While Hawaii is home to stunning beaches, sometimes you want something a little more adventurous – like a local swimming hole with a gorgeous waterfall, or an epic cliff jumping spot. In honor of the perfect summer spent in the water, here are ten Hawaii swimming spots that are sure to satisfy your need for exploration.
1) O'heo Gulch, Maui
Also known as the seven sacred pools, this picturesque swim spot is found in the Haleakala National Park, past the Maya Yoga Studio, and deeper into the jungle. Fun fact – the pools aren’t actually sacred, but rumor has it that a local hotel owner coined the name to attract more visitors to his establishment.
2) Makupu'u Tide Pools, Oahu
Located below the Makupu’u Lighthouse Trail are these lovely little tide pools, perfect for curious kiddos and adults alike.
3) Pua'a Ka'a State Wayside
Take the short hike up to the falls, and enjoy a picnic lunch before you take a jump into the refreshing water. What could be better, really?
4) Makeleha Falls, Kauai
This secluded swimming spot is a phenomenal reward after a hike that should not be braved unless you are an experienced hiker.
5) Maunawili Falls, Oahu
This moderate three mile round-trip hike leads to a gorgeous pond, with a pretty cool jump off point. The swimming hole is pretty busy on the weekends, but if you catch it on a weekday, you will have more space to yourself.
6) Ching's Pond, Maui
With beautiful blue pools, and superb cliff jumping, there is no wonder as to why this place is a local favorite.
7) Kalalau Beach Cave, Kauai
These secluded beach cave offers some relief from the hot Hawaiian sun. And there is no beating that incredible sapphire water.
8) Pe'epe'e Falls, Big Island
This lesser known waterfall near Rainbow falls is difficult to get to and should only be crossed when the Wailuku river is in low flow – but man, is it a gorgeous sight.
9) Shark's Cove, Oahu
These protected tide pools on Oahu’s North Shore are the perfect locale for some good snorkeling, or simply relaxing.
10) Queen's Bath, Kauai
Fed by the ocean waves, this saltwater swimming hole is perfect for those seeking a little thrill via cliff jumping.