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Kapoho Tide Pools

Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Pahoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Saint Louis, Missouri
20 reviews 20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Amazing snorkeling, especially when the tide is up. The water is warm and the bay harbors some great sea life. I've heard there is a second pool, with even greater fish, but many sea urchins. Use your best discretion on that, but don't leave kapoho without seeing these awesome pools.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The tide pools were great- beautiful corals and fish for sure. Just make sure you go during high tide (otherwise you will have to get out and hop from one pool to another and do some very shallow, scrape-your-belly snorkeling). But this wasn't the best place for snorkeling for me! Don't forget the Champagne Ponds (if you can get there)!!!... More

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Gros Islet, St. Lucia
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43 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Park on a side street for free and walk down the trail to the tide pools. You can choose a variety of entry points depending on how you like to enter the water. Depending on the day there's a good variety of fish to be seen. It's an excellent place for a lazy afternoon.

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Naperville, Illinois
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

First of all, no reason to come here if you don't snorkel. There is no sand and no beach. Access is a bit challenging, specifically to find where to park. The snorkeling is good, but I've had better elsewhere. Fun to snorkel in the tide pools which is very unique. A pretty setting and a constant breeze. Worth a trip... More

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Santa Monica, California
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We stayed in the Puna area in April. We went at the end of the day and we practically had the place to ourselves. It was low tide and you were able to make out where the individual pools were. I wore keen shoes which were great for protecting your feet from the lave rock. I dont think fins are... More

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Bentonville, Arkansas
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Drive down Kapoho Kai Road (do not use Google Maps directions and don't park to walk into a gated community) to find the pools. We saw Tons of fish, coral, and even a sea turtle.

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Fortaleza, CE
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

It is a great place to snorkel, less than one hour from Hilo, in the road to Isaac Newton park. It is small, you can park with a 1$ donation, and has a portable bathroom for $1. No other place to change clothes.

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Grafton, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This place was amazing for snorkling. It is not set up for tourists, and you are better off going on a weekday to avoid some crowding. I unfrotauntely brought and used my fins, i wasn't aware it was not recommended. I was careful not to disturb anything, but there were many spots where i needed to get out and walk... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I plugged in this place on our GPS, and we would have went to the wrong area (north of where we should have been) had I have followed the GPS. Thankfully, I had read other people's reviews on how to get here, and realised that the GPS was wrong! These tide pools were wonderful to snorkel in. There was plenty... More

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Arlington, TN
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Our three young adults (18,20,21) really loved this and we did too! We stayed at a great house just a block from the Champagne pond and a short drive to the tide pools and we're glad we did! Our house had a small tide pool in the backyard, so we went to the Kapoho Tide pools when the water rose... More

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