Kapoho Tide Pools
Kapoho Tide Pools
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Rafterian
Sacramento, CA30 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Due to the 2018 eruption, access no longer exists. Tide pools are now under 60 feet of volcanic rock.

If you turn left at the cement blocks, after driving through the gloomy lava fields, you can follow the road through the jungle and find a spot or two to walk to the cliffs and enjoy the ocean view. That road essentially leads right back to Pāhoa.
Written November 12, 2021
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Jim K
Keaau, HI2 contributions
Dec 2020
This was a fantastic snorkel area about 8 ft deep max and loaded with plate type corrals. All buried now under several feet of new lava (and are really tough hike to get to). Bummer !
Written December 15, 2020
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ2,036 contributions
Jan 2020
Give it a three just for the drive but the pools are gone now so unless you want to see a lava field head to someplace else.
Written February 26, 2020
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happy4travel
Northern California1,290 contributions
Nov 2019
We loved our trip to Hawaii, can’t wait for more! The family was thrilled! The kids only got out of the pool for dinner! Next year for sure! 🌴🌺😍
Written February 22, 2020
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Timothy D
Suzhou, China648 contributions
Dec 2019
We drove there from Hilo. A nice day drive through lava fields and an amazing jungle just after where we were supposed to turn off to the pools; however, the road to the pools doesn’t exist since the recent eruption. They’re apparently 60 feet below the lava now.
Written December 26, 2019
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Daniel S
San Diego, CA6 contributions
Nov 2019
This very unique snorkeling spot is now under two feet of lava. Another treasure lost but another will surely develop.
Written November 30, 2019
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EllyJ77
Kailua-Kona, HI3 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
They were beautiful. The Kilauea eruption of 2018 took them out. They are now under 60 feet of lava and the new shoreline is out a mile. Very sad.
Written October 26, 2019
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Compass39928523202
4 contributions
May 2019
These pools are now gone, buried under lava from the 2018 Kilauea eruption. Very disappointing, as these were apparently very nice before :(
Written May 19, 2019
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Jim S
Bellevue, WA65 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
Kapoho Tide Pools used to be my all-time favorite snorkeling spot...it was magical. Unfortunately the 2018 eruption of Kilauea that destroyed hundreds of homes also buried these tide pools in 50 feet of lava. Don't try to snorkel there.
Written May 19, 2019
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Shelley B
Coarsegold, CA100 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
The latest 2018 Kiluea covered the tide pools. It’s is very sad how the lava flowed to the sea. If you want to see the lava first hand, then head this direction- even out to Isaac Hale Park.
Written February 10, 2019
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