Maui, Hawaii, is famous for its otherworldly landscapes. The Seven Sacred Pools are no exception. The pools, also known as the ‘Ohe’o Gulch, can be found within Haleakala National Park just off the Road to Hana. The remote valley features cascading waterfalls and deep freshwater pools that are surrounded by rainforest, jungle, and unbelievable natural beauty. A trip to this special region is a must when you’re on Maui! Read on to learn more and access our handy Travel Guide to begin planning your vacation.
How to Explore the Seven Sacred Pools on Maui
Hike the Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls
One of the easiest ways to access the pools is via the Pipiwai Trail. This 1.8-mile route 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 a grove of mountain apple trees. However, the highlight of this hike is at the end – beneath the spectacular 400-foot Waimoku Falls. Standing at the base of the cliffs, you can enjoy the refreshing mist created by falling water before heading back to the path from which you came. It’s a 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 also have access to bathrooms, trash cans, and scenic drive-up camping spots.
The Seven Sacred Pools are extremely popular and often crowded, so we suggest exploring the area early in the day. Try to get to the park before noon to beat the afternoon rush. You can leave at dawn and travel the Road to Hana, or drive up the back side of Haleakala to avoid tourist traffic. Be mindful of road closures if you choose the latter option.
Tips & Warnings for Visiting the Pools
When the water levels are safe, many of the pools are open to swimming and are ideal for a cool dip. Visitors should read signage carefully and listen to warnings about cliff jumping. Injuries can (and do) happen, 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 bed and breakfast and unwind. Our property sits in the historic town of Wailuku and has everything you need for a memorable vacation. Spend some time relaxing on the lanai, or stroll our gardens and admire native plants and flowers. Then, make your way to your room for a peaceful night’s sleep.
A delicious homemade breakfast is available each morning of your stay. Guests are invited to join us in the dining room for fresh fruit, juice, coffee, and a hot entrée made with locally sourced ingredients. Afterward, hop in your car and get ready for another day of adventure on Maui! We look forward to hosting you soon.