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Kapoho Tide Pools

Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Pahoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Gros Islet, St. Lucia
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156 reviews 156 reviews
43 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Park on a side street for free and walk down the trail to the tide pools. You can choose a variety of entry points depending on how you like to enter the water. Depending on the day there's a good variety of fish to be seen. It's an excellent place for a lazy afternoon.

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Naperville, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

First of all, no reason to come here if you don't snorkel. There is no sand and no beach. Access is a bit challenging, specifically to find where to park. The snorkeling is good, but I've had better elsewhere. Fun to snorkel in the tide pools which is very unique. A pretty setting and a constant breeze. Worth a trip... More

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Santa Monica, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We stayed in the Puna area in April. We went at the end of the day and we practically had the place to ourselves. It was low tide and you were able to make out where the individual pools were. I wore keen shoes which were great for protecting your feet from the lave rock. I dont think fins are... More

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Bentonville, Arkansas
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Drive down Kapoho Kai Road (do not use Google Maps directions and don't park to walk into a gated community) to find the pools. We saw Tons of fish, coral, and even a sea turtle.

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Fortaleza, CE
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

It is a great place to snorkel, less than one hour from Hilo, in the road to Isaac Newton park. It is small, you can park with a 1$ donation, and has a portable bathroom for $1. No other place to change clothes.

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Grafton, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This place was amazing for snorkling. It is not set up for tourists, and you are better off going on a weekday to avoid some crowding. I unfrotauntely brought and used my fins, i wasn't aware it was not recommended. I was careful not to disturb anything, but there were many spots where i needed to get out and walk... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I plugged in this place on our GPS, and we would have went to the wrong area (north of where we should have been) had I have followed the GPS. Thankfully, I had read other people's reviews on how to get here, and realised that the GPS was wrong! These tide pools were wonderful to snorkel in. There was plenty... More

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Arlington, TN
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Our three young adults (18,20,21) really loved this and we did too! We stayed at a great house just a block from the Champagne pond and a short drive to the tide pools and we're glad we did! Our house had a small tide pool in the backyard, so we went to the Kapoho Tide pools when the water rose... More

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Cedar City, Utah
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87 reviews 87 reviews
38 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We rented a house near the Wai 'Opae tide pools in Kapoho. We were able to walk there and that was a good thing. During high tide, the road to the pools (which was actually not a drive-able road), flooded and we were wading in knee high water to get to the pools. When you get there, go all the... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This was one of the most beutiful places we snorkeled on the big island. There are many pools some warm some cool. They are filled with gorgeous fish and awesome coral. The water is Crystal clear..except In the warm pools of course. We did not need fins even in the larger pools..I think they would be a hassle and in... More

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