Big Island Sights

Kapoho Tide Pools

  • Kapoho-Kai Rd. Map It
  • Pahoa
  • Beach–Sight
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

Snorkelers will find abundant coral reefs and the fish that live within them in this large network of tide pools at the end of Kapoho-Kai Road. It was once much larger. In 1960 a destructive eruption destroyed much of this area, and this is what's left. Fortunately, what's left is wondrous. 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 (before shoreline regulations were in place); 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. Take the road to the end, turn left, and park. Amenities: none. Best for: snorkeling.

  • Kapoho Tide Pools, Pahoa, Big Island, Hawaii, USA

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

Sight Information


Kapoho-Kai Rd., off Hwy. 130, Pahoa, Hawaii, 96778, USA

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Published 01/10/2017


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