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Nakalele Blowhole

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Nakalele Blowhole

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flashncrash wrote a review Dec 2020
Berkeley, California740 contributions387 helpful votes
This was a first visit to Nakalele Blowhole even though we've been coming to Maui every year for the past several years. Wow! It is worth the drive from the Lahaina area no matter which direction you opt to drive from. If you head around the north part of the island you have to be comfortable with curves as you will encounter plenty. The blowhole is located on the windward side of the island and if you get anywhere close to the blowhole you will experience what the wind does. The large waves crashing onshore play a big part in the show. Parking is right along Highway 30 and there is a short hike to get a view of the blowhole. However if you want to get up close then you will have to hike and scramble down boulders to get closer. Don't tempt fate and get too close and into the pool of water because you can get sucked in. There is a decent sized flat area to enjoy the waves crashing and the blowhole doing its thing. Here, you will get wet as it rains down on you as well as the heavy mist it leaves behind. It is a sight to enjoy and to capture it on video, especially in slo-mo is absolutely stunning. You will expend some energy hiking back up so be sure to where the proper foot wear.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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jmacintexas wrote a review Dec 2020
Dripping Springs, Texas33 contributions2 helpful votes
The drive up the north side of the island from Kapalua is a bit daunting with tight lanes and sharp curves, but it was well worth it! We drove very slowly, took many pullovers to enjoy the views, and the Nakalele Blowhole was an amazing sight of natural beauty and the powerful ocean! Definitely wear proper walking/hiking shoes, as it is extremely rocky and can be slippery, and do NOT get too close, as you can see the beauty and feel the power of nature from a safe distance. We were also there when we were able to spot whales in the distance. Beautiful spot! (And a great spot to turn around and head back south!)
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Ana M wrote a review Dec 2020
Alpharetta21 contributions6 helpful votes
Check the waves report every day during your stay. Pick a big swell or windy and wavy day. This will maximize the blowhole activity watching. Wear hiking shoes, take water. If you are not fit enough to climb down slippery and sometimes rocky parts that you will later have to climb back up sometimes pulling yourself up the rocks then watch the blowhole from the top just a short ways from the parking lot. There is an Ohana selling banana bread and coconut water at the parking lot. Park at mile marker 38.5 not 38 ! Much closer more trafficked and apparently safer from the break ins that are common in the area, take your valuables and leave glove compartment open. At mile marker 38 you can park and walk down a short way to see the other side of the rocky structure that has the blow hole for a magnificent view of the water pools and rocky bridge connecting them. It's an amazing feat of nature! Do not get close to it, stay on dry ground, it has massive suction, also a powerful jet of water that sometimes spews rocks, also do not go near the edges by the ocean waves. There have been people know to have fallen in the ocean due to a wave surprising them and tumbling in. There is no rescue here ans no cell service. On the day we went it shot up 60 ft in the air there were a couple of explosions that reached 100 ft. Respect mother nature and keep your eyes on the ocean. Great viewing stops along the way, especially surfer watching at Honolua Bay.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Rob S wrote a review Nov 2020
Grapevine, Texas106 contributions25 helpful votes
We survived a harrowing journey to see this beauty!! Whatever you do DONT attempt to get to this site from the south east side of the volcano!! It is treacherous single lane for extensive spans. Only suitable for the locals !!!! You have no idea of the scale of this amazing feature from the observation point until some brave soul ventures down through the rocks to get a close look. It’s really amazing!!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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TravelLove886 wrote a review Nov 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania154 contributions28 helpful votes
This was our first stop on our first morning in Maui and it was absolutely the right one! We came here for sunrise... park in the lot, follow the easy dirt trail, and watch the sunrise from the bluff... then when there's some light, hike down to the blowhole. This is an AMAZING experience. We couldn't get Haleakala tix because of covid restrictions, but this was an amazing alternative. The blowhole is pretty epic. DO NOT WALK WHERE IT GETS WET! You'll see a few hand-painted warning signs, but just stay on dry rock and you'll be fine. The blowhole is as advertised... it sends water soaring HIGH into the air with a thunderous sound. Take your time and explore the outcroppings along the shoreline, you'll see crabs, and other near sea creatures. The contrast of the dark volcanic rock against the bright green vegetation is something you have to see for youself - and then take lots of pics!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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