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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Big Island in 3 Days: Snorkeling, Hiking, Camping and Volcanoes National Park
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A fun place to take a dip in warm water!

This is nice big lagoon protected from the waves by a breakwater and warmed by hot springs. There are some minimal amenities and volcanic rock walls to sit on.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Amcurious
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Winters, CA
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Winters, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is nice big lagoon protected from the waves by a breakwater and warmed by hot springs. There are some minimal amenities and volcanic rock walls to sit on.

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Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Awesome snorkelling in clear water with abundant and varied colourful fish.! (Coral, however, is relatively uninteresting). Check tide charts before going, as access is best at high tide. Be aware that this place has no sand beach and is only of interest if you are a snorkeller.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed near the pond. It was lovely- and warm! the kids loved it. Lots of beautiful fish, and no surf thanks to the walls. It rained about every day (November) but was hot when the sun was out. Its a funky little neighborhood, little run down house next to massive, new fancy homes. It was tricky to find a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

These tide pools are the most impressive in the Big Island. You have to take Kapoho Road and turn left on the last road before you reach the lava fields. This entrance road is flanked with palm trees and has privacy signs. Regardless, you can drive in and you will find the visitor parking area with a port-potty and some... More 

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go when the tide is high for the best experience. Don't stand on coral or touch the turtles. Colorful fish and corals and some eels too.

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atlanta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great setting, good snorkelling. Parking is clearly marked and not too far from the pools. Sharp lava rocks, bring a chair or something to sit on and wear water shoes. Well worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great tidal pools with lots of fish and coral. Sheltered so good for new or nervous snorkellers. But enough to see to keep more experienced people happy too. Need to walk over lava to get to the water so bring shoes of some form. In residential area - but there is dedicated parking nearby - clearly marked.

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Sausalito, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Check the weather and tides first. Very Rainy on this side of the Island. Go here first or after if going to the Volcano on same day. Nice when there is partial to fully sunny. JUST LIKE a Giant Aquarium .... Not that good when overcast. Cold when it rains out in this area. Best snorkeling on the Right side... More 

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Utila, Honduras
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be sure to check your tide charts, you want to get here at high tide. The walk is a little touchy, so go slowly! Park and walk through a nice neighborhood to the tide pools. Clear water, some fish, and corals.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As long as you protect your feet or walk very carefully this place is fun to explore. Sometimes a little hard to find parking when you visit.

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