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Kapoho Tide Pools

Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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No geothermal ponds

We were looking for geothermal pools and one travel guide sent us there... but when we got there we... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Victoria, Canada

This is a great place to snorkel on the Hilo side of the Island. Not difficult to find, easy to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Keaau, Hawaii
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Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were looking for geothermal pools and one travel guide sent us there... but when we got there we asked people if they know of some thermal pools and no one was aware of that... they advised to go to Ahalanui, a few km farther...More

Thank Taqulik
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great place to snorkel on the Hilo side of the Island. Not difficult to find, easy to park and walk to the tide pools. Don't leave anything in your car unless you want it ripped off by some meth heads. Your car...More

Thank HawaiiPhil2014
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stay in Kapoho because of these great tidepools and snorkel at least daily, if not twice a day. The somewhat hidden entrance between the trees at the south end of the road provides an amazingly safe entry for snorkelers at any level-- and because...More

Thank Devwlaw
Reviewed 5 days ago

The tide pools are nice and calm - no surf. We took old tennis shoes to wear when we snorkeled so that our feet didn't get beat up. We had snorkeled at Champaign Pool and at other beaches on the island - this place was...More

Thank Becky U
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great way to spend sometime watching fish and the waves. This is a great learning experience for kids and terrific snorkeling. Plus, it’s free!

Thank groupleader45212
Reviewed 1 week ago

The sun kept coming and out and the water was warm! Huge variety of fishes to watch for. The water was nice and calm since the pools are protected from the ocean itself.

Thank Mohit V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good place for snorkeling with kids, and also many activities and things to do with the kids. This is a hidden gem in the island.

Thank JuanFernandez
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the best snorkeling places in Hilo. It is easy to get to, just follow the 'tide pool' directions printed on the road once you have parked your car. Respect that you have to walk through private residential property to get to...More

1  Thank Juliana C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We snorkelled along the west side of the island, and then the east side – and saw more fish and reef – with less tourists here. This is a great spot to snorkel for an hour or two, especially in high tide. Look up the...More

1  Thank Nunavut_bc
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is nice and easy access to pools Warm water. I have a 5 yr old and an 8yr old, they had a blast. Showers are cold and a little far from the pools.

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Debbie S
19 January 2018|
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Response from Robertinalaska | Reviewed this property |
No, there is not. But just up the road, 6K, there is a park with outdoor showers.....
4 January 2018|
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Response from Jena_TX87 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Make sure the tide is up though
Wanetta W
30 April 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