Located on the Big Island's east shore at Kapoho Bay, the Kapoho Tide Pools
offer a unique outdoor bathing experience. There are numerous and
interconnecting tide pools that extend up to 200 yards (183 m) offshore.
Many of them are large and deep enough to provide enough room for
swimmers and snorkelers. Some of the pools are volcanically heated and
quite warm, up to about 90 degrees F (32.2 C).
In the outer pools near the surf break, a wide variety of sea life can be seen, such as fish, crabs, shellfish and sea cucumbers. However, it is best to stay away from the surf line and further inshore because strong rip currents are common further out.
The inner pools are almost always calm (except during periods of strong surf and storms) and are a good area for snorkeling, since the water here is clear and protected. During calm days, the fishing conditions are good at the edge of the reef. This is also the time when scuba divers explore the outer edges of the reef, which they access via boat from offshore.