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Kapoho Tide Pools

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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Great place for shallow depth snorkeling

The Kapoho tide pools was a great place to go for shallow depth snorkeling. When the tide is low, you're only a couple of feet from the bottom and the fishes. Visibility is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Anchorage, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I went here a couple years ago and was totally impressed! Swam with lots of turtles and saw a lot of fish. This time we entered a different side , the one with the largest pool and the water was very murky and it looked like there was some sort of oil or substance in the water which freaked us... More 

Thank Casey M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Kapoho tide pools was a great place to go for shallow depth snorkeling. When the tide is low, you're only a couple of feet from the bottom and the fishes. Visibility is pretty bad when you move around since the water gets very cloudy when the warm top layer mixes with the colder lower layers, but if you swim... More 

Thank Leo B
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite the clear waters I was disappointed with the place. Did not see a lot of life as some claim and it seems that the corals have been suffering a lot.

Thank Phil_Muller
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Im not that big of a fan but we did go and all four went into the pool its neat how ocean water can come in and how its warmer. Kind of a hippy joint area but thats ok and has a life guard the day we were their the drive is real nice and lush area of island.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was raining so plenty of parking space. It was nice for the neighborhood to provide a portable toilet and change place. There were some fish swimming close to to surface. I would snorkel here.

Thank family w
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The tide pools have terrific snorkeling. However, they are not part of a State, County, or Federal park. You are trooping thru private residential areas to reach the tide pools. Please, be a nice guest and be respectful that people live in those house you are walking by, or the community may decide to throw us all out.

Thank CyFiGal
Hudson, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tide pools are a great place to float and gaze at the many colorful fish without worrying about big waves or undertows. The only challenge is walking to the tide pools and between them. I'd recommend wearing water shoes to give you better grip and some protection from the lava rocks.

Thank Sheri S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the great good fortune to visit the tide pools in the company of a marine scientist from UH Hilo. This is a wonderful natural laboratory if you are interested in these amazing creatures or just like to get up close and personal with Hawaiian marine life. Access means a bit of a hike from where you park and... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Unique Kapoho .. This is not your iconic sandy Hawaiian beach.. but something else entirely- as is the whole side of this island. It is not touristy- but it is certainly unique ... If you want to get away from humans..this could be it. Lovely tide pools- where foot protection and be kind to Mother Nature..

Thank shayshay321
La Conner, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were fortunate to have rented a home in Kapoho Beach Resort where the warm pools are found. Meant for residents and guests, we noticed many cars parked outside the gates with people walking in to the pools. We were unable to utilize the pools because of health issues but would have loved to. They looked most inviting.

Thank Judy M

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