Puako Tide Pools
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Paddle to one or two snorkeling sites in Puako's pristine, less-traveled waters. Water depth is about 20ft; swim through underwater...
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Brown's Beach House
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Puako Tide Pools information
Lonely Planet review
Puako is known for giant tide pools, set in the swirls and dips of the pahoehoe coastline. Some pools are deep enough to shelter live coral and other marine life. There's no sandy beach, but a narrow strip of pulverized coral and lava covers the shore.
To get to the pools, park along the road near one of six signposted 'beach access' paths. The easiest access is probably the southernmost path: stop just before the 'Road closed 500 feet' sign. Take the short dirt road toward a small cove that's used for snorkeling and shore diving; note that the surf is generally too rough in winter. A couple of minutes' walk north brings you to a few petroglyphs, a board for konane (a game similar to checkers) chinked into the lava, and tide pools deep enough to cool off in.