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“Park is beautiful, tidepool is . . . Meh.”
Review of Ahalanui Park

Ahalanui Park
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Ranked #6 of 24 things to do in Pahoa
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Happy Valley, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Park is beautiful, tidepool is . . . Meh.”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

This is a beautiful park, well-maintained grounds, great for a picnic at one of the tables. The locals call this place "rich man's pond." We were there on a Sunday. It was a bit crowded, but really nothing compared to other weekend spots. We arrived before noon and had no trouble parking. When we were leaving an hour later, however, we noticed people having trouble finding places to park.
The pool itself was murky and a bit too warm. While some reviews will say this is a very large man-made pool, I beg to differ. It's so warm and murky on the side next to the park that people tend to swim near the ocean-fed end where the water is fresh and clear. We ended up swimming only briefly before rinsing off at the shower (the showers are okay). There weren't many fish to see if you're looking for snorkeling.
The cool thing about this park is that it's like a local swimming pool- where local families picnic and grill (there are barbeque's available, so bring your charcoal!) and there's a staff of lifeguards to make it a safe place for family swimming.
My rating of "very good" is a compromise between the tidepool (average) and the park setting (excellent).

Visited August 2012
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2012

I'd read reviews of other springs and really wanted to go. I rented a cottage nearby and was warned by the owners of sewage issues, but NOT at Ahalanui State Park. I had SUCH a great swim and snorkel. I saw so many fish (one little, brave guy that kept looking me in the eye). Great park, well maintained and comfortable. All ages, all sizes, all nationalities...all swimsuit styles (lol). Great day.

Visited September 2012
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

The water in the pond was very warm and clear for our visit . Not salty at all, I could open my eyes under the water. The ocean was raging and we had an awesome view of some surfers. There were less than ten people in the water. We stayed several days at the tide pools so we were only a few minutes down the road. If you're in the Pahoa area, check it out.

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Forked River NJ
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151 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Very local, very rural...water is nice if warm”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

We went here 3 times. Stayed nearby at the Castle in Hawaii vacation rental. (route 137) There is a lifeguard, showers and portable restrooms. Bring food, water and chairs if you can. Shady areas help make it a place to spend an afternoon. Pool is mostly in open sun. Once we went it was cool...then a few days later it was almost as warm as a hottub. This is nature at its best.

Visited July 2012
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Redlands, California
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77 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Like a minieral spring its heated bu the volcano to 90-95 degrees”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

If you visiting volano national park or Hilo, make the journey over to this area. Its a man made swimming area fed by a natural spring that is heated by the volcano rocks deep down under. There is a small channel at one end that allows ocean water to fill it at high tide. The water is still nice and warm even when the ocean water comes in from the channel. We had a nce picnic here. The park has structures to eat under and is monitored by a lifeguard. There are nice showers to clean off when your done. A twnety minute drive from hil but its 2.5 hours from Kona. We will spend the night in Hilo town when we are spending time on the east side.

Visited August 2012
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