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Kapoho Tide Pools

Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Off Hwy 137 take Kapoho-Kai Road just before mile marker 9 to the unique collection of tide pools, some spring fed, some volcanically heated, some adjacent to the ocean. Wai'opae Ponds are next to the Pacific and are open to the public. There is a...More

Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a few extra hours in the Puna area of the Big Island during our recent vacation, and decided to go to the Kapoho Tide Pools. And it was really fun: imagine a large lava field stretching away to the beach, in which the...More

Thank sheri010
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were fortunate to be able to rent a house on the tide pools, so we had access 24/7. This was the most incredible vacation we have ever had. Being big snorkelers and having snorkeled in most of the best areas...even in the Caribbean....the Kapoho...More

1  Thank gldnpupper27
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Long walk from where you park. It is very rocky to get to deep enough water. Great snorkeling!!! Lots of beautiful fish.

Thank Elapam74
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here early, so there were only a few more people with us. There were many tide pools to choose from. Even though my sisters don't know how to swim , they still enjoy it very much with the helping of the floating noodles...More

Thank KieuK2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was some of the best snorkeling we did on Hawaii and Oahu because of the clear visibility and ease of entry. We saw lots of fish, colorful coral, and a Moray eel. You have to park a ways away and walk through a neighborhood...More

Thank _beckphoto2002
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We snorkelled here in early August 2017. The site has amazingly clear waters and many heated pools. We enjoyed "jumping" from pool to pool which really mostly involves a really shallow water float-and-pull or actually standing and just stepping over the rocky barriers. If you...More

1  Thank Sbucklaschuk
Reviewed 5 weeks 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 15 August 2017

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 15 August 2017 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.

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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...........