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Kapoho Tide Pools

Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a week over Christmas 2016 staying in the Kapoho area. We lucked out and rented a hotel in the gated community of Kapoho. One of the two houses that we rented came with its own private tide pool. This was like having your...More

Thank Don M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To get to the Kapoho tide pools you have to park fairly far away and then walk for about 15 minutes through a residential neighborhood. Once you arrive there really isn't a good spot to sit--you kind of have to sit on a skinny little...More

3  Thank Shannon H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The main problem with these tide pools is there isn't a good water exchange, so when they are crowded, and especially with little children, they aren't very clean. Plus it's a bit of a walk.

Thank Miriahm D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit of a walk through the residential area from the parking lot, but so worth it! We had such a great time and saw so many fish! I'm so glad I found this little spot on TA!

1  Thank MammaLax
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tide pools are huge! and the colourful fish are plentiful. The tide pools are protected from the surf so you can explore in peace. At high tide you can easily go from one pool to the next. At some spots, the pools are quite...More

Thank yf163
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice spot but a bit smaller and shallower than expected for snorkeling. When you park before entering the subdivision we followed the markers to the left that said tide pools. About a 15 minute walk to the pools. We heard that there was a larger...More

Thank altaman55
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The world needs more places like this! So many types of fish and coral in this preserve. Hopefully folks will stop using oxygenated and other endocrine disrupting sun screens to save this and other marine preserves in Hawaii.

1  Thank Karin C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We really enjoyed snorkeling here during a recent visit to the Puna area. Quite a unique experience, discovering beautiful pools of colorful color and lots of fish within an extensive area protected by a barrier reef. Remember that you're basically in a residential area and...More

1  Thank Phil_in_Maine
Reviewed April 17, 2017

Our family arrived in the morning, as low tide was coming in. We LOVED exploring and snorkeling our way around different tidepools. There were shallow ones (2-3 feet deep) and deep ones (20 feet deep), and everything in between. We saw a wide variety of...More

Thank Anne C
Reviewed April 17, 2017

The west side of the island gets the acclaim for best snorkeling, but we were pleasantly surprised by this area. The shallow pools make it great for seeing dozens of different type of fish up close. You park at the entrance to the neighborhood and...More

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Wanetta W
Where can I find the tide times?
April 30, 2017|
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Response from fibersong | Reviewed this property |
Check tropical snorkeling. Slack high tide will keep uou above the reefs and you won't need to put feet or hands down, which damages the coral. Use hard soled warer shoes or reef shoes, not fins. I felt really weird... More
Abby B
Is there a fee to snorkel here??
April 19, 2017|
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Response from Choval | Reviewed this property |
There is no fee to snorkel here, a donation box for cleaning porta toilets is at the parking area.
Where can you get a snorkel and mask for the Kapoho Tide Pools?
January 2, 2017|
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Response from ColibriSMA | Reviewed this property |
You can rent in Hilo...........