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Kapoho Tide Pools

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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Great place to visit and swim. Beautiful, clear water and tide pools. Not crowded at all. Good picnicking place also.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rockwall, Texas
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Rockwall, Texas
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great place to visit and swim. Beautiful, clear water and tide pools. Not crowded at all. Good picnicking place also.

Thank buddylips
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a family vacation last month & went to the kapoho tide pools, my kids have a blast, was very difficult to get them out of the water, they love snorkling to see all the fish in there. Water was absolutely perfect!

1 Thank anal756
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a gorgeous spot. We went at high tide and snorkelled through eight or nine pools. There were tons of fish and getting between the pools was really easy. The coral was sharp so I'd recommend watching out

Thank Sean H
Indiana, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You park in the community parking lot at the end of Kapoho Kai St (can donate $3 or not) and walk 10 minutes into the lava pools. I prefer to stay completely sheltered in landlocked pools (swimming from one to another) but some people head toward the sea. Lots of fish and some coral. Be prepared to walk across very,... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful spot- short walk but it was worth. Definitely need a reef shoe as it's all rock but beautiful reef n fish. No rest room n no life guard but worth visiting! Go to the end big pool as that has more things to see

Thank Nashilowa
Ancaster, Canada
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A truly amazing experience! We spent the whole day at the tide pools and wanted to go back the next day. An awesome experience...but bring beach chairs because the tide pool rocks are likely the most uncomfortable place to lounge.

Thank lynyrd12
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was amazing these tide pools went on forever. You could spend the day just swimming these pools. The location is beautiful, and the wildlife colorful. It's a nice place to unwind.

1 Thank Brook J
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5 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed on Hale Hui along the Kapoho Tide Pools and we were astounded and the tranquility and serenity of the Pools... So glad we made the decision to take the road less traveled!

Thank gkre1212
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There's a small parking area and then a 10 minute walk through private neighborhoods to the tide pools. The variety of fish within reach is fabulous. Snorkel or just stay in depths you can stand in and the fish are everywhere. Be sure to wear shoes and protect your hands as well as the corral when you wade around.

Thank alimouse
Lindsay, Canada
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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 own very large - larger than an Olympic pool, warmer than a pool and stocked... More 

Thank Don M

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