Leleiwi Beach Park
Your Snorkeling Adventure
If you’re looking for an aquatic adventure, you’ll want directions to Leleiwi Beach Park. On the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, right next to Richardson Ocean Center in Hilo, and just 5 miles from downtown, is the tranquil Leleiwi Beach Park. Fed by fresh water, these ocean pools and coves are teeming with tropical fish and Hawaiian green sea turtles. This makes Leleiwi Beach Park perfect for your Big Island snorkeling adventure.
We especially recommend this stop because there is ample parking at Leleiwi Beach Park, as well as amenities for picnicking or simply sitting back and taking in the amazing view of the ocean. The grounds are lush with local foliage which makes Leleiwi Beach Park perfect for photographers.
Fresh Springs and Tide Pools
Both Leleiwi Beach Park and the next-door Richardson Ocean Center are must-stops on the Hilo side of the island. The water is naturally spring-fed, making it calm and refreshingly cool. The tide pools are nearly current-free and full of abundant marine life, making this the perfect day trip for swimmers and families with kids wanting to steer clear of the rip tides and ocean waves. If you have your own SCUBA gear or rent some in Hilo, Leleiwi Beach Park is also an excellent place to dive, although we recommend working with a diver proficient in the area who can help you navigate the entry point and currents.
You’ll find plenty of parking at Leleiwi Beach Park, as well as picnic tables and facilities. Surfers often ride the waves just beyond the break, setting the perfect Hawaiian scene for a picnic lunch. While you’re sunbathing, pay attention to the sand. Look for green olivine crystals mixed with the black sand. Olivine is often called, “Hawaiian Diamond”, and the unique green sand is part of the Big Island’s fascinating geologic history.
Take the Drive
When you book your vacation to the Big Island of Hawaiʻi, you have more than 4,000 square miles of land to explore. GoVibe makes renting the perfect car for your adventure easy and stress-free. Our locally operated company sends a driver to pick you up at the airport—meaning you never have to wait in line or deal with the headache of a typical car rental counter experience. Just let us know when you arrive via our app, and within minutes you’ll be on your way to Leleiwi Beach Park or another Big Island destination.
Start planning your trip now by downloading the GoVibe app. Book online now and pay later. Plus, with free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to arrival, there’s no need to worry if your itinerary changes. We are always ready to answer your questions, so feel free to contact us anytime. We’ll see you here soon!