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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Activities: Snorkeling
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Beautiful coral and fish in unique setting

We rented a house near these tide pools and had a wonderful time snorkeling in this unique environment. It's best to go at high tide so that you can swim from pool to pool. We saw... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Upstate New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We rented a house near these tide pools and had a wonderful time snorkeling in this unique environment. It's best to go at high tide so that you can swim from pool to pool. We saw more different kinds of coral here than anywhere else we snorkeled on the Big Island, and the water was so calm that we could... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We stayed less than 5 minutes from one of the largest 'pools' and it not only satisfied our 'swim fix' but the snorkeling and quality of water was..well, no ka 'oi !! One day there was a couple there with their 9 month baby, all swimming together in the big pond at high tide.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Multiple tide pools surrounded by lava rocks. Easy to see fish without getting into water. Wear water shoes as rocks are sharp. My husband cut his hand in 2 places on a rock.

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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

There are many tide pools with some shallow area and calm water. There is no fee for this park. However, you will have to park on Kapoho Kai road at the entrance, then walk about 1/2 mile toward the end, at the stop side with the sign "only for residents" turn left then walk for less tan 1/4 mile, you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Like many other reviewers (from trip advisor and yelp) we too, got lost and had a hard time trying to find this place. Wish I remembered the exact directions/streets that we took to reach the parking lot. At first, we followed gps on our phone which led us to a gated area of the neighborhood. We then followed some directions... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

My son and I spent 4 days on Big Island. With such limited time, we had to select the attractions we visited with care. This place is definitely a must-see for brief or extended visitors. The area is nestled in residential district. Non-residents must park outside and walk in. It's less than 10 minutes to the pools. The homes and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The tide pools were lovely, with parrot fish, eels, clownfish and more. A great venue for novice snorkeling and even those without snorkeling gear. Be prepared to walk on the lava rocks (no beach) to access the water, walk about 10 mins or so from parking, and experience hostile glares from the residents (my rating clearly reflects the tide pools... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Excellent place to snorkel on the Big Island. Most importantly, you're protected from the large waves of the surf. It was the most relaxing snorkeling I did on both the Big Island and Kauai because I had no surf to deal with and plenty of fish. Good for any level snorkeler. My husband doesn't swim and he was able to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Due to the hurricane that passed through the tide pools aren't the same. They used to be insanely colorful and full of life! Now the colorful coral is green and there are minimal fish in the water. Talked to a guide who said the hurricane is the reason the pools no longer live up to their past beauty. It's very... More 

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Relaxing and perfect for snorkeling, off the beaten path. Ask locals for directions, they are all very friendly.

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Address: Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Pahoa

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