Located on the eastern edge of Pohoiki Bay on the Big Island’s east shore, Isaac Hale Beach Park (see more photos) is a small two-acre (8,094 sq. m) park and is often times quite crowded. It is popular among picnickers, shoreline fishermen, surfers, campers and boaters. However, the swimming conditions are poor here due to strong currents and waves.
There is a boat ramp which fishermen use to launch their boats (this is the only boat launch area in the entire Puna district). Local children can also be seen here using the boat ramp as a jumping point into the water. The Pohoiki Warm Springs, a small hot pond, is another attraction in this beach park and is surrounded by lush vegetation. To get there, walk for about two minutes (about 150 yards / 140 m) along the shoreline trail that begins to the right of the boat ramp. The pool is volcanically-heated and is located in a lava sink.
Water activities that are possible at Isaac Hale, besides fishing, include surfing and bodyboarding. The waves are best in the center of the bay, but a rip current is often times present here. Swimmers usually stick to the area around the boat ramp (and disregard the no swimming sign that stands here). The beach itself is composed of black sand and pebbles, but most surfers and swimmers use the boat ramp as en entry/exit point to the ocean.
Isaac Hale Beach Park Overview
Small, but well-visited beach park on Big Island's each shore, south of Hilo
Popular fishing, boating, surfing and picnicking location
Directions: From Pahoa, take Highway 130 south. At the dead end at Highway 137, turn right. The beach park is on the left, near Mile Marker #11.
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Reviews and Comments:
I found the park beautiful and well kept . I was
disappointed when I tryed to take my family ebeach
combing and it was just after 10 pm , I was approached
by the security officers who were parked in there cars
at the playground and told the park is closed to
visitors at 10 pm and we would not be allowed beach
access . I asked if I could access if I were going
fishing and was told no the park is closed at 10 . I
thought as long as we wernt drinking or making any
trouble that it wouldn't be a problem , I was
mistaken and it seemed as though my question had
offended the security and was felt as though I had done
somthing wrong . I'm not sure who the state of
Hawaii contracts there security from but they need to
be trained and perhaps learn Aloha !