You’ll Want To Add This Secluded Swimming Hole To Your Hawaii Bucket List

Maui’s Road to Hana is perhaps the most popular scenic drive on the island – and possibly all of Hawaii. This infamous 64.4-mile highway that stretches from Kahului to Hana is popular not for the destination – Hana Town – but for the incredible journey it takes to get there and the natural wonders you’ll find along the way. While many of the stops along Hana Highway are overcrowded with tourists, there’s one often-overlooked swimming hole you’ll want to visit this summer: Wailua Falls.

Because Wailua is a stream-fed waterfall, it is important to issue a friendly warning about the risks associated with 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, never swim in these pools when you have open wounds and to always watch your step.

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Rumor has it (and by rumor, I mean one recent comment on a guidebook website entry) that the path to the pool below Wailua Falls is permanently closed. Either way, this charming waterfall is worthy of a visit. If you’re new here or a tourist, consider exploring the area with Platinum Tours of Maui or Discover Hawaii Tours.

Why not make a day of exploring waterfalls and check out our ultimate Maui waterfalls road trip?