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Kapoho Tide Pools

Wai'opae Road, Kapoho, HI 96778
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  • 81%
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  • Kapoho Tide Pools
    Brandi N
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    4 Oct 17, 2013

    Best snorkeling spot. It's quite a drive from most places, maybe 30 minutes from Hilo, but it's a scenic drive and it's worth it.

    Recommended for:Adventure TravelersBudget TravelersOutdoor Enthusiasts
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    Jason B
    5 Sep 13, 2013

    This is a great place to snorkel with the kids, and it's just down the road from the lava heated Hot Ponds.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    Sherri A
    5 Sep 13, 2013

    Had a wonderful time here (July 2013) with my 3 young grandkids. I will be returning with my husband and son for an more extensive exploration in a few months. This is an amazing stretch of beach with unbelievable tide pools. Use Google maps to get directions. It can be difficult to find and the parking is very limited. Parking is maintained by the residences of the area and there is a donation box which I recommend dropping a few dollars in.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    Clyde S
    4 Jul 21, 2013

    We stayed near these during our first visit to Hawaii. Great to just walk around during low tide and pretty good snorkeling during high tide.

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    Gary T
    5 Jul 03, 2013

    Opae Ponds offer a unique setting of lava ponds and unusual coral. Great place to spend a few hours and enjoy the wide ocean panorama

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    Mike G
    4 Jun 18, 2013

    I believe this is the best snorkeling on the entire Big Island. Imagine beachfront homes that have their own private swimming pools created from lava flows that have created numerous large tide pools. Most are 2-4 feet deep and filled with many fish. There is hardly any current most of the time and there are rarely more than a dozen snorkelers in the entire area. It's also close to many of the other great natural attractions in the Puna area including the lava castings in Lava Tree State Park, the lava-heated pool at Ahalanui Park, the lava-heated natural hot tub adjacent to Isaac Hale State park and the natural steam baths in the tephra lava fields.

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    Joanie L
    5 Jun 06, 2013

    Some of the best snorkeling can be found on a sunny day here at the Waiopae tidepools of Kapoho. Off of Hiway 137 (the Red Road), take Kapoho Kai Road and park at the end. Walk through the jungle trail to the lava lined beach. You will see many different kinds of fish and colorful coral. It's like swimming from one large aquarium to another. One of my favorite things to do on a day off! Go during high tide. There are no facilities here.

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    Brent S
    5 Jun 02, 2013

    A little hard to find with an honor system parking fee but well worth a visit. These are very large tidal pools that you can snorkel in. We even saw an octopus.

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    Fern N
    5 May 11, 2013

    Go morning to get parking space also clouds begin to drift in later in the day.
    The pools farthest out are better. Great coral and tropical fish. Wear reef shoes.

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    Tom & Missy P
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    5 Apr 26, 2013

    This is a favorite for snorkelers! Warm brackish water heated from the volcano and deep fish filled tide pools make this a great place to relax and snorkel for locals and visitors. Hot spring ponds, lush tropical plants, and deep blue sea against the black lava is mesmerizing!

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    Nam Nguyen
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Absolutely stunning...and breathtaking!

    Tucked away in a small subdivision of homes and vacation rentals, you'll find a gorgeous collection of Tide Pools in Kapoho. Scores of pools are available and deep enough for swimmers and snorklers. Stunning coral and beautiful fishes are abundant in the pools so be sure to bring your snorkels to view them. The waters are pretty calm in the inner pools though we saw some significant breaks at the outer rings. Since the area is covered with black lava rock, I recommend wearing some water shoes as it's somewhat slippery--and hot from the sun.

    Although I've read that some of the pools do contain warm waters from being volcanically heated, we didn't stumble across any.

    Parking is available in a small lot with a suggested donation fee to park there. Additional parking is available at the side of the roads. Also, note that there are no bathrooms or showers at the Tide Pools.

    A definite RECOMMEND!!

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    Mike & Laura
    5 Jun 19, 2014

    Another must stop are the tide pools. Plan a whole day for this one.

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    Nature
    3 Apr 19, 2014

    ♥Great Place♥

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    Ted P
    5 Mar 31, 2014

    Plenty of Colorful Fish to view while snorkeling.

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    4 Feb 05, 2014

    Well known as the best snorkeling spot on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii.

    Recommended for:Green TravelersLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsWellness
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    Devin J
    5 Jul 06, 2013
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    Kawehi C
    5 Jul 02, 2013

    30 miles from property but a nice tourist spot.

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    Susan H
    5 Jun 05, 2013

    Check your tide tables. The best swimming is during higher tides.

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    Kristin Frazier-Cheek
    5 May 28, 2013
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4.5 out of 5
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26 people visited Kapoho Tide Pools