If you like to snorkel, then the Kapoho Tide Pools are the place for you. Known for having some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island, the pools are home to a vivid underwater world teeming with a huge array of tropical colorful fish, sea urchins and the occasional eel. Making a home in the lava rock coast line, the many pools are connected by black lava paths.
Spashing in the natural pools — Photo courtesy of Sequoia Heuer
You'll want to bring lunch and water when spending some time at the pools since the nearest town, shops and restaurants are about 20 minutes away. Solid lava rock, not sand, is what you'll be laying on to sunbathe, but it's surprisingly comfortable and the sun is usually shining strongly down here along the coast.
Endless swimming pools — Photo courtesy of ediduke
Be careful of where you place your belongings, because the pools rise and fall with the tide and can eventually creep up high enough to get your stuff wet. There aren't any bathrooms or showers here, so be prepared. You most likely won't be alone while visiting the pools, but it will never be truly crowded either.
To get here, head down Highway 137 and turn right at the four corner intersection. Then go right on Kapoho Kai Road. Continue down to Wai`opae Road.