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Kapoho Tide Pools

Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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A great place to learn to snorkel

Our family was staying nearby at a VRBO. We went to the tide pools every day and had a great time... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
sunfun453
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Kalispell, Montana
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Snorkeling!!!

This is one of the best places to snorkel on the Big Island. It is a little awkward to get to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cindy F
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Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our family was staying nearby at a VRBO. We went to the tide pools every day and had a great time. If you want to snorkel there are lots of different sizes of pools to get into. Some are warmer than others also. Most pools...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best places to snorkel on the Big Island. It is a little awkward to get to because you access through a residential area. Best to go at high tide when the pools are fully submerged and you can swim over...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tide pools are a bit of a drive from Kona, but an easy day trip which should not be passed by. The coral is absolutely stunning, so colourful and so many different kinds. Does not appear to have the same bleaching as the coral...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a bit of a drive, especially from the Kona side, but it was worth it for us since the waves were too big on the other side of the island to snorkel. We were the first ones there in the morning. It was confusing...More

Thank Julia V
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful area, but no sand. There is a port a potty near the parking lot but no changing place. Access is through a residential neighborhood.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always a great time. Tends to get pretty busy, but we’ll worth it. Beautiful little community, very friendly residents. Please respect the local residents and their amazing community!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unlike the Kona side, on this side we don't have a lot of opportunities to access the ocean, being mostly cliff/rocky shorelines here. The tide pools in Kapoho give us this opportunity - if you watch the tide tables, the out going tide (low tide)...More

2  Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unless you have something giving instructions how to get here, this will be hard to find. The pools are very impressive. Unfortunately our visit was on a rainy day -- extremely common for this area -- and so minimized taking advantage of them. The drive...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went at high tide 2:30 pm. One person in our group had been before and is very experienced. If you come prepared with water shoes and good snorkel equipment and experience as well as someone who has been before you will have an unforgettable...More

1  Thank trailrunnerOpelikaAL
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow, this place is incredible ! We saw tons of fishes, eels, corals and other sea creatures over there. It was very adventurous to snorkel through this labyrinth of interconnected tide pools (my 8 year old loved it) as you pass through hot (from hot...More

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Reneezy B
20 April 2018|
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Response from Becky U | Reviewed this property |
Both Champagne Pond and Kapoho Tidepools are in gated communities. At Champagne Pond, you just need to take the walkway around the gate. Once inside, there aren't good markings on how to get there though. At Kapoho... More
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Debbie S
19 January 2018|
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Response from Robertinalaska | Reviewed this property |
No, there is not. But just up the road, 6K, there is a park with outdoor showers.....
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trfranzel
4 January 2018|
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Response from jadams444 | Reviewed this property |
I've seen people there with young ones. You must take care walking over the lava with little ones. if they are old enough to snorkel by all means it is a great place to go
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