Leleiwi Beach Park (Wai’uli)

big island/hilo

2246 Kalanianaole St
Hilo, 96720

Snorkeling, Swimming

Hours of Operation:

    7 AM–7:30 PM
Snorkeling, Swimming

Leleiwi Beach Park (Wai’uli)

One Of The Big Island's Finest Beaches

Nestled just 5 miles from the heart of downtown Hilo, you'll discover the enchanting Leleiwi Beach Park, also affectionately known as Wai’uli. This beach park stands as a cherished destination for visitors and locals alike, renowned for its captivating natural features. It offers a breathtaking tapestry of natural lava rock pools, serene tide-pool coves, and pristine freshwater springs. With pavilion picnic areas that provide idyllic views of the vast Pacific Ocean, Leleiwi Beach Park is a haven for those seeking relaxation and adventure.

Leleiwi Beach Park is particularly esteemed for its snorkeling and surfing opportunities. The protective lava rock wall that encircles the area acts as a barrier, mitigating the impact of strong ocean currents. This creates a safe and convenient entry and exit point for water activities. The underwater world here teems with tropical fish and diverse marine life, including the graceful Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. These attributes make Leleiwi Beach Park an exceptional destination for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, often hailed as one of the finest shore dives in Hilo. Exploring the deep-water sea mounts, lava caves, and coral canyons here can be exhilarating, although the challenging entry and occasional tricky currents mean that it's advisable to enlist a local dive expert for guidance.

While Leleiwi Beach Park may not offer the conventional sandy beach experience due to its rocky shoreline, there is a small section of black sand. Beyond the sheltered point, experienced surfers and bodyboarders revel in "Richardsons," a surf break that comes to life during periods of high surf. The park's amenities have been thoughtfully enhanced as part of a Lion's Club initiative from 1970. Visitors can enjoy covered pavilions for picnicking, BBQ pits, showers, paved walkways, and ample parking. It's advisable to bring water shoes, refreshments, and drinking water to ensure a comfortable day at the beach. After basking in the wonders of Leleiwi Beach Park, consider exploring the area's rich history with a visit to The Pacific Tsunami Museum or The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. To conclude your day, savor a delectable meal at one of Hilo's outstanding restaurants.

Leleiwi Beach Park (Wai’uli)One Of The Big Island's Finest BeachesNestled just 5 miles from the he ....

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