If you appreciate a good tidepool like I do, and enjoy finding all kinds of neato wildlife, you’re going to appreciate these spots. If you’re more of a “sit in the tidepool and sunbathe” kind of person, I’ve got one of those for you too. Many of the same commandments as turtles apply when it comes to the creatures that inhabit the tidepools. Urchins can and will sting you, sea cucumbers will literally expel their guts out their anus if you mishandle them (gross and not good), and many of the shells have inhabitants.
Commandment #5: RESPECT. (Looking for commandments 1-4? Read the Sea Turtles section)
Best Off-The-Beaten Path Tidepool
20.797001225414654, -156.4957733020048 ß these are the coordinates. Put that in your GPS. I’ve found baby eels, starfish, cowrie, and some really interesting shells in there. You’ll need to park at the park or right after it.
Open this link on your phone to get directions to this spot in Ma’alaea: https://goo.gl/maps/ZZrpJywLrHAhEuAm9
Best Sitting Tidepool
I’ve seen some neat things in the tidepools, but these are calm and great for sitting and catching rays without being knocked over. Great for a good selfie if you want one! Right in front of the Five Palms restaurant. The link is for the free public parking and beach access.
Open this link on your phone to get directions to this spot in Kihei: https://goo.gl/maps/f98LK8Hmmyz5b1Yb8
Best Accessible Tidepool
Charley Young Beach (which is a blended beach with Kamaole 1) has a great cluster of tidepools as far down to the right as you can go. Be mindful what you step on! You might get hurt, you might hurt someone small and spiky!
Open this link on your phone to get directions to this spot in Kihei: https://goo.gl/maps/rLuMShMShrYh7ohLA