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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Activities: Snorkeling
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Great snorkeling without fighting the waves! Much easier place to get in and out of. Less Coral than at Capt Cook or 2 step (on the west side)

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 7, 2015
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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Great snorkeling without fighting the waves! Much easier place to get in and out of. Less Coral than at Capt Cook or 2 step (on the west side)

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Vancouver, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

What a gem tucked in a residential area. The parking is clearly marked and I would estimate it to be 1/4 mile walk to pools. I had time just to take a look and what I saw was crystal clear calm water and a beautiful view. I was envious of those who were in the pools snorkeling. I am definitely... More 

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Moscow, ID
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Get directions from locals to find this spot. Park in the designated area (donate a few dollars in the drop box) and then walk in. The way to the tide pools is not really indicated but just keep going towards the ocean. Please respect private property in the area! I went here a couple of times and found that the... More 

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Seattle
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I have visited the Tide Pools several times. This is the first time I have had to park down the street and walk to the shore. The new neighbourhood rules state no parking at the beach. It is not a long walk and I guess it lets the residents limit the amount of people wandering around their streets. This is... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We have snorkeled many spots in the world and by fast this has been one of the best spots I have ever been. Because of the way these volcanic pools are setup, you end up snorkeling in your own little private ocean. Amazing sea life and very little currents means you get to just float away for hours watching fish... More 

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Red Deer, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Nice warm water. Not too deep. About 4-5 feet so I could just relax and swim about. My husband and I are not great swimmers so we loved is warm protected pool!

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Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you love to snorkel, you need to visit the Kapoho Tide Pools. It is one of the few places where the coral is still living and colourful. The variety of fish makes every venture into the ocean a new experience. There are many "nooks and crannies" in these tidepools so plan to spend a few days and thoroughly explore... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We came here to check the place out with the intention to come back and snorkel. Unfortunately, our time was limited so we did not get to go snorkeling here. We did walked and hopped around the tide pools. This place is beautiful and nothing like I've seen before. There are many entrances to get to it but you have... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Pretty long schlep from Kona, and worth it! These pools are fairly shallow, where you can stand in many spots and maybe the deepest area is 20 feet or so. All sorts of beautiful fish and cool coral. It wasn't very crowded, which was great. Almost no current, so you could just plain relax and look. Suggest you forget fins,... More 

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Petersham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I had never snorkeled before and didn't think that I was going to be able to, but as soon as I saw all of those beautiful fish, I lost all fear. The pools are shallow and without any waves to thrash you around. The pools are a little hard to find and getting out across the rocks can be a... More 

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