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Kapoho Tide Pools

Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Big Island in 3 Days: Snorkeling, Hiking, Camping and Volcanoes National Park
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Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The Kapoho Tide Pools are a great place to relax and snorkel. Be prepared for the walk in - which takes a good 10 to 15 mins as you can't park nearby. I'd recommend bringing reef shoes or something to protect your feet while in...More

1  Thank WanderingShaun
Reviewed 4 days ago

the walk is the only negative here...you have to park a few blocks away to get to pools...but they are great and fish are varied and plentiful....water was pretty clear and felt really safe cause you are isolated from the waves and there is many...More

Thank Hibby922
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The tide pools provided a nice relaxing afternoon. The water was slightly warmer than the ocean and a lifeguard was stationed at the pools.

Thank Alalex70
Reviewed 1 week ago

Along the Southeast coast, you have not lot of spots to snorkeling or simply find a plave to go in the water. Kapoho tide pools is not a beach, you put your stuff on the lava rocks and here we go in the pools !...More

Thank gil40100
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fun adventure for sure. Our kids enjoyed snorkeling in the tide pools. There is some beautiful coral and marine life here, but we saw people standing on the coral even while we were there. This kills the coral, and unfortunately this location...More

Thank Trvlni
Reviewed 1 week ago

Bring your water shoes and your snorkel gear (fins help but not necessary) and time your visit for high tide! Nestled in a residential area that is committed to protecting and sharing this marine environment, you could easily spend a half day exploring these tide...More

Thank slp9700
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to snorkel for beginning snorkelers. There are no signs on the highway for the tide pools, so be sure to watch the road signs for Kapoho Kai road. There is a designated parking area for snorkelers and you will have to walk about...More

1  Thank dmlin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To get to the tide pools you park about half mile through a small town. The paths are clearly marked but if you have any kind of handicap might prove difficult to get to. Once you arrive, there isnt much shade as its all open...More

1  Thank Ryan G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here first during our trip to get the kids accustomed to snorkeling. We stayed on the Volcano side of the island for the first half of our trip, so this was a good place to go. It's not very crowded, and you can...More

Thank thismomtravels4
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a morning out on the water we hit this place for a relaxing soaking. It was a stunning spot with lovely warm water coming out from the rocks. Peaceful and tranquil.

Thank Yum2man
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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
Abby B
19 April 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.
3 January 2017|
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Response from ColibriSMA | Reviewed this property |
You can rent in Hilo...........