Champagne Pond (Big Island) [CLOSED] - Hot Springs in Hawaii


Human beings are not only the creatures that likes warm springs.

In Japan, wild monkeys enjoy the hot water, whose sight is very popular among tourists.

In Hawaii, you can soak in springs with tropical fish and even with marine turtles (with any luck).


In June 2018, this place  was lost in a lava flow from the eruption of Kilauea volcano.

Cape Kumukahi

In the east side of the Big Island, some warm springs are gushing due to the volcanic activities.

Gated Community1

Today I will visit a warm spring in a gated community, so that only the residents and guests can enter the approach path.

Gated Community2

Actually, there is a back road.

Set the aim at Cape Kumukahi Lighthouse, the easternmost point of the Hawaiian islands, and turn right in front of it and break through the rough road.

Cape Kumukahi Light

Jimmy Emerson, DVM - Cape Kumukahi Light (2016)

All most all rental car companies prohibit driving on dirt roads.

However, I believe it upside down to comply with the rule and fail to enjoy the great outdoors.

Pay additional fees, rent a SUV, and go into the rough dirt road with full attention.

Black Beach1

This is the connecting point of Champagne Pond to the Pacific Ocean.

Black Beach2

Bubbling cove


The cove surrounded by a residential area has clear and crystal water.


Be careful because some ponds are in private properties.

Clear Water2

The water temp is tepid, around 88 degrees F at the highest.

Clear Water3

You will find the greatest characteristic in the sound; the name of Champagne comes from the sound of bursting bubbles that the hot spring gushing with gas creates.

Clear Water1

Here is ideal for snorkeling, and you will see a variety of tropical fish and even a marine turtles (with a little bit of luck).

Tropical Fish2

At the unique warm spring in the world, you can enjoy soaking with marine creatures.

Tropical Fish1
So, everything disappeared.
New hot springs may be found.
Swimming 01


Champagne Pond, Kapoho, Hawaii, U.S.

My rating

Type: Undeveloped

Rule: Clothing required

Chemical use: No

Water temp: Up to 88 degrees F

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If you like to avoid entering the dirt road, it is physically possible to park your car at Kapoho Tide Pool’s parking lot and to walk to Champagne Pond (not recommended).

Kapoho Tide Pools
Kapoho Tide Pool [CLOSED]

In the tide pool, too, hot water is gushing due to the geothermal heat in this area.

  • Writer

Hot Springer Ken

A hot spring enthusiast based in Japan. Toured over 300 North American hot springs while working in Texas from 2016 to 2022. For updates, visit X or Instagram!

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