Wade in a Tide Pool

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - WATERWORLD -

Tide pools are mini-ecosys­tems boast­ing ev­ery­thing from Mo­ray eels to co­ral reef life and fish. Th­ese pools tend to be shal­low with calm, clear wa­ters for ca­sual snor­kel­ing or toe-dip­ping, and the Big Is­land has numer­ous great spots to splash around.

Kikaua Point Beach, near Kailua-Kona, is a kid-friendly op­tion with a sand-bot­tom pool only around 3 feet deep. Ar­rive early, since there is lim­ited park­ing, and check in with the golf re­sorts’ se­cu­rity so that they can give you a hang-tag and di­rec­tions. Lo­cated on Kukio Nui Road, near the 87 mile marker.

Wawaloli Beach is more of a shel­tered swim­ming hole, per­fect for when the surf is high. This spot of­fers tide pools that

boast fish, anemones and scut­tling crabs. This beach park also features benches, trees, re­strooms and plenty of space to pic­nic or rest, though it doesn’t have a life­guard. It is lo­cated in Kalaoa on Queen Ka‘ahu­manu High­way, near the 94-mile marker.

Waiopae Tide Pools Marine Pre­serve, south of Pa­hoa, isn’t ex­actly a sandy beach; in­stead, the area is a maze of tide pools full of fish and sea life. It is rarely crowded, since it’s so far off the main drag. To get here from the Hilo side, head south on High­way 132, then go east on High­way 132 to High­way 137. Af­ter 1.1 miles, turn east on Kapoho Kai Drive and fol­low signs to a small pub­lic park­ing lot and ac­cess point.

WARN­ING: The tide pools near the open ocean are fronted by pow­er­ful waves. Never turn your back on the ocean. Don’t walk on rocks that look wet near break­ing surf. Bring shoes or san­dals to wade, since lava rock can be sharp.

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