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Richardson Ocean Center

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Richardson Ocean Center

Where: South Hilo, island of Hawaiʻi
Activities: Swimming, snorkeling
Amenities: Parking, restrooms, picnic tables, showers, lifeguard

The shallow bay fronting Richardson Ocean Center is the most popular snorkeling site on the east side of the island. Located outside Hilo, just two miles south down Kalanianaʻole Avenue from Onekahakaha Beach, the ocean here is spring-fed, calm and current-free. With its tide pools and picnic tables, it’s a great beach for keiki (children). It also features unusual black sand flecked with green olivine crystals.

Please note: Hawaiʻi's ocean and beach conditions are as unique as the islands themselves. Visit HIOCEANSAFETY.COM which constantly monitors the surf, wind, and reports from public safety officials that directly affect the conditions for safety of Hawaiian beaches. Use the hazard signs on HIOCEANSAFETY.COM as well to quickly assess conditions and help you find the appropriate beach for your visit.

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