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Kapoho Tide Pools

Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Amazing snorkeling!

We absolutely loved this place! The diversity of sea life here is astounding and you feel extremely... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
Sheltered area to snorkel, lots of sea life to see.

You have to walk through a neighborhood to get there, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 mile, but it is worth it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Keith C
Medford, Oregon
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Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We absolutely loved this place! The diversity of sea life here is astounding and you feel extremely safe in the tide pools. The water is crystal clear and you see this strange viscous phenomenon in the water as hot water mixed with cold. There are...More

Thank Angelalau77
Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to walk through a neighborhood to get there, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 mile, but it is worth it. Lots to see, no wave action at all, at least when we were there. Perhaps there is more at high tide.

Thank Keith C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Despite the convoluted parking instructions some people give it’s not complicated: if you use gps (google or apple) it will take you to a private drive that has painfully clear signage directing you where to park if you aren’t a resident. Then a 5 or...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had this place recommended by a local, she compared it to "swimming in an aquarium". We only struggled with getting a Taxi to take us. The taxi driver tried to taking us out of going here for a range of reasons. I'm SO glad...More

1  Thank SeenManyThings
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had rented a house on the tidepools for just this reason. Like others have said, you have to park a ways outside the development and walk in. Our rental house was the first one at the end of the road, where most people will...More

Thank cruisin*tigger
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Place is amazing. Quiet, peaceful and water warm and crystal clear. Park on dirt outside of community gate. $3 recommendation for parking donation. Follow paved road straight in signs on ground point way. There is more than one pond. Nice homes respect property. People are...More

2  Thank Joe D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great spot! Makes you feel really adventurous! They’re are lava tide pools nice and warm. Tons of fish. You park at the designated area then walk through a neighborhood and enter at the beach area. Has a total local vibe.

Thank Rachael J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The collapsed lava tubes here form an uncountable number of small ponds, pools, and small lakes, all protected by the lava reef break. There is no sand here, and no beach to lounge on, but that makes the water clarity just spectacular, regardless of the...More

1  Thank Oren J
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Nice snorkeling place with lots of sea life. Just be careful with the rocks, they can be sharp for the feet but its a nice place to relax and see all the marine life activity.

Thank Patrick M
Reviewed 10 October 2017

On our recent trip to Hawaii this was a must do, per all the locals. There is a plethora of fish. If you're looking to capture great underwater footage this is the place to go. Remeber to park your car in the "visitor's" parking lot,...More

Thank racheve91
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Wanetta W
1 May 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
20 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...........