Maui – Seven Sacred Pools
Located on the remote eastern coast of Maui, the Seven Sacred Pools (also called the “Pools of O'heo”) is considered by many to be one of the most breathtaking landscapes in all of Maui. Consisting of a spectacular series of waterfalls and tranquil pools that flow through the O’heo Gulch and into the nearby ocean, the Seven Sacred Pools form a natural playground for both tourists and locals alike, offering some of the most adventurous hiking and swimming experiences in all of Maui.
The Seven Sacred Pools or the “Ohe’o Gulch” is part of Haleakala National Park and is located about 40 minutes beyond Hana. There are actually many more than seven pools. The Pipiwai Streams feeds these falls and numerous pools starting two miles inland, but the easiest to reach and the nicest pools are located closer to the shoreline. Along this stream is a bridge that crosses the foremost pool, where the most adventurous will dive off of into the pool below and then proceed to dive off of the waterfall into the next pool.
Above the Seven Sacred Pools is The Pipiwai Trail – one of the best hikes on Maui. It is four miles roundtrip and up to 650 feet in elevation and takes between 2 ½ and 5 hours to hike. There are several great waterfalls along the route, with the final destination being Waimoku Falls, which fall 400-feet down a sheer lava rock wall.
Along the Pipiwai Trail but a little off the beaten path is Infinity Pool, which is much more secluded than the more popular Seven Sacred Pools. This beautiful pool sits atop a 200-foot waterfall but has a row of thick rocks that keep you from plunging over the side.
Behind the Infinity Pool is yet another secret area. Just go a bit past the bend in the stream, over the rock-face on the right side, then swim across the pool, and climb over another rock face and you will see a nice waterfall that is always flowing during any season, even when the Infinity Pool is low.
When visiting the Seven Sacred Pools, it is best to arrive in the early morning before 11 am, as the afternoons often bring an influx of people and the car park area can often be overflowing. Peak time is usually 2 pm. Please note that there is a charge of approximately $10 to enter the Park, and this pass will also allow you to go up to the summit of Haleakala. You are therefore advised to hold onto your receipt; otherwise, you might find yourself paying again.
Take Highway 30 to Hana which turns into Highway 31 after Hana. The parking lot is located just past Mile Marker #42 on the ocean side of the road.
Historical site and heaiu nearby
Large, gravel parking lot
Concessions usually available on the weekends
No lifeguards are on duty
Use extreme caution before jumping into the pools - check for hidden rocks and depth of pool first
NEVER dive into the pools
Lava rock is VERY slippery when wet - wear beach shoes for protection and safety
1/2 mile loop trail leads to the Seven Sacred Pools
Flash flooding is possible. Monitor weather conditions at all times and be prepared to leave the area quickly in case of a flood.