Just offshore from Hilo’s famed Lili’uokalani Gardens sits Mokuola, known popularly today as Coconut Island. This is Hilo’s most popular and convenient beach. It offers swimming, a tower to jump from into the ocean, picnic tables, a grassy area, and good sea turtle watching.
The island is connected via a wide footbridge. The bridge is a popular photo spot with a clear view of downtown Hilo, and a good place to look for turtles in the water below. Shade from the bridge makes them easy to spot here.
This location can be rather busy.