Soak in a Nat­u­ral Hot Tub

101 Things to Do (Big Island) - - IT’S A BIG, BIG ISLAND -

Pele also deserves ku­dos for her pi­o­neer­ing work with ther­mal ponds; long be­fore any­one in­vented hot tubs, Hawai‘i Is­land was gur­gling and steam­ing with nat­u­rally heated mod­els fu­eled by warm ther­mal springs.

Th­ese nat­u­rally heated hot tubs form when ground wa­ter moves through magma-hot rocks on its way to the sea, and then mixes with cold wa­ter.

Kapoho Tide Pools are a se­ries of in­ter­con­nected ther­mal tide pools that some­times ex­tend up to 200 yards into the ocean. Nearby Isaac Hale Beach Park also is the site of a se­ries of hot springs. This site is found on Poho‘iki Bay at the junc­ture of Poho‘iki Road and Kamu-Kapoho Road.

‘Ahanalui Pool, in the beach park of the same name, is a spring-fed ther­mal pool where the wa­ter tem­per­a­ture tends to hover around 90 de­grees Fahren­heit. The pond, a mix­ture of hot wa­ter from ther­mal springs and ocean wa­ter, is crys­tal clear and gen­er­ally safe enough for small chil­dren. The park has re­strooms, show­ers and a pic­nic area, but there are no drink­ing wa­ter or camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

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