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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Loved the warm geo-thermal water and all of the marine life...and that it was protected from the rip tides and large man-eating sea creatures of the ocean...though I did see an eel with really big teeth!

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Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Prior to Hurricane Isele the floor of the beach was like the botton of an egg carton -- rocks piled with alternating deeper/shallower pools to swim in. This both helped capture the fish (swim in at high tide, stay in the pool they are in at low tide) and buffer swimmers against the power of the ocean. I saw where... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

When we went there were maybe three other people there. The water was warm and nice to float around in. There isn't much of a place to sit, no lounging outside of the water. The fish are very pretty and it's a nice place to stop

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Brooklyn, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Just a magic place, I've done a lot of snorkeling in my life, and this was one of the most awe inspiring underwater places I've been. For snorkeling fanatics, worth the trip to Hilo area.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 helpful votes 10 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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47 attraction reviews
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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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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
7 helpful votes 7 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
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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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