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Kapoho Tide Pools

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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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My family and I went to this spot at least 5 times during our stay on the Big Island. I loved that it was kind of hidden, not that many people were there each time we went. If... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family and I went to this spot at least 5 times during our stay on the Big Island. I loved that it was kind of hidden, not that many people were there each time we went. If there were others, there was lots of room for everyone. My 4.5 year old learned how to snorkel here and was super... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Magical. Like swimming in an aquarium. Unlike other Hawaii snorkel spots the reef and coral are bouncing back in all its colorful and fished filled glory. Highly recommend staying the night at one of the rentals right over the main tide pool. You will have the convenience of stepping off your lanai and into the tide water. See pics. Tips:... More 

Thank suraimcfly
Sweet Home, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We used a guide book to find these tide pools and it was well worth the drive. Great fish to see just off the shore, in calm beautiful water.

Thank Beth V
Brooklyn, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not to be missed. Warm thermal tidal pools filled with acid-colored fish, even turtles. One has to park the car and then walk about 1/2 mile to reach the ponds. So worth it.

Thank GeorgeBRKLYN
Brooksville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time ever in a natural tidal pond. Very pleasant experience. The warmth of the geo-thermo water taking place. Cool breeze due to be on the ocean. Lovely park to picnic and have seen several birthday parties. Highly recommended

Thank Readhead40s
Basildon, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped by here and loved seeing the waves crashing around behind the rock pool, not sure about the water temperature as we didn't go in due to heavy rain, will go back soon

Thank MattRothon
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see while visiting Hawaii! Swimming here was unlike anything else, I loved it so much! Lots of locals, I went during the week, public parking and of course so warm!

Thank Amber J
Pahoa, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kapoho tide pools is an amazingly long set of pukas with every kind of Hawaiian reef fish and several corals. Be careful of the tides, and leave the sunscreen behind as it damages coral and kills fish.

Thank Elizabeth L
St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

so, it's pretty well known that, among my other idiosyncrasies, I don't really like getting wet, & the pacific ocean is often so wretchedly chilly, but I managed to force myself into the water in waio'pea tide pools near kapoho and was just wonderfully surprised: the volcano heats the fresh water percolating into the sheltered tide pools, making this a... More 

Thank Jonathanschork
St Charles,Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

We went here hoping for a morning chance to snorkel but apparently arrived at very low tide. There certainly was no safe way to get into water deep enough to float even with water shoes . Obviously we did not know about checking for high tide!

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