Kapoho Tide Pools Big Island

This unusually large collection of tide pools and spring fed pools stretches almost a mile down the coast and extend up to 200 yards out into the ocean.Kapoho Tide Pools Hawaii - The Big Island

However, the feature that makes this site most interesting is the fact that some of the pools are heated -- volcanically heated! Many locals have incorporated some of the smaller pools into their property to use as swimming pools and "hot" tubs.Kapoho Tide Pools Hawaii - The Big Island

The warm, brackish water is usually very calm, relaxing, and rarely crowded.Kapoho Tide Pools Hawaii - The Big Island

A wide variety of fish are also attracted to the area so snorkeling is easy and fascinating.Kapoho Tide Pools Hawaii - The Big Island

Usually calm water but always use extreme caution around the ocean.  Kapoho Tide Pools Big Island

Wai'opae Ponds, adjacent to the ocean, are large ponds with good snorkeling and are located on public property.Kapoho Tide Pools Big Island

Wear beach shoes and use caution when walking on the rough and slippery rocks.

You can check out this beautiful coastal part of the island on the Big Island Volcano Helicopter Tour.


East of Pahoa, Big Island

Useful Information:

Take Highway 130 south from Pahoa. When it dead ends at Highway 137, turn right. Just before Mile Marker #9, turn left on Kapoho Kai Road. Take the next left on Kaheka and then right on Waiopae. The pools stretch for 1 mile along the coast.

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