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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Activities: Snorkeling
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Sea turtle in our first pool!

While it is a little drive down the coast, and a little tricky to find at first, the tide pools are wonderful! Beginning right along the shore, and progressing in individual pools... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
aphilli24
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North Canton, Ohio
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North Canton, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

While it is a little drive down the coast, and a little tricky to find at first, the tide pools are wonderful! Beginning right along the shore, and progressing in individual pools out farther and all along the coast, it is a safe adventure for all ages. We saw beautiful fish, an eel or two, and even sea turtles. The... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Unbelievable clarity of water, great fish and marine life. Even excellent coral! Hurricane last August damaged road so if you're not staying in "Vacationland" you need to park and walk about 3 blocks to the pools. My 7 year old had never snorkeled and now she can't get enough!!

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Gold Coast, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Nice easy to access snorkelling. We parked in the car park and entered via an overgrown path between two houses, next to a private driveway. Nothing spectacular, but lots of colourful fish and some different varieties of coral.

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ARLINGTON
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Best to go at high tide so you can travel from one pool to the other easily. The tidepools are not easy to find since the signage is very poor or non-existent. Use GPS or a map. There is a port-o-potty available in the parking lot and a requested donation for parking (either $1 or $5 I don't remember exactly).... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

IN spite of some damage int eh area due to tropical storm earlier this year, worth the trip. You have to park a little ways away and walk in. But here you will find the most authentic tide pools. Easy to spend an afternoon. No services. Water shoes a MUST, due to the killer lava. Don't let this stop you.... More 

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Portland Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Not sure what the other reviewers experienced. The snorkeling was decent. Seen better in Maui. The water wasn't that warm. The walking to the pools is crazy dangerous. Think slippery lava rocks.

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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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
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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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15 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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