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Kapoho Tide Pools

  • Kapoho-Kai Rd. Map It
  • Pahoa
  • Beach–Sight
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Kapoho Tide Pools, Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

    By Eli Duke from Portland, OR, USA [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Published 09/02/2015

Fodor's Review

Snorkelers find abundant coral reefs and the fish who feed off them in this large network of tide pools at the end of Kapoho-Kai Road. This is a great place for getting close-up looks at Hawaii's incredible marine life. Some of the pools have been turned into private swimming pools in this residential area; those closest to the ocean are open to all. The pools are usually very calm, and some are volcanically heated and divine to soak in. It's best to come during the week, as the pools can get crowded on weekends. Note: At this writing, lava flows were threatening to block Highway 130, which would cut off visitor access to this area. Evacuation routes will be for resident use only. Until that happens, the area is still open to the public. Some storm debris washed into some of the pools during Hurricane Iselle in 2014, so use caution when entering. Take the road to the end, turn left, and park. Amenities: none. Best for: snorkeling.

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Kapoho-Kai Rd., off Hwy. 130, about 9 miles southeast of Pahoa Town, Pahoa, Hawaii, 96778, United States

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Published 09/02/2015


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