Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Guided tours
Backcountry camping
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Isaac Hale Beach Park is a large county-run park on the Big Island's far eastern shore that has been influenced by the 2018 lava flow.

The beach park has picnic tables and grills spread between the grassy lawns and black rock beach. Lifeguard towers overlook Pohoiki Bay which is a popular surf spot, and as a result of the recent eruptions, the Pohoiki Hot Spring pools are three warm swimming and soaking areas that vary from large open pools to a more intimate pool within a collapsed lava tube.

Prior to the 2018 eruption, the park operated as one of Hawaii County's campgrounds, however following the flow which cut off access from one side and damaged the water systems at the park, the park is now restricted to day use only. Water is no longer available inside the park. The lava flow surrounds the park along its northern side, creating a dramatic backdrop, with black stone towering over the grounds. It's not too hard to imagine the immensity of the lava flow rolling past the park during the eruption.

Now, the park grounds end at the flow, which also cut off the highway to the north. This leaves the park more of a quiet spot, popular with locals who live in and around the isolated Puna community.

The park is open daily from 7am to 7pm. Lifeguard towers are staffed during busy seasons. There is no running water or drinking water available at the park - outhouses have replaced bathroom buildings which remain closed. Pets are not allowed at the park. There is no entrance fee to visit Isaac Hale Beach Park.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Variety of activities. Hot spring pools.


No water.


ADA accessible
Vault toilet
Boat ramp(s)
Family friendly
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas


Nearby Lodging + Camping


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