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Alternative-Hawaii Beach Guide to the Hilo District of the Big Island of Hawaii  

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Hilo District
(See also Lifeguard Safety Tips & Big Island Camping)

Call National Weather Service 961-5582 for Weather Forecast & 935-9883 for Marine Forecast.
As lifeguard services may vary, call the County of Hawaii at 961-8694 for current coverage.

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©Ann Cecil
From Hilo, take Kalanianaole Ave. to its end at Keaukaha Town. Go to beach.

A small pocket of black sand beach fronts the most popular snorkeling area on the Hilo side of the island. Good shore diving. Dolphins frequent the area. Site of the Richardson Ocean Center (outdoor recreation and interpretive center).

Parking, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, lifeguards.

©Ann Cecil
Off Kalanianaole Avenue in Hilo

A shallow, sandy cove of white sand separated from the open sea by a heavy boulder breakwater. The beach provides a shallow and current-free swimming area for little children.

Parking, picnic pavilions, restrooms, showers, lifeguards.

©Ann Cecil

Take Kalanianaole Avenue to Banyan Drive.

A picturesque inlet. Swimmers frequent the Ice Pond - where icy-cold spring waters constantly rise into the salt water.


©Ann Cecil
Take Hwy 19 north from Hilo to Nahala Street (mile marker 4) in the Alae subdivision and proceed to beach.

The primo surfing and boogie boarding spot on this side of the island. The surfing breaks provide some of the most consistently rideable waves. Not recommended for recreational swimming.

Restrooms, showers, picnic tables, lifeguards. Accommodation

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