If You Didn’t Know About These 12 Swimming Holes In Hawaii, They’re A Must Visit
While the Hawaiian Islands certainly do not have a shortage of pristine, white-sand beaches or man-made, oceanfront pools for us to choose from, occasionally we crave something a little more adventurous — like a swimming hole, sparkling blue waterfall pond, or tide pool carved into the coast. We’ve talked plenty about some of our favorite swimming holes in Hawaii before, and now we’re at it again to feature 10 of the best — from cascading waterfalls deep in the jungle to tide pools tucked away on the coast. You might see some overlap in these two lists, but that’s because some spots are just too magnificent to not share twice.
Because many of these destinations are fed by ocean waves or waterfalls, it is important for us to issue a friendly warning about the risks associated with strong ocean currents, flash flooding, and 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, and to always watch your step.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/
There’s nothing better than making a splash at the end of a hike on a hot Hawaiian day, and the islands’ swimming hole hikes certainly don’t disappoint. My personal favorite is Oahu’s Judd Trail, which leads to a stunning oasis known to locals as the Jackass Ginger pool, but others are far more famous and popular, like Maui’s Oheo Gulch and Kauai’s Secret Falls. No matter which trail you choose, you’re in for a marvelous Hawaiian adventure.
Where can you find the greatest concentration of swimming holes in Hawaii?
That would easily be along Maui’s famous Hana Highway. The 64-mile highway is known for its 620 curves, 59 one-lane bridges, and incredible views, but it is also littered with wondrous waterfalls and breathtaking beaches perfect for making a splash. While it would be nearly impossible to check out every beach and waterfall along the Hana Highway unless you live nearby, this road trip will take you to some of our favorites.
What are the best beaches in Hawaii?
With 750 miles of stunning coastline, the Hawaiian Islands are home to hundreds upon hundreds of incredible beaches with sand in a variety of colors — some more popular than others. From the most famous stretch of sand in the state — Oahu’s Waikiki Beach — to some of the islands’ most remote beaches — Kauai’s Polihale State Park and Maui’s Makena State Park, to name two of the best — Hawaii’s beaches are second to none. Of course, you can’t forget Hawaii’s incredible colored-sand beaches in shades of green, red, and black.
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
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