There Is A Natural Infinity Pool Hiding In The Hawaii Jungle And It Is Incredible

Just minutes away from the bustling state capital of Honolulu – but still within the city limits – is the lush Manoa Valley. This residential area is home to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, receives almost daily rain, and was the site of the first sugarcane and coffee plantations in the Hawaiian Islands. And hidden deep within Manoa Valley are four amazing destinations worthy of a Saturday full of exploration: Manoa Falls, the Lyon Arboretum, the Wailele Manoa, and Mu Ryang Sa Korean Buddhist Temple.

And while these attractions are all incredible in their own right, there is a hidden gem few people even know about: a natural infinity pool carved into the mountainside and overlooking this lush valley, Honolulu, and the Pacific Ocean.

Not ready to visit this gorgeous spot on your own? Why not live vicariously through YouTube user Howzitboy, who documents his hike to Upper Manoa Falls in this video:

Because this incredible destination is a waterfall, it is important to issue a friendly warning about the risks associated with flash flooding, as well as the leptospirosis bacteria found in many of Hawaii’s natural pools. It is advised that you check weather reports and ocean conditions before heading out for the day, never swim in these pools when you have open wounds, and to always watch your step. Also, please do not overestimate your true hiking abilities: this is not an easy trail, and should only be completed by experienced hikers.

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