The Best Things to See at the Seven Sacred Pools of Maui

Often referred to as the Seven Sacred Pools, the ‘Ohe’o Gulch in Maui, Hawaii, is one of the most popular attractions on the entire island. This remote valley features cascading waterfalls and deep freshwater pools and is located within Haleakala National Park, just off of the famous Road to Hana. Surrounded by rainforests, jungles, and unbelievable natural beauty, a trip to this special region is a must when you’re in Maui – and it’s all just a short drive from the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono! The next time you plan an island getaway, take a trip to the Seven Sacred Pools and experience this special place for yourself. Here are some of our favorite things to do and see there.

How to Explore the Seven Sacred Pools

Hike the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls

With easy accessibility and spectacular views, the 1.8-mile Pipiwai Trail offers one of the best hikes in East Maui. Winding along a string of dramatic pools and waterfalls, you’ll encounter a giant Banyan tree, dense bamboo forests, and even a grove of mountain apple trees that offer a delicious treat. However, the highlight of this hike is right at the end – at the spectacular 400-foot Waimoku Falls. Standing at the base of the sheer cliffs, you can enjoy the refreshing mist and wind created by the falling water before heading back to the path from which you came. It’s truly an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Camp Out in Kipahulu

With so much to do and see in Haleakala National Park, it’s almost impossible to experience it all in one day. We recommend staying overnight at the Kipahulu campground, which offers close proximity to the ‘Ohe’o Gulch and the gorgeous Pipiwai Trail. Guests will also have access to bathrooms, trash cans, and scenic drive-up camping spots.

Tips & Warnings for Visiting the Pools

The Seven Sacred Pools are very popular and often crowded, so we suggest exploring the area earlier in the day. To experience the peace and tranquility of the pools, try to get to the park before noon to beat the afternoon rush. When the water levels are safe, many of the pools are open to swimming and are the perfect place to enjoy a cool dip. Be sure to read signage carefully and listen to warnings about cliff jumping. Injuries can (and do) happen often, and we want to make sure our guests have an incredible experience without getting hurt!

Come Home to the Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono!

After you visit the Seven Sacred Pools, head home to our Maui bed and breakfast where you can unwind in one of our beautiful rooms and suites! With luxurious amenities and beautiful views, our inn is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring. Plus, you can enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast the next morning and tell us all about your adventures! We can’t wait to hear about what you discover in Maui.

Looking for more amazing attractions in Maui?
Check out our blog about the Maui Tropical Plantation!
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