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Kapoho Tide Pools

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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Take snorkel masks and life jackets-tides can be tricky to navigate

The tide pools are a little rocky getting in (wear water shoes) but look down into the clear water and you will see a lively and colorful assortment of fish! You might even see a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The tide pools are a little rocky getting in (wear water shoes) but look down into the clear water and you will see a lively and colorful assortment of fish! You might even see a turtle or two so have your waterproof camera ready! A beautiful magical place!

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Orange County California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our vacation home was in this community!! It's worth the day trip to check it out. Bring your snorkel gear. The water is brackish, meaning that it's salt water with a fresh water spring below it, so you'll experience warm and cool water with some clouding while snorkeling. Just pack some patience and try not to move your hands in... More 

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Thank JHuante
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is superb. I went expecting a couple of tiny pools, dip in and out. No. It's massive. You could spend hours here. Definitely want water shoes or flippers or both. Tons of beautiful fish and coral. Chilly so bring towels and warm clothes for after.

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've read about the pools in several travel blogs and thought we'd give it a try. Driving there at some point you think you might get lost between all the fields and plantations and no houses whatsoever. But paying Attention and taking the right turn, you find the spot where you can park your car OUTSIDE the residential area which... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hardly ever I have been to a snorkeling area that is as easily accessible as the Kapoho Tide Pools. It's a short drive down from Pahoa and pretty easy to find. Be aware to park your car in the designated areas in Kapoho Kai Street. The Pools are located in the middle of a residential area and people living there... More 

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Thank Bernhard L
Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great variety of fish. Both my wife and I scuba and snorkel pretty much all over the world. This place is at the top of the list for snorkeling. We stay at a home at the pools at least 2 and sometimes 3 weeks a year. Many large pools with the inner pools being a little warmer then the outer... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made a trip out here because locals said this is their favorite place.. And now we see why. Very few people come out here because: 1) You have to park in residential 2) Walk about 10 to 15 minutes from parking lot to tide pools 3) No beach 4) walk through lava rocks to get to the water But... More 

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Thank Wendy H
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were hesitant to visit based on reviews, but so glad we did. Definitely need water shoes with rubber soles (flip flops are not safe), and only bathrooms are at entrance (portables). Beautiful place to swim, play and explore. Short walk through the neighborhood added to the experience - interesting houses and yards. Wish we could have stayed all afternoon!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the tidepools. Wonderful place for exploration. Daughter loved it as well. Worth the drive from Hilo. Best swimming within an hour of Hilo. BUTTTT....Do not go to Pahoa. Dirty! Nasty! I was asked to buy drugs twice and saw one first hand. The little shops.....eeegad.....not clean!

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Airdrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wear your water sandals with a thick sole for the walk through the community and over a jagged lava field to these pools. Chose any pool and don your snorkelling gear. The warm water and warm day were ideal conditions. Some pools are shallow and most interconnect. Look into the pool and be amazed with the concentration and abundance of... More 

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