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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
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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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Winthrop, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

This is such a beautiful area for passive snorkeling. Some of the most vibrant and healthy corals I have ever seen! Lovely fish and endless nooks and crevices that you can look down into and see fishies coming up and then disappearing into the depths. The surface rock is very slippery, so tread carefully. Gently lower yourself into one of... More

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Gibraltar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

You may have to walk a while as parking is only allowed outside the residential area but it's totally worth it. Don't forget your snorkeling gear!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

These pools are at the end of a settlement, but is sign posted well fro where you park. The pools to the right are good joined together with access to the sea at high tide. Great snorkelling for fish and corals. We went twice take care of towels etc because of tides.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The tide pools are easy to get to and free. There are tons of fish and coral to see. You don't even have to get in the water to see the fish if you don't want to.

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A unique place to snorkel, with super calm water full of fish and newly growing coral that sprouts from the lava rocks that form the tide pools. Don't miss it!

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We rented a house near the tide pools for 10 days and snorkeled every day.. The best snorkeling of my life!! Was super easy to move around and during low tide the corals and fish where super close! If your in or near Kapoho you should definitely stop here and check the tide pools out!!

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Wilton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We visited these tidepools several times on our trip this summer. It was like nothing I have ever experienced before. Access in the pools was easy and the variety of fish was huge. Took my GoPro and got amazing shots - the fish were not all that weary. Can't wait to go back!

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

It was closed for repairs, Previous years it was prefect, with the Lava flow near Pahoa we believed it would be a bit warmer than 2013 but one of the retaining walls had been damaged and the pool was closed for repairs, certainly worth the visit when it opens again.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

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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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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