Out of all the beautiful places to be found in East Maui, the Pools of Ohe’o are the most popular attraction. Located only 15 minutes south of Hana, these stunning tiered pools are waterfall-fed and offer a refreshing soak from within Hawaii’s Haleakala National Park.
There are a few different pools along the trail, with the Pool of Ohe’o being at the end and the largest of the bunch. Here, you will have an amazing view of the expansive ocean in front of you, with the lush forest behind you.
The pool overflows into the ocean during heavy rain, which is what makes it dangerous and slippery. Take care moving in and out of the water and make sure to check the tides before heading out.
Being a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, the best time to go is in the early morning. You will beat the rush and have the pool to yourself, allowing you to have time afterward to wander around the beautiful Haleakala National Park.
There are many different hiking trails to entertain your afternoon and most will have you maneuvering through deep forests of bamboo. The landscape here is immense and untouched, giving you an authentic look at Hawaii’s natural world.
Across the street from the Pool of Ohe’o is the Pipiwai Trail, a well-known, 4-mile-long trail that leads up to the Waimoku Falls. The falls are 400 feet tall, the tallest on all of Maui, and the path leading up to them is lined with towering deep-green bamboo. It’s a beautiful walk and well worth the time, especially since your entrance fee covers 3 days, leaving ample time to explore.
The Kipahulu campground surrounds the Pools of Ohe’o and offers tent camping. They also have BBQ pits, well-kept bathrooms, ample parking, and a ranger station. No permits or reservations are required and it is a first-come-first-serve, drive-up campground.
There are 2 general stores nearby, about 10 miles away, where you can pick up refreshments, water, and other supplies. Visitors must pay an entrance fee to the park or purchase an annual pass.
Address: Haleakalā National Park, Hana, Hawaii 96713
Season: Year-round; closures depend on the weather
GPS Coordinates: 20.661458, -156.045299
Admission: Entrance fee to enter the park