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Kapoho Tide Pools

Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Best Snorkeling we found on the island.

The tide pools are nice and calm - no surf. We took old tennis shoes to wear when we snorkeled so... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Becky U

What a great way to spend sometime watching fish and the waves. This is a great learning experience... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The tide pools are nice and calm - no surf. We took old tennis shoes to wear when we snorkeled so that our feet didn't get beat up. We had snorkeled at Champaign Pool and at other beaches on the island - this place was...More

Thank Becky U
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great way to spend sometime watching fish and the waves. This is a great learning experience for kids and terrific snorkeling. Plus, it’s free!

Thank groupleader45212
Reviewed 1 week ago

The sun kept coming and out and the water was warm! Huge variety of fishes to watch for. The water was nice and calm since the pools are protected from the ocean itself.

Thank Mohit V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good place for snorkeling with kids, and also many activities and things to do with the kids. This is a hidden gem in the island.

Thank JuanFernandez
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best snorkeling places in Hilo. It is easy to get to, just follow the 'tide pool' directions printed on the road once you have parked your car. Respect that you have to walk through private residential property to get to...More

Thank Juliana C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We snorkelled along the west side of the island, and then the east side – and saw more fish and reef – with less tourists here. This is a great spot to snorkel for an hour or two, especially in high tide. Look up the...More

1  Thank Nunavut_bc
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is nice and easy access to pools Warm water. I have a 5 yr old and an 8yr old, they had a blast. Showers are cold and a little far from the pools.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went in low tide... not fun for snorkeling... The lava rocks tore up my water shoes. It was a long walk out there for us not to be able to see any fish sadly but I know it is probably better with high tide....More

Thank Jena_TX87
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the best spot for snorkeling on the island- hands down! It’s a bit of a hike and the toilet situation is sad, but once you get to the pools, there are plenty of colorful tropical fish! We saw 4 types of butterfly, plenty...More

2  Thank Neeraja1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really cool tidal pools, nice place to be if you're planning to swim/snorkel or not. The downside is that there are very sharp rocks and coral in the water. 2/3 of us ended up coming out off the water with cuts & scrapes. But it's...More

Thank RyanH560
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Debbie S
19 January 2018|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
there is no showers. but a beautiful place to snorkel.
3 January 2018|
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Response from Jena_TX87 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Make sure the tide is up though
Wanetta W
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