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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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My favorite place in Hawaii, off the beaten path!

Wonderful snorkeling. Bring reef walkers. You can buy them at Longs in Pahoa. Need to walk over some lava to get to the pools. Worth it

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Wonderful snorkeling. Bring reef walkers. You can buy them at Longs in Pahoa. Need to walk over some lava to get to the pools. Worth it

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The Kapoho Tide Pools are wonderful for beginning snorkeling. Lots of beautiful coral, tropical fish and turtles (Honu) to see. Make sure to wear your water shoes because there is lava rock to walk over to get in. We stayed in a house right on the tide pools and it was incredible!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The tide pools were great snorkeling, but just beyond them where the water turns turquoise is the small reef with the numerous types of corals and fish. A must see on the big island!

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Wayne, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Head out to the lighthouse for the freshest air in the world then back it up to the dirt road between to metal poles. You need a high clearance vehicle for the rough lava road and sandles to wear for the walk to the water. Locals love come to here on weekends so be respectful. Chech it out on google... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

A series of collapsed lava tubes forming pools connecting at high tide. A fantastic nursery fo small tropical fish. Park just outside the village and walk 1/2 mile to foreshore.Entry over loose boulders is difficult, so take sandals. Pretty safe on an incoming tide, but watch out for very strong currents in the outer pools on an outgoing tide.It can... More 

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Well worth the walk. Bring your water shoes, snorkel and mask. Plan to spend lots of time there but be careful of the tide flow. Lots of different fish and coral to see.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

One of the best places to snorkel in the Big Island. Only a few people around the place, very calm. Be aware: access to the water is not easy, water shoes it is a good idea to take and wear them. The surrounding area is rocky shelf and it can be slippery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We went there on a weekday and it wasn't crowded, like it was when we went to Hanauma Bay on Oahu. The tide pools were so beautiful! We had a wonderful time! We got to see lots of fish. Don't forget to bring your snorkel gear and a pair of reef shoes.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

So many fish! This place can get super crowded but I was lucky enough to go when I've pretty much had the place to ourselves. Plan on spending a few hours exploring and bring an under water camera for amazing photos. I felt like I was swimming in an aquarium.

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Bring you mask and snorkel you won't need flippers. Just slip into a tide pool and float and the fish are there. Lots of friendly fish that are used to seeing people. Great variety of fish and corral to see. It's about a 10-15 minute walk through the neighborhood and there are no facilities so bring water or something to... More 

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