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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 2 days 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

Thank Oren J
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice tidepools only about half a mile from the parking area. Worth the walk. Nice coral inside the pools. Lots of tiny, tiny baby fish. Plus tons of large schools. Try to time it to visit at high tide. Tons of structure underwater to look...More

Thank Krystal D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved snorkeling around during high-tide so many fish and things to see. Don't even bother going I'd you don't have shoes to wear. I cut my toe badly going barefoot but it still was a great time.

1  Thank Josh P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Naturally heated by lava remains and also spring fed, the swimming pond offers a refreshing chance to cool off while looking and standing right next to the crashing waves on volcanic rock. I've never seen anything like this.

Thank Pete H
Reviewed 5 weeks 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

1  Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 7 September 2017

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 September 2017

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 29 August 2017

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

Thank Elapam74
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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...........