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“Kapoho Tide Pools/Champagne Ponds”
Review of Kapoho Tide Pools

Kapoho Tide Pools
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Pahoa
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Reviewed February 14, 2009

This place is wonderful.
We stayed in a rental near Champagne Pond --huge tide pool with freshwater hot springs, lots of fish, and even a few sea turtles.
The swimming was perfect for our toddler. One heads up for people with little kids: the area is rocky so be sure to bring reef shoes or something else waterproof for the little kids (and yourself) to wear.

9  Thank kermitthefrog007
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Reviewed September 12, 2008

This area is beautiful, quiet, and peaceful. Our rental house was very nice, and we saw a lot of nice ones around here, and a few dumps. I would avoid a rental house right on the tidepools area, because there are a lot of people coming through to use the tidepools, and on weekends it's very busy with locals too.

I have to comment though on the sewage problem. It is real, you can see banks of toilet paper wash up on the rocks after a good rain, and a brown scum where the wind blows. It was very disappointing, because otherwise this area is great for snorkeling and hanging out. But after a few days even our favorite spot for going out had toilet paper and brown scum where you go in. This is really bad, and the neighborhood and the government know about it and say there is no money to deal with it. The Tidepools themselves are a natural conservation area, but not a park or any federal designation. So there is not the policing of the sewage problem there would be if it were managed by Parks or Feds.

This problem was apparent at the Tidepools area of Vacationland, but not at Kapoho Beach Lots. We saw no evidence of sewage in that area. Champagne pond is very clean, i think it's very safe.

10  Thank Tuckers_Kahuna
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Reviewed September 30, 2007

We visited Kapoho in July 2007, renting a 2 BR house for 3 nights in the private community. The house was average, but the neighbors and our private pond were terrific!

The private pond to our house, as almost all homes in this community have, was very warm, clean and stocked with fish. The kids learned to love snorkeling by watching the fish in our pond. We saw some amazing fish, right there in our back yard. We also snorkeled in the local public ponds. It was so amazing how many turltes we saw! We would float quietly above one huge turle for several minutes, turn around and do it over and over again. They were used to people and we felt honored to be in their presense. There were tons of baby tropical fish too, as the public ocean-access pond served as a nursery.

It was the 4th of July, and we picked up fireworks on our drive through Hilo. After dark we set them off, worried about disturbing our neighbors. Within minutes a huge crowd of people with their kids joined us and we had a huge fireworks party in the street. Everyone was friendly and eager to offer tips for having a great time.

For new visitors to Kapoho, be sure to stock up on supplies as you'll be mostly cooking at home, and the local grocery store is not that close nor that big. It really is a "home" vacation, but we never wanted to leave - the ponds and nice neighborhood was all we needed.

Visit "A Piece of Paradise" website at http://apoparadise.com/ for home rental information. If you like a relaxing, laid back vacation, this is a must!

2  Thank Love4CentralAmerica
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Reviewed July 19, 2007

We stayed at a vacation rental in a gated community. We had a "warm pond" (a volcanicly heated brackish tide pool) just steps outside of our 2 bdrm house. Rates were higher than our last stay a couple of years before (steps into the ocean bay), but it was better for our toddler to float in the warm water.

Kapoho has some beautiful snorkeling in a reef protected bay. Fish and colors abound in the marine sanctuary, with no need to wory about large waves pounding you around. Just down the road is the "hot pond" for soaking, and past that is the boat ramp at Pohoiki. Continue on down the "Red Road" past Kehena Black Sand Beach (watch out, clothing optional... Lots of locals there) on to Kaimu for lunch at Verna's (better hurry, we heard they were closing) at the end of the road. Hike out over the lava laid down over the site of Kalapana in the 1980's eruptions to the New Beach. Take along a sprouted coconut to plant along with the thousands that the locals have planted.

7  Thank GoldDiver
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