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Kapoho Tide Pools

Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have visited the tide pools several times over the past several years. It never fails to disappoint and we really enjoyed it! Myself (53) and daughters (17 and 21) snorkeled all over. Grandma (75) bobbed around with a noodle while grandpa had a good...More

Thank JKintheNW
Reviewed 4 days ago

We made a point to go in two hours before high tide and it was perfect. The tide coming in made the return a bit challenging when we went over the shallow parts. Low tide would be more difficult since you need to climb over...More

Thank DrT1950
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Kapoho Tide Pools are really interesting. The walk to the tide pools from the parking area is around .3 miles. The walk is worth the activity and sites. The pools have crystal clear water with a wide variety of sea life. Is you snorkel,...More

Thank Rosie R
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a beautiful spot to spend a day with those who might not be comfortable in deep water, very active reef and lots of fish!

Thank maxandma
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went at high tide. Though the smaller pools are then full -- this made it hard to find and get out to the far, deep pools with the best fish. Maybe arriving 1-2 hour before/after high tide is best, so you can walk out...More

Thank Ray R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We parked, provided a small donation, and made the short walk to the pools (small directions are spray painted on the streets). We went through several of the pools (I agree with having some type of Teva sandal or water shoe) and did not need...More

Thank Travis K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unless you live here, it's better to find parking a few blocks away and walk. Homes are built along the lava shore with a narrow streets that omits parking space. The tide pools are basically a nursery for tropical fish, eels, and more. If you...More

Thank dsioux
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here for about an hours to wander around the tidepools and explore. Really great activity for the kids.

Thank CaribbeanFan79
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have rented a oceanfront home on the Kapoho Tide Pools (Kapoho Makai) on 3 separate trips to the Big Island and as soon as we arrive we instantly relax . The view is amazing and the area seems to be a micro climate ....More

Thank longliner
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The worst. The folks giving it great reviews must be newbies. Long walk, no place at all to hang out or relax, coral all dead, not that much variety in the fish, and I saw some suspicious stuff in the parking area. A guy halfheartedly...More

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Wanetta W
Where can I find the tide times?
30 April 2017|
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Response from fibersong | Reviewed this property |
Check tropical snorkeling. Slack high tide will keep uou above the reefs and you won't need to put feet or hands down, which damages the coral. Use hard soled warer shoes or reef shoes, not fins. I felt really weird... More
Abby B
Is there a fee to snorkel here??
19 April 2017|
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Response from Choval | Reviewed this property |
There is no fee to snorkel here, a donation box for cleaning porta toilets is at the parking area.
Where can you get a snorkel and mask for the Kapoho Tide Pools?
2 January 2017|
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Response from ColibriSMA | Reviewed this property |
You can rent in Hilo...........