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Kapoho Tide Pools

Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Beautiful place, now no more than special memories.

My family have been regular visitors to the Kapoho Tide Pools for the last 10 years. The best... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
V80M
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Brisbane, Australia
So sad

Never got to visit this place and sadly will never be able to ..RIP tide pools and all the fish... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stacey R
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Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My family have been regular visitors to the Kapoho Tide Pools for the last 10 years. The best snorkelling, and the most quietly relaxing and special place I've ever known. It was devastating to see it destroyed by the lava flow. Hawaii and her visitors...More

1  Thank V80M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Never got to visit this place and sadly will never be able to ..RIP tide pools and all the fish ........ And wildlife ....

Thank Stacey R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tide pools were beautiful and full of fish and coral during our visit. It’s hard to imagine that only 2 months after our visit they are gone. Hopefully at least some of the tide pools survived the lava flow. Houses can be rebuilt, but...More

3  Thank Brendan J
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were just in the Kapoho Tide Pools area in Nov 2017 and stayed at the most lovely vacation home in the neighborhood adjacent. We loved the coquis, the geckos, the little fish in the thermal pond out back, the coconut trees, everything. And, of...More

6  Thank Jenny W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the most amazing family holiday a year ago, staying in Vacationland, and spending many hours in these pools. Devastated at the loss of this area, blessed to have enjoyed the beauty, humbled by Pele and Mother Nature. Thoughts to all in the area...More

8  Thank Lyndsay F
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate to see the Kapoho Tide Pools last month and now it appears that they are completely gone. We can only hope that nature will replace them with something equally as lovely.

14  Thank Jim K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sad to see the flowing lava claimed this aquatic gem. We visited in 2010, and were super impressed by the variety of marine life on display.

16  Thank NJ_Jason
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Reviewed May 9, 2018

Best time to visit is just prior to high tide, when water levels are highest. Hot water springs flowing into the pools during low tides can make viewing difficult, and shallow waters may limit access to several great pools. Lots of colorful fish (mostly smaller...More

7  Thank johndS8533NB
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Reviewed May 5, 2018 via mobile

We were staying in the gated community where the warm champagne pond is and we enjoyed that so much we weren’t sure we’d go to the tide pools. We were encouraged by someone in the pond so we took a few minute drive and the...More

4  Thank BHorst
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Reviewed April 22, 2018 via mobile

We came to the Big Island for hot lava and this was the amazing Second Place (because nothing beats hot lava). The location was stellar and I felt safe letting my 9yo snorkel on his own. The grandparents could not walk the small distance (we...More

1  Thank prestoninaj
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Dianna O
May 20, 2018|
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Response from andrewoldtiger |
Yes I have been there several times so know the geography well. Do not even dream of going there now. Ali access and exit roads have been destroyed. People already evacuated, except idiots who are now trapped.The biggest... More
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Reneezy B
April 19, 2018|
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Response from Becky U | Reviewed this property |
Both Champagne Pond and Kapoho Tidepools are in gated communities. At Champagne Pond, you just need to take the walkway around the gate. Once inside, there aren't good markings on how to get there though. At Kapoho... More
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Debbie S
January 19, 2018|
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Response from Robertinalaska | Reviewed this property |
No, there is not. But just up the road, 6K, there is a park with outdoor showers.....
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