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Kapoho Tide Pools

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Address: Waiopae Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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US$415.62*
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Big Island in 3 Days: Snorkeling, Hiking, Camping and Volcanoes National Park
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We had read some reviews regarding contamination of these tide pools due to septic systems and cesspools from neighborhood so we went elsewhere. Do your research

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
FERN L
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Joliet, Illinois
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Manistique, Michigan, United States
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This large natural warm pool is a unique experience. There is also a nice park there. My wife and I visited several times last year and enjoyed the experience. However, two things to keep in mind. It's best to wear water shoes. You will be walking on rocks. Second, locals advised us that the warm water can harbor bacteria when... More 

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Joliet, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had read some reviews regarding contamination of these tide pools due to septic systems and cesspools from neighborhood so we went elsewhere. Do your research

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Thank FERN L
Alice Springs, Australia
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very average snorkelling. Over rated in reviews. Small fish and very little dull coral. If you are an experience snorkeler like us it is disappointing but city people will enjoy it. Great visibility in most pools and perfect spot for children to snorkel. Super safe in water. Bad thing is that you have to park outside the exclusive residential area... More 

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Thank MarlooAlice
Oregon Coast, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A short walk through a residential neighborhood will bring you to a lovely spot on the SE coast of the Big Island where you can lounge on the rocks or snorkel to your heart's content, enjoying the warm water and abundant tropical fish.

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Thank Marie N
Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The snorkelling here was really great but we only had about an hour. It was a rainy day which worked great for our sunburns. The water was very warm and protected so it was perfect for my 8 year old to get a taste of how wonderful snorkelling can be. It is in a residential neighbourhood and parking is about... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went here after the sunrise lava tour was cancelled due to high wind/ waves. You can access by 7am with a beautiful sunrise and then head into the tide pools WITH WATER SHOES ON!!! It can be rocky. You would be shocked with the number of fish (closer to the right edge of the pools).

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Thank 777tina2015
Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in here to check out the pools. It was about a half mile walk to the pools from the parking lot. There was quite a variety of pools - shallow, small, large, deep - and there were a lot of snorkellers!

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Thank InToonwithWife
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been diving and snorkeling all over Hawaii and have never experienced a similar habitat. The abundance of coral was pristine. It was refreshing to see after the bleaching event from two years ago wiped out much of the corals elsewhere on the island. It is definitely worth the walk!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We borrowed bikes from our hotel and made a day of it - excellent choice, locals, activity, culture, beauty.

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Auburn, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed our time at the tide pools. We saw several different types of fish, and to swim within a school was really cool! Be sure to wear protective footwear, and preferably something that easily stays on your feet--I was in flip flops and that was a mistake with the rough terrain. The area where you park... More 

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