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Kapoho Tide Pools

Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Pahoa
Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Snorkeling
Traveler Description: Please be careful when snorkling at Kapoho not to damage the coral! Snorklers really don't need fins as it is a very protected area, and they do so... more »
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Pahoa, Hawaii
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The tide pools are beautifully stunning. The huge coral beds are a must see for anyone visiting the island. Definitely on my Top 10 list of things to do on the Big Island.

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Summary: Best at or around high tide and during the week when local residents are at work or school Great tide pools, with each one unique in terms of the fish and coral. If you get in one and don't care for it, it's a short swim (in high tide) or walk (low tide) to another. Read up on the... More

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Scipio, Indiana, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

So beautiful , so many kinds of fish and things to see. The water is beautiful . Peaceful just to spend the day.

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Glendora, California
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We rented a place near the tidal pools which allow us to experience the pools many times, and enjoyed each and every time. You MUST have reef shoes as you are walking, climbing on lava rocks. Fins are not necessary as the current is not strong. The water is warmish and clear. During low tide, snorkel the pools closer to... More

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16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

OK - it is totally confusing to find the tidepools but if you figure it out go go go. First there is the Champagne pond. We were lucky and staying at a vacation rental right next it. However if you are not then you either have to walk in from the housing development gate (half mile?) or take some crazy... More

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Denver, Colorado
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8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Bring some sort of rubber soled beach shoe or sandal to help navigate the lava tide pools. The water is crystal clear with all sorts of reef fish. The shallow areas were a fish nursery. I have never seen so many little fish. The coral was best further out where the pools were deepest and the fish were largest. Not... More

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Eugene, Oregon
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This is a beautiful mix of tide pools. The area is true Hawaiiana. Please take all your belongings and trash out with you. It is a wonderful trip down the Kalapana road through dense jungle and outstanding views of the Pacific. Be respectful of the local people and respectful of the land and ocean.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We went, we swam with fishes, we laughed and smiled, we had a blast. Bring snorkeling gear! It doesn't even matter if it's raining or sun, it's fun. Definitely do it.

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West Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I don't swim never mind snorkel but loved sitting on the rocks, looking out on the ocean while my son and wife snorkelled. I meditated to the sounds of the waves and though it was a tad to hot, there was a breeze and plenty of shade.

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

A very bumpy last 100m to get to this park, and an honesty box asking for $3.... However it's worth it, dark lava flows into the sea here creating large rock pools full of fish, and these are protected by the lava from the worst of the waves, great snorkelling Take some shoes to wear while snorkelling as the lava... More

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