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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Activities: Snorkeling
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Beautiful experience

The tide pools were lovely, with parrot fish, eels, clownfish and more. A great venue for novice snorkeling and even those without snorkeling gear. Be prepared to walk on the lava... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The tide pools were lovely, with parrot fish, eels, clownfish and more. A great venue for novice snorkeling and even those without snorkeling gear. Be prepared to walk on the lava rocks (no beach) to access the water, walk about 10 mins or so from parking, and experience hostile glares from the residents (my rating clearly reflects the tide pools... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Excellent place to snorkel on the Big Island. Most importantly, you're protected from the large waves of the surf. It was the most relaxing snorkeling I did on both the Big Island and Kauai because I had no surf to deal with and plenty of fish. Good for any level snorkeler. My husband doesn't swim and he was able to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Due to the hurricane that passed through the tide pools aren't the same. They used to be insanely colorful and full of life! Now the colorful coral is green and there are minimal fish in the water. Talked to a guide who said the hurricane is the reason the pools no longer live up to their past beauty. It's very... More 

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Relaxing and perfect for snorkeling, off the beaten path. Ask locals for directions, they are all very friendly.

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San Jose, California
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The best and safest place to snorkel in the big island, I was just amazed looking back 5 years before when the visitors didn't have to walk .25 miles to get the perfect spot to snorkel. I would say less fish and eels this time (scary :( but still very pretty. I still love this tide pools...

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Palm Springs, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We stayed in Pahoa, and the Tide pools were in our backyard. It was incredible to have an aquarium to swim in. Be sure you have reef shoes, gloves and next time knee pads. The lava rock is sharp. But once you're in the water you're in the movie version of snorkeling.

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silicon valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

It is a walk to get to through a neighborhood. They do have a porta potty at the entrance. The tide pools are large and and require walking across lava rocks to get to. It is best to wear good walking shoes.

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

All beaches in Hawaii are public property and this one is in a subdivision, so you have to park outside and walk in maybe 10 minutes. No sand, but the snorkeling had more fish than she had ever seen before. No amenities.

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Auburn, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We arrived during a huge wind storm, trees down, roads closed and no power in our rental! But just a short walk down the street we could immerse ourselves in the warmth of these pools. The water was incredibly clear, plenty of fish to follow, no turtles unfortunately but an amazing snorkelling experience. We figured out to come down early... More 

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North Canton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

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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