Maui Waterfalls and Swimming Pools
Staying Safe Along the Road to Hana
The one thing that people think about when visiting Hawaii is to find a beautiful Maui waterfall with a swimming pool below set in a wonderful tropical environment. To find those scenes you need to go to the northeast shores of the islands and down the road to Hana. Those areas receive almost daily rain that supports a large, tropical forest full of rich smells, beautiful flowers, and amazing trees.
The road to Hana has hundreds and hundreds of turns as the highway twists in and out of small and large gulches, following an ancient pathway. Each historic bridge, over 50 of them (many being one-lane), cross various size streams right near some of the most beautiful waterfalls and swimming spots you can think of.
Around almost every corner on the road to Hana, there is another waterfall. There are so many that some of the best tours will return back down the road to Hana to give you that double-dose of waterfall beauty. You will see so many new waterfalls above and below the road as you travel back down the highway.
On a Circle Island tour, you will see the beautiful South Wailua Waterfall which is one of the largest and most picturesque seen along this road.
If there has been very little rain in the few days before you travel to Hana, there will be fewer waterfalls but clearer water in the pools available for swimming.
Once you are out on the road, you may see a lot of dams, dikes, tunnels, and diversions in many of the creeks we pass over. These are part of this system designed to bring water around central Maui to feed the pineapple and sugarcane fields that once covered huge portions of the entire island. Today that water is feeding a new set of crops including but not limited to; potatoes, oranges, limes, breadfruit, coffee, and avocado.
Everyone dreams about swimming in a crystal clear pool below a wonderful waterfall. We can help you make that happen. Some of the most beautiful, safe spots to swim are accessible on most sightseeing tours. Guests who are on hiking or private tours will have more flexibility in what pools they can swim in.
Always remember that due to the small watershed we have on the island, flash floods happen at any time and do happen often. There doesnʻt need to be a lot of water to put a real hurting on the body if you get knocked down. The lava rocks are unforgiving. If itʻs raining or the water is brown, stay out of the creek beds.
Most of the water on Maui is surface water. We have very few wells. Our almost daily rain feeds the watersheds on the northeast side of each of our major mountains (West Maui & Haleakala) and water is pulled from the rivers and streams just before they reach the ocean.
The towns of Wailea, Kihei, Wailuku, and Kahului are fed from water from the West Maui Mountains while Upcountry Maui and the entire central isthmus are fed by rains captured by Haleakala. The water is brought around the mountain to feed this vast farming area by an irrigation system designed and dug almost 200 years ago.
Almost every Hana sightseeing tour makes it out to visit Keanae as itʻs the halfway point to Hana and for those who just want a small taste, it gives you a lot for the time.
Flying over the Hana coastline is a must. You will see so many more waterfalls and really appreciate the area, especially if you plan to drive through it later. The helicopter tours we are offering all fly over the Keanae Peninsula and some may go up the valley near the borders of Haleakala National Park too.