Kapoho Tide Pools
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- 98%Adventure Travelers
- 98%Green Travelers
- 85%Family Travelers
- 81%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 81%Local Culture
- 66%Budget Travelers
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- Kapoho Tide PoolsSep 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:
- Kapoho Tide PoolsJun 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.
- Kapoho Tide PoolsJun 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.
- Kapoho Tide PoolsMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFoodies+ 3Apr 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!
- Kapoho Tide PoolsFirst to ReviewJul 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!!