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Kapoho Tide Pools

Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Big Island in 3 Days: Snorkeling, Hiking, Camping...
Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Pahoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling
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Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Activities: Snorkeling
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Sydney, Australia
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We didn't find these pools easily, especially as there are houses right there.. Not the best signage. Had a great time but snorkelling amongst the fish. Be warned.. Do not go in the pools in you have a sore or graze, even a cold sore is a no no. I was a bit sceptical of this warning.. But after snorkelling... More 

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is hands down the best snorkeling I've ever done. It is so clear and calm. The corals are amazing and each pool is teeming with aquatic life. I have heard that there are turtles that frequent the area but we didn't see any that day (there are so many turtles in Kona if you're heading that way). One request--please... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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221 attraction reviews
374 helpful votes 374 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Ok, so it's a great place to snorkel, but a few things make it unusual, so you'd better be prepared. First off, this is not a state park or something like that. There is a private community on the shore, so you need to park you car outside and walk about 5 mins with all your stuff through the private... More 

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Long Beach, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

If you want a safe and secluded place to snorkel then this is your best bet. I have stayed here many times and try and snorkel every day I'm here. My most recent visit did not disappoint as there were friendly turtles, large octopus, beautiful eels and tons of colorful and friendly fish. This area is a gem on the... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
27 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The snorkeling at Kopoho was some of the best and most fun on the Big Island. We loved hopping from pool to pool not knowing what we would see next. We saw a ton of coral and tropical fish ... we also saw an Octopus which was amazing! Our recommendation would be to go between low & high tide. We... More 

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sf bay area
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This is a NOT Disneyland attraction or even a State park. It is a rugged, marine preserve located in a private residential area = the homeowners themselves bear the burden of having to pay for maintaining the surrounding roads, cleaning up trash, etc. CONSULT TIDE CHARTS and go close to HIGH tide for optimal snorkeling and ease of getting in/out... More 

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Asuncion, Paraguay
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36 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The locals make this way too hard. You have to park quite a distance from the tide pools and walk / carry all your stuff down to them. Once there, you are walking across / navigating sharp lava / coral to the point where is just isn't enjoyable. There is better snorkeling in other places- I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND GOING... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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133 reviews 133 reviews
77 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

OK, suppose that you were a local or a tourist operator in the Puna region that has no true sandy beaches that are in abundance on the Kona Coast. What would you do? Of course, you would frequent and promote the tide pools. Our family when on vacation always likes to explore far afield from the commonly touristed areas and... More 

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Olympia, Washington
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

I've heard that this place took a big hit from the hurricane in November. I hope the reefs and pools are OK? This was one of the most awesome places to snorkel that my son and I found on Hawaii. It is in a neighborhood. There are houses right across the narrow street from the pools! What a place to... More 

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3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised how many breeds, sizes and colours of fish the tide pools had! The water was warm and easy to swim in. We could have spent all day here! Unfortunately our go pro wasn't charged because the photos would have been amazing. You have to walk about 5-10mins from the parking lot, definitely worth it!

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