Many times visitors to Maui come for more than just the beaches. They come for… the waterfalls. The problem is that there are very few that are safe to swim under due to flash flooding and the inability of authorities to warn people fast enough.
If you’re looking to safely take a dip under a picturesque waterfall (or series of them), it’s well worth a quick 15 minute drive south on Highway 31 from Hana to the Pools at O’heo Gulch (Mile Marker #42), located in Haleakala National Park. Admittedly, the Pools of O’heo are a popular destination. And, why not? They’re known worldwide for their beauty, accessibility and safety, (these swimming pools are constantly monitored for flash floods).
Don’t go just for the pools, though. O’heo Gulch offers more than floating about under a “dream come true waterfall”. Hiking through the bamboo forest is quite amazing as well. Bring the bug repellent though, it’s a necessity in the jungle. As always, before you embark on your journey to the Pools at O’heo, be sure to check weather conditions at the pools.
f they are closed, check back in an hour or so. It’s not uncommon that floods will occur in the morning but by afternoon the pools are open. Then there is the camping. Perhaps some of the best views to be had on Maui can be found here. Be prepared for rain, because it does do that often. After all, you are in the rainforest, right?