Check out this natural wonder during your next trip to Maui! The Nakalele Blowhole is a geyser that’s located just east of Poelua Bay. Every few minutes, the blowhole erupts, shooting powerful blasts of seawater up to 100 feet in the air. Surrounded by twisted lava formations, steep slopes, and the Pacific’s churning waves, Nakalele is one of only three natural blowholes in the world. It’s both a magical and mysterious sight to behold!
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Explore Nakalele Blowhole
There’s so much to see and do around the Nakalele Blowhole! First, park your car in the parking lot and hike down to the blowhole. The 250-foot trek starts out easy but becomes increasingly difficult near the sharp, volcanic rock. Hiking shoes are a must and sunscreen is highly recommended. Here’s what you’ll see on your excursion.
1. The Heart Rock
To the right of the blowhole, you’ll find a heart-shaped lava rock that is about a foot long and three feet up from the ground. It’s a lovely reminder of the beauty of Mother Nature and is an ever-popular place for a photo op. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
2. Nakalele Point Lighthouse
Another must-see is Nakalele Point Lighthouse. Although smaller than your typical lighthouse, Nakalele Point offers incredible views. Visitors can stand on the concrete slab adjacent to the light for expansive vistas of the tide pools, rocks, and crashing waves below.
3. The Acid War Zone
Between the lighthouse and blowhole, you’ll find a barren area where boulders have been severely eroded by years of saltwater spray. These rocks are strangely sculpted and perched precariously, making you feel like you’ve stepped into a post-apocalyptic world.
4. D.T. Fleming Beach
Want to spend a few hours relaxing in the sun? Visit D.T. Fleming Beach. This long, sandy beach is about 20 minutes west of Nakalele Point and features picnic tables, BBQ grills, restrooms, and showers, as well as a lifeguard-protected swimming area. Frequently named one of the best beaches in the world, D.T. is visited by both locals and tourists alike. It’s also a popular destination for surfers because of its large waves and winter swells. Be sure to always look at Hawaii’s ocean safety tips before going in the water.
5. Olivine Pools
On your way to or from the blowhole, stop and frolic at the beautiful Olivine tide pools that dot the rugged West Maui coastline. It’s best to visit early in the morning or late in the day, as this special spot tends to draw a crowd. The pools are ten minutes south of the blowhole via HI-340.
Important Safety Tips
While the Nakalele Blowhole is a popular tourist attraction and a fascinating spectacle, visitors must be aware that getting too close is extremely dangerous. The area’s rocky cliffs, combined with the blowhole’s unpredictable eruptions and vacuum-like effect, have sucked people in and have lead to multiple injuries and deaths. Stay at least 20 feet from the blowhole and look for warning signs when rough water is sweeping across the area. We promise the view is just as beautiful from afar!
Book Your Stay at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
After an incredible day of exploring and sightseeing, come home to The Old Wailuku Inn and unwind. Our property offers some of the best accommodations and amenities on Maui! Enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep in one of our comfortable guest rooms, then join us for a delicious homemade breakfast the next morning. You’ll feel refreshed, restored, and ready for another afternoon of adventure.
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