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Isaac Hale Beach Park at Pohoiki Bay
A lovely black sand beach with an expert surf break, Isaac Hale Beach Park is one of the very few real beaches and boat ramps in Puna District; as such this park sees a lot of traffic. It is also the site of the best surfing and some of the wildest snorkeling and scuba diving in Puna.
If you do get in the ocean here, go in left of the boat ramp—be alert to bodacious boat traffic (they won’t be alert for you) and for fairly dangerous ocean currents. If there is any wind or surf, do not swim in the ocean, it can get hairy.
Understandably, given the crowded nature of this small place, some locals are less than welcoming of visitors. Graciously share this ocean treasure with the residents, but leave no valuables in your car.
A short path along the shoreline leads from the parking lot, past a house with abundant “No Trespassing” signs, just a few minutes stroll then turns about 20 yards into the jungle to a secluded, perfectly lovely natural hot spring that is wonderful for soaking. Locals usually don’t bother with swimwear here; you shouldn’t feel required to, either.
The facilities at Isaac Hale Park have just been revamped and updated and include handicap-access paved trails, new picnic facilities, life guard towers showers and restrooms. Camping is allowed with a County permit, but due to lack of security, it is not advised.
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