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Kapoho Tide Pools, Pahoa

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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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  • We loved renting a place close-by and really enjoyed walking around and snorkeling. So many different fish to see! All the neighbors we saw were friendly and it was just lovely! I highly recommend it ...  more »
  • We didn't bring our snorkeling gears so we couldn't get into the water, but even by standing on the shore, we can see a lots of different kinds of fishes swimming in the water. This tide pool is locat...  more »
  • Tidepools were full of life. What a beautiful spot. We had our choice of many private tidepools, no crowding whatsoever. Everyone was friendly, too.  more »
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  • The tide pools were an amazing sight and the snorkeling was the best. We went as a group with adults and kids. It was a great place for little ones to explore the shallow pools and for the older kids and adults to get out into the deeper pools. The fish and coral were beautiful. Just make sure that you don't damage the coral by tromping on it or by using sunscreen containing Oxybenzone. Finally, you might want to bring a first aid kit..The lava rock is sharp!
  • The worst. Long walk, no place at all to hang out or relax, coral all dead, not that much variety in the fish, and I saw some suspicious stuff in the parking area. A guy halfheartedly acting like he was going to set up a stand to sell fruit, but no fruit to be seen. We left for a bit to get some lunch, but when we came back, guess what? All of the cars broken into and that guy was gone! Not worth it, head to Volcano Park to hike and go to snorkel down at 2 step. Avoid Kaphoho.
  • Getting here was interesting. You have to drive down a couple of private roads and then park in the designated parking area. From there you walk a few blocks through a residential area to the tide pools (there are directional arrows to the tidepools stenciled on the road). There is no beach per say, just a lot of sharp lava rocks with tidepools in them. The tidepools are amazingly clear and we saw a ton of fish, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers. Only a couple downsides. The lava is sharp, everyone got cuts and scraps. Also the lava gets really slippery where there is algae on it (both in the water and out). You need water shoes and even then people were slipping everywhere. There also wasn't really a good place to plop down a blanket or towel, I actually wish we would have brought a couple chairs. My son who is 10 years old was a bit freaked out by the whole thing but ended up enjoying the snorkeling after a bit. I really wouldn't come here with kids much younger than that. One of our friends had a two year old and this place is a nightmare with a toddler (big cracks in the lava rocks to fall in, sharp rocks everywhere, and the depth in the tidepools is unpredictable). This is a unique and interesting place and we are happy we stopped by. Just bring some band-aids along and be prepared to move slowly across the slick rocks.
  • Awesome experience. The walk in is long, and longer out especially when dark, but it is worth it. The water is nice and the fish are beautiful. Snorkeling is awesome here.
  • Really neat tidepools. You have to park a bit away and walk into the nneighborhood. Be prepared to wait for a parking spot, as there are only a few and parking outside the designated area will get you in trouble. Also, be aware that this is a super rocky beach and not sandy. The tidepools are worth the trouble, but this is not a beach for sunbathing.