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Kapoho Tide Pools, Pahoa
(4.4/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Swim and snorkel through vibrant coral when you visit Kapoho Tide Pools. Lower yourself into one of the pools, and float around to see numerous brightly colored fish. Be careful getting in, as the rocks can be slippery. Explore crevices in the rocks to see the fish swimming around, or just float and enjoy the water, which is volcanically heated and generally quite warm. Visitors are urged not to touch the coral or wear fins, as it kills the coral, but the pools are calm enough to explore without them. Take note that no public restrooms are available. For Kapoho Tide Pools and beyond, use our Pahoa vacation planner to get the most from your Pahoa vacation.
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  • It is shocking to be able to swim in these natural pools, with different species of fish and the ocean around. It is recommended to be careful with volcanic rocks since in some cases they are very sharp and slippery and can be a bit dangerous.
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  • Go when the tide is high for the best experience. Don't stand on coral or touch the turtles. Colorful fish and corals and some eels too. 
  • Great setting, good snorkelling. Parking is clearly marked and not too far from the pools. Sharp lava rocks, bring a chair or something to sit on and wear water shoes. Well worth it.