Wade in a Tide Pool
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.