal views.
  • Features picnic areas and a small sandy beach.
  • Holds historical significance as a pu’uhonua (place of refuge) for Hawaiians, known for healing and rejuvenation.

Despite not having expansive sandy shores, Hilo beaches offer everything one needs to enjoy Hawaii’s tropical waters. Activities such as snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, observing turtles, picnicking, and sightseeing can all be experienced at the various beaches in Hilo.

About the Author

Lisa Heaviside

Lisa Heaviside is a REALTOR Salesperson with Hawai'i Life. I have over 20years of experience as a licensed Realtor in the state of Hawaii since 2003. When you choose me to help you Sell or Buy your Big Island Property, you can be confident you are dealing with a knowledgeable and experienced professional who consistently delivers an exemplary level of service. Throughout my career, I have refined my skills as a savvy negotiator and strive to deliver maximum value for my clients. I seek to create lasting relationships with each client I meet with and advise. Consequently, I have turned many satisfied clients into great friends. Please keep me in mind if you should ever decide to sell your Big Island property or looking to purchase. I offer excellent communication skills with a commitment to personal excellence and client satisfaction. You can email me at or via phone at (808) 987-3791.

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