Hilo beaches are some of the most picturesque on the eastern coast of Hawaii. Black-sand and a few white-sand beaches pepper the coastline of Hilo Bay and provide idyllic vacation retreats for visitors of the islands. Hilo Hawaii is the most populous town on the Big Island, and as such, you will find that there are plenty of guest accommodations, including hotels, resorts, and vacation rentals within close proximity of the beach. There are also a good number of restaurants, bars, and places to enjoy local entertainment and authentic island song and dance.
Leleiwi Beach Park
Leleiwi Beach Park is situated toward the easternmost part of Hilo, beyond Kuhio and Puhi Bays. It is a black-sand beach that features a series of tiny coves. The water here is shallow and clear and excellent for swimming and snorkeling on pleasant days. There is a water wall nearby that keeps the currents calm. The facilities within the beach park include restrooms and pavilions for picnics. There are not often lifeguards on duty at this more remote beach park that rarely sees much in the way of crowds.
Onekahakaha Beach Park
As you move to the west and into Puhi Bay, you will find the Onekahakaha Beach Park. This is a half-mile stretch of beach that is fairly rocky, but has a nice swath of sand for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. There are no public facilities here except for pavilions for picnics. This is in fact a favorite place for residents and locals alike to enjoy an afternoon picnic. There are plenty of shady trees and the sweeping vistas of the bay and ocean are in line with what you see in most of the rest of the Hawaiian island, sheer majesty.
Keaukaha Beach Park
Keaukaha Beach Park is also located in Puhi Bay in Hilo. It is a stunningly beautiful beach, as the range in depths of the water produces a variety of shades of blue that, when contrasted against the black sand of the beach, are remarkable. There is a protected cove area that is excellent for swimming and snorkeling as well as facilities for picnicking. There are restrooms, lifeguards, and rentals available as well. This is one of the most beautiful and geographically diverse beach parks along the Hilo coast. If you can find a rental in this area you may want to consider staying within close proximity of this enviable beach park.
Reeds Bay Beach Park
Reeds Bay Beach Park is the next major beach park to the west of Onekahakaha. It is situated right in the middle of Kuhio Bay and enjoys fabulous views of the water and the surrounding foliage. It is fed by a freshwater spring often referred to as the Ice Pond. This is actually something a large pond that blends fresh water and salt water, but there is not a significant amount of actual sandy beach here. There are some good restaurants and bars in the area. There are no lifeguards on duty and no public facilities.
The three bays of Hilo, Puhio, and Kuhi provide some of the most breathtaking views from the eastern coast of the Big Island (Hawaii). They are remote enough so as to not make you feel as though you are being stuffed onto the beach, while they also are within close enough proximity to all the services and amenities you are likely to need.