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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Activities: Snorkeling
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Good snorkeling but access is difficult

As others have said all volcanic rock and hard to walk on. Tried to go at slack tide but that still was not the best. High tide would probably be best but it was a 5:30 at night... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

As others have said all volcanic rock and hard to walk on. Tried to go at slack tide but that still was not the best. High tide would probably be best but it was a 5:30 at night. You do have to park in the parking area and walk in. The residents are protecting their area which is their right.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

If you go to the Big Island and want to snorkel, you just can't miss it. It's not easy to find. You have to park before the little town end then go by walk. It take about 15mn to reach the pools. Just have to follow the indications painted on the road. When you face the sea, the pools are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The hardest part is getting from the road into the tide pools. It is all volcano rock and no easy footing, especially for the elderly. It was suggested to go at hide tide which we did. I can see where it would be hard to navigate between pools at low tide. The coral and fish are beautiful. I had a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

It was a little walk to get to Kapoho Tide Pools as the residents do not allow visitor parking. The tide pools are very nice to see, but there were so many mosquitoes that we passed on snorkeling and left quickly. There is no restroom facility here.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

From the road the tide pools don't look like much, but when you get in the water...oh my. It is the best snorkeling I have ever done. There is all kinds of tropical reef fish and different corals.

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I almost don't want to tell you what a wonderful place this is. I am so worried about the beautiful coral here. It is amazing! If you visit please remember how fragile coral is and don't touch it and don't step on it. We not only enjoyed the coral but we saw a large number of different types of fish... More 

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San Dimas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

I've seen and swam in many different reefs all over the Hawaiian Islands, I've never seen a reef quite like this. First off,the locals want you to park in an area outside their community and walk a quarter mile in, just do it. It keeps them happy and is not that far to walk. Make sure you have water shoes,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

So blissful to swim in such sparkling year water on the edge of the ocean. Really worth a visit but check the tide first - needs to be high tide.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This place is perfect for protected snorkeling away from crowds. The water is clear, fish are abundant. Be careful when walking over the slippery and sharp lava rocks. Wear reef shoes.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My husband and I went snorkeling here and it was awesome. We saw many beautiful fish and sea life. I would recommend going close to high tide as this does make it easier going from pool to pool. Reef shoes are a must. There is a suggested parking contribution of $3 (if memory serves me). You park in a designated... More 

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

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