Richardson Beach Park

Hilo, Big Island, HI
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beginner
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40ft (unconfirmed)

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Richardson Beach Park

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.

Richardson Beach Park Tide Chart and Surf Report (Beta)

Thursday
10:41 AM / 0.619ft
Thursday
7:42 PM / 2.141ft
Friday
4:15 AM / 0.830ft
Friday
8:06 AM / 0.957ft
Friday
12:51 PM / 0.723ft

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Kona Shore Divers - Our goal is to give you the opportunity to share and explore the underwater world in and around the near shore waters of Kailua-Kona. We focus on small group sizes and strive to offer the best personalized service we can to our guests. From the first timer to the old timer come with us and see what the Kona Shore has to offer! Book Now
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Zentacle
Zentacle
Sep 21, 2021, 1:06 AM
scuba
This is an alternate entry for more advanced divers. There are stairs through the wall in the background. This is the rugged coast line you'll explore. The entry is back to the right. This protected cove is perfect for snorkeling, swimming, and of course diving!
Mark landers
Mark landers
Jan 21, 2010, 12:00 AM
scuba
Great dive for strong swimmers.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Brian Xavier
Brian Xavier
Apr 7, 2009, 12:00 AM
scuba
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.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Anonymous
Anonymous
Oct 9, 2006, 12:00 AM
scuba
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.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Ed Kenney
Ed Kenney
Aug 22, 2005, 12:00 AM
scuba
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.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Anonymous
Anonymous
Nov 29, 2004, 12:00 AM
snorkel
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
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Sarah
Sarah
Oct 22, 2003, 12:00 AM
snorkel
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.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Anonymous
Anonymous
Apr 4, 2003, 12:00 AM
scuba
Best beach on the East side of the Big Island.
Originally posted on shorediving.com