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Nakalele Blowhole

Poelua Bay HI 96793, Wailuku, HI 96793, USA
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Nakalele Blowhole Wailuku Hawaii United States

Nakalele Blowhole

In Hawaiian, Nakalele means "the leaning," but you'd better not do too much of that here. This landmass on Maui's northern tip is known for its spectacular seawater blowhole, which creates a mean undertow when it empties. Nevertheless, Nakalele Point's watery explosions, often 30 meters high (98 feet), deserve wide-eyed admiration—from a safe distance. You'll have to walk a 365-meter (1,198-foot) incline from the road to find it, so wear sensible shoes and go at high tide for the best show. As you head back, keep an eye out for Maui’s heart-shaped rock, framing the sea and tropical mountain slopes. It’s visible from the base of the scree slope trail when the blowhole’s to your right.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 5 years ago

Baby Hike to the Blowhole

The north coast of west Maui is full of places to adventure! We parked off the side of Kahekili Highway 340, and we climbed around and stumbled down the lava rock and dirt path toward the water. There are a number of blowholes and tide pools in the area, but this is "the famous one". We had to wait for it...and wait for it. It was disappointing at first. Huge waves would wash in, and the only a small splash misted up from the hole. However, when no one expected it, or when someone just turned their gaze away, the blowhole would randomly spout a huge waterfall up toward the sky. It's worth waiting for...take a drink, a snack, and a friend and create your own climbing, waiting, and watching adventure!