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Kapoho Tide Pools

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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Lucky to be staying right beside these

We have been here a week and have been in these pools every day. They are fun and we have been scampering over the lava rock and seeing a lot of fish!!!! Even saw an octopus... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Marie D
Edmonton, Canada
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have been here a week and have been in these pools every day. They are fun and we have been scampering over the lava rock and seeing a lot of fish!!!! Even saw an octopus!!!!! The house we are renting offers walking sticks and they have been useful.

Thank Marie D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Parking for the tidepools is a few blocks away due to a private beachfront community. There is a bus stop and changing outhouse near the public parking. At the shore there is no sandy beach here, only black volcanic rocks, some unstable, so take care when walking. Water shoes definitely recommended over flip flops. Once you walk far enough out... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I went here a couple years ago and was totally impressed! Swam with lots of turtles and saw a lot of fish. This time we entered a different side , the one with the largest pool and the water was very murky and it looked like there was some sort of oil or substance in the water which freaked us... More 

Thank Casey M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Kapoho tide pools was a great place to go for shallow depth snorkeling. When the tide is low, you're only a couple of feet from the bottom and the fishes. Visibility is pretty bad when you move around since the water gets very cloudy when the warm top layer mixes with the colder lower layers, but if you swim... More 

Thank Leo B
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite the clear waters I was disappointed with the place. Did not see a lot of life as some claim and it seems that the corals have been suffering a lot.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Im not that big of a fan but we did go and all four went into the pool its neat how ocean water can come in and how its warmer. Kind of a hippy joint area but thats ok and has a life guard the day we were their the drive is real nice and lush area of island.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was raining so plenty of parking space. It was nice for the neighborhood to provide a portable toilet and change place. There were some fish swimming close to to surface. I would snorkel here.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tide pools have terrific snorkeling. However, they are not part of a State, County, or Federal park. You are trooping thru private residential areas to reach the tide pools. Please, be a nice guest and be respectful that people live in those house you are walking by, or the community may decide to throw us all out.

Thank CyFiGal
Hudson, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tide pools are a great place to float and gaze at the many colorful fish without worrying about big waves or undertows. The only challenge is walking to the tide pools and between them. I'd recommend wearing water shoes to give you better grip and some protection from the lava rocks.

Thank Sheri S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the great good fortune to visit the tide pools in the company of a marine scientist from UH Hilo. This is a wonderful natural laboratory if you are interested in these amazing creatures or just like to get up close and personal with Hawaiian marine life. Access means a bit of a hike from where you park and... More 

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