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:
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.
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!
Check our availability and book your Hawaiian vacation today! We look forward to hosting you.