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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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  • Due to the 2018 eruption, access no longer exists. Tide pools are now under 60 feet of volcanic rock. If you turn left at the cement blocks, after driving through the gloomy lava fields, you can...  more »
  • This was a fantastic snorkel area about 8 ft deep max and loaded with plate type corrals. All buried now under several feet of new lava (and are really tough hike to get to). Bummer !  more »
  • Awesome! It was awesome for all that got to experience this coastline!! I grew up there in the70s and 80's!! I could type a book of beautiful memories but I leave it be!! It was what it was and God bless it all!! Aloha!
  • Great location to snorkel and relax. Very laid back small town. No services, so bring your lunch. You could spend an easy morning there. Just after a high tide is best.

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