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. A visit to Kapoho Tide Pools represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Pahoa trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • You have to walk through a neighborhood to get there, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 mile, but it is worth it. Lots to see, no wave action at all, at least when we were there. Perhaps there is more at high tide.  more »
  • Despite the convoluted parking instructions some people give it’s not complicated: if you use gps (google or apple) it will take you to a private drive that has painfully clear signage directing you w...  more »
  • We had this place recommended by a local, she compared it to "swimming in an aquarium". We only struggled with getting a Taxi to take us. The taxi driver tried to taking us out of going here for a ran...  more »
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  • This was my favorite activity on the island. You'll need water shoes to navigate the lava rocks. Parking is at the entrance to a residential development. There is a $3 recommended donation and I highly suggest that visitors contribute. There are just not many free places like this left in the world. I saw tons of tropical fish and coral. It was not crowded at all. The water is on the cool side in places but not uncomfortable.
  • Great place to visit. It's a long walk to the pools. But we'll worth it. I took my 16 month daughter. She loved it. Try to pack everything on your back, arm carry things for this walk is labor intensive. Like all the other reviews, this is a beautiful place that is a must see if you want to snorkel, have kids want a safe place to relax and enjoy the ocean. Bring shade, water and walking and water shoes.
  • 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.
  • I love the tide pools!! It's my favorite place to swim down in kapoho. Good for snorkeling. It's a short walk through the neighborhood to the ponds. I had my 4th of July bbq/float here and it was awesome. Love this place.
  • Place is beautiful. Some residents are rude and obnoxious! Locals have a lot to say about the problem in the area and who's to blame. But in the end, it is the individuals that cause the problems that are at fault!

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