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 three feet deep. Ar­rive early, since there is limited park­ing, and check in with the golf re­sort’s se­cu­rity so that they can give you a hang­tag 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.

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