For many people, swimming in a natural pool or hot spring is a bucket list activity. And, there are plenty to choose from on Maui! One of the most popular spots is the Olivine Pools. These dramatic tidepools sit amongst lava rocks at the ocean’s edge. They’re difficult to get to and can be dangerous, but if you follow our safety tips, you can enjoy viewing the pools from a distance. Read on to learn more and use our free Vacation Guide to map out the rest of your trip!
What You Need to Know About the Maui Olivine Pools
The drive to the Olivine Pools is about 50 minutes from our inn. The pools are located in Kahakuloa, a remote area along the rugged, West Maui coastline. We recommend going either early in the morning or late in the day when the pools are less busy.
After you park your car, view the deep pools from atop the jagged lava rocks. The contrast of cerulean-blue water and dark, black rocks is truly a sight to behold! If you do choose to venture down to the pools, know that you are doing so at your own risk. The hike is moderately difficult and sure footing is essential.
Important Safety Tips
The raw beauty of Maui is spectacular. However, it is never worth risking your life. Many people have been injured and even killed at the Olivine Pools. Rogue waves are common, and it is important to be aware and cautious when entering this area. Here are some general rules to follow:
- Always check the surf report.
- Never get close to a crashing wave area.
- Never enter the sea without understanding the current and sets of waves.
- Be happy in simply observing and keeping a reasonable distance.
5 More Natural Pools on Maui
Not sure about the Olivine Pools? No problem. Check out these other natural pools where you can snorkel, swim, and relax.
- Kuau Cove: If you’re traveling with kids, we recommend visiting Kuau Cove. This area has a soft, sandy beach for sunbathing and fish-filled tidepools for exploring. Kuau Cove is also a great place for little ones to learn how to snorkel.
- Twin Falls: One of the first stops on the Road to Hana is Twin Falls. Take an easy hike through the bamboo forest and hang a left at the fork. The path takes you to a picture-perfect waterfall that spills over a swimming hole. Enjoy!
- Waikamoi Stream & Waterfalls: Waikamoi is often referred to as a “drive-up” waterfall. It’s a popular stop on the Road to Hana (mile marker #9) and is steps from the road. There’s a pool for swimming, and the bigger, second waterfall has places to sit and let the water fall over you.
- Wailua Falls: Another great place to visit is Wailua Falls, an 80-foot waterfall just past mile marker #45 on the Hana Highway. Beneath the falls is a beautiful plunge pool that’s easily accessible — no hiking required.
- Anchialine Pool Caves: If visiting Waianapanapa State Park isn’t on your Maui must-do list, it should be. The park features a stunning black sand beach, ocean caves, sea arches, and freshwater pools. You can walk the short loop trail from the black sand beach to the two pools and lava tubes.
Dive Into Relaxation at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
Now that you know about the Olivine Pools and other natural pools on Maui, it’s time to start planning your vacation! Our bed and breakfast is the best place to stay on the island. You can unwind in the garden, have a cocktail on the lanai, or retreat to your guest room. Then, join us for breakfast in the morning!