3.5 out of 5 Coconuts!
This is an amazing spot that lets you experience Maui's natural beauty. Here, you'll get views of the ocean and Molokai, as well as check out some of Maui's beautiful tidepools. To get here, you'll get to drive along Maui's west loop and see one of Maui's many micro-climates. From the road, you'll hike a little ways, where these tidepools will emerge into sight.
7 out of 10
While not an inherently treacherous hike to reach, the area can, at times, be dangerous. The waters surrounding Maui are beautiful, but unpredictable, and this spot can put you in a vulnerable situation. Use your discretion and if there is any doubt to your safety, it's best not to go any further.
From parking, approximately 15 minute hike
Parking along the road
The Olivine Pools is one of the magically beautiful places on Maui that inspires you to come to the island in the first place. These tidepools sit right on the ocean, so that when the sea crashes the lava rock, each pool is filled with sea water and possibly some hitchhiking sea life, as well.
Disclaimer: Be careful here. While the Olivine Pools are definitely a beautiful sight to behold, since they are so close to the ocean, you can seriously be in danger of getting swept away by a rogue wave, washed away and then smashed back into the nearby lava rock, or just slipping and tripping on the lava rock. There is high chance of getting dinged, scratched, wet, waterlogged or of drowning here. Always be careful and exercise caution.
To get to the Olivine Pools, you can drive either from the Kahului side or from the Kaanapali side of Maui's western loop. Once you reach mile marker 16, you'll park
After Parking and Getting to the Tidepools
Once parked, you're almost there. The hike to the tide pools isn't terribly long, but you will want to be care. It can be a little steep and you don't particularly want to fall. The rocks you're hiking over are lava rocks and can get pretty sharp. There was a point in time when surgeons used sharpened lava rock (obsidian) for their surgical equipment because it held a sharp edge so well. Whether or not you need surgery for anything, this isn't the place you want to do it. So take your time and you'll be there before you know it.
Once down there
Go ahead and relax. If you took our advice and brought food and a friend, you can have a picnic basket. Sometimes small fish have found new homes in the tidepools, but they're not really something to be worried about. The biggest concern for danger down there is Mother Nature and the ocean. Watch out for rogue waves. The lava rock down there can be pretty sharp. That combined with the breaking waves can be a dangerous combination.
Keeping safety in the back of your mind, this is probably a spot that you won't see anything like on the mainland. Sometimes the tidepools feel like a bath after sitting in the sun all day.
Ways to Enjoy
Not a bad place for a picnic.
Also a great place to snap a few pictures. Who knows? Maybe this could be your Christmas card.
What are the little stacks of stones?
When you're hiking around, it's not uncommon to see the little stacks of stones down here or just in general while you're hiking. Known as cairns to some, people build these as a hello to fellow hikers who come after them. Sometimes, they're built to mark trails or certain areas. If you do see them, keep an eye out in that area, as you may find something special.
Sometimes, they have no purpose. People like to build things.
In any case, watch out for these little guys. Try not to knock them over as there are likely some people down below that may be in the path of this micro-avalanche.
Kahakuloa Village and Head
Your Brain (as always when hiking)
Clothes you can get wet