Carlsmith Beach Park

Phone (808) 961-8311
4.5 stars from 5 reviews
Address 1815 Kalanianaole Ave, Hilo, HI 96720
Protected lagoon, great for snorkeling and swimming.

• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Grassy Area
• Facilities: Lifeguard • Facilities: Picnic Tables
• Facilities: Showers • Type: Kid Friendly
• Type: Protected From Open Ocean • Type: Shady
• Sand Type: White • Parking: Good / Plenty
• Good For: Fishing • Good For: Snorkeling
• Good For: Swimming • Good For: Turtle Sightings

Matt Anderson's Take
Carlsmith Beach Park is located right next to James Kealoha Beach Park / 4 Mile Beach in Hilo on the east side of Hawaii's Big Island. It's a large and well protected white sand lagoon. You won't find a sandy beach area here though.

Because it's well protected from the open ocean, it's a great area to swim and snorkel. It's also a great place for a picnic or to do some fishing. It has full facilities that include a lifeguard, showers, restrooms, and picnic areas.

It's quite popular with locals so expect it to get crowded on the weekends. In addition to the locals, it's also common to see turtles around here.

You'll find one parking lot right along the side of the road. If that one is full you can use the other unmarked parking lot just east of the Mauna Loa Shores condo complex. Just make sure you do not parking in the Mauna Loa Shores parking lot.
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Lisa F
Joined: Jan 2017
Reviews: 48
Likes Received: 13
Very pretty. Good for snorkeling at all levels. Great scenery. Easy to park and plenty of parking. Close to resorts and has bathrooms and facilities easily available. Mainly a lot of locals which makes it even more fun and helps you to immerse into the area more.
Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 803
Likes Received: 111
Really neat place. Lots of fun to snorkel around here and explore all of the areas and since it's protected from the open ocean it's often calm and clear here.
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
Another great place to snorkel on Kalanianaole Ave Drive in Hilo. The lava flows have created a wonderful protected reef for swimmers and snorkelers to enjoy. It's so calm, you'd think you're in a swimming pool at a fancy resort. Perfect for families with little kids who swim. This isn't a beach to sunbath since there isn't really any sand. It's more for water activities as I mentioned. Although the beach park is made up primarily of a reef, the ocean bottom is sandy.

Carlsmith Beach Park is made up of several lagoons, with fresh water bubbles popping up from the springs, which are prevalent throughout Southeast Hilo. These springs can make the water a bit cooler in parts, which is refreshing during the summer months.

Lifeguards are on duty during the weekend and holidays from 9:30am to 4:45pm. The grassy area is perfect to kick back and enjoy the scenery. Definitely one of the nicer beach parks in Hilo. Look for sea turtles and spinner dolphins.
nancy M
Joined: May 2015
Reviews: 1
Likes Received: 0
Definitely my favorite beach in Hilo. Unlike Richardson, you are not ankle-deep in sticky black sand on your way to the water. Most days the waves are very gentle because of the natural breakwater. When I was there in March, the temperature of the water was great. Nice sandy bottom. The protected swimming area has some places that are shallow, much of it about chest deep, and quite a bit that is deeper.The turtles are curious, swimming near enough to check you out, but not touching. You are not supposed to touch them, either!
rachel m
Joined: Aug 2014
Reviews: 229
Likes Received: 19
There is no sandy beach here. This is a great little park with showers, bathrooms, and a covered pavilion. There is also an ice pond along the way as you walk to the water access. This whole area has some great swimming spots. It is not too deep, depending on the tide and the spot you are in the water. The designated area for entering the water is all rock but has a ladder built in to make for easy access. It is just a really neat area, not your normal beach but still fun. There is not a lot of parking here, so if the small lot is full you have to park and walk.
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