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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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The Kapoho Tide Pools are the best place to go for snorkeling. They are right next to popular vacation rentals - Make sure you're not going on private property!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Kapoho Tide Pools are the best place to go for snorkeling. They are right next to popular vacation rentals - Make sure you're not going on private property!

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Kalapana
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One place that should not be missed. Great snorkeling, but there is no place to rent snorkel gear. Fresh water is bubbling up from the ground. Chance to see turtles as well.

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Thank JessikaWilkes
Evansville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Spent a few hrs in the Tide Pool, heated by by the volcanic activity on the island, plenty of fish were swimming in the tide pools and small crabs were on the rocks surrounding the tide pool. This is a very relaxing and quiet place, people of all age ranges coming to swim in the tide pools.

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We found the directions to the Kapoho Tide Pools on-line on a Big Island snorkeling site. It a an easy walk from where you need to park to the tide pools. Make sure you bring/use water socks/shoes as where you need to walk over the lava is hard and in the water you will want protection for your feet. You... More 

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Lafayette, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our house 'Royal Cove' in Kapoho. The snorkeling is exceptional, especially as you work your way down the rock pools along the coast. It was very special to be able to snorkel first thing right off the lawn of our house, and kayaking in the bay was great fun. I will return to Kapoho Bay every chance I... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's like being in a gigantic aquarium - very safe and amazing fish to swim with. Water shoes are helpful but we got around on the walk in just fine.

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Pleasant Hill, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Directions to these pools can sometime be confusing. Just drive down Kapoho Kai Street to the point where the signs ask you to park. After parking (they ask for a $2 donation in an honor system box -- part with the money, brah), walk into the neighborhood and keep to your right. In about five minutes, the pools will come... More 

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Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing tide pools, teaming with all sorts of colorful fish. Must wear good water shoes, lava rock everywhere. Short walk from parking but well worth it.

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Kennewick, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fortunately we rented a house near the pools. There is an area where you can park and walk in otherwise you might have your car towed. The water was clear and we saw lots of fish. We just sat in the shallow water and schools of fish came up to us. I have never seen anything like it. Next time... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful fishes, calm water. Great snorkelling site for children. However, there are no amenities or services.

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