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In the far northern area of West Maui is an area where you can find a rugged coastline.

And it’s here that you can also fine THE famous blowhole on Maui.

That would be the Nakalele blowhole.

 

Nakalele blowhole at Nakalele Point. best maui blowhole to see in West Maui. hawaii travel blog

Nakalele blowhole at Nakalele Point. best maui blowhole to see in West Maui. hawaii travel blog

Nakalele blowhole at Nakalele Point. best maui blowhole to see in West Maui. hawaii travel blog

Nakalele blowhole at Nakalele Point. best maui blowhole to see in West Maui. hawaii travel blog

Nakalele blowhole at Nakalele Point. best maui blowhole to see in West Maui. hawaii travel blog



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More of the best of Maui beyond Nakalele Blowhole

Nakalele Blowhole is one of the best things to do in Maui!

So if you’re interested in the Nakalele Blowhole, you may also be interested in these top things around Maui:

 

Do you need to hike to see the Nakalele blowhole?

You can get a little bit of a distant look of it without too much effort.

 

Nakalele point blowhole overlook. maui hawaii travel blog

Nakalele point blowhole overlook. maui hawaii travel blog



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But to see it up close and personal, it will require a little bit of a hike.

It’s a pretty short hike, but it is a bit of a steep rocky trail going down closer to sea level where the blowhole is.

So keep this in mind as you’re thinking about what shoes to wear hiking in Maui.

 

hike to Nakalele point blowhole. steep hiking trail. maui hawaii travel blog

hike to Nakalele point blowhole. steep hiking trail. maui hawaii travel blog

hike to Nakalele point blowhole. steep hiking trail. maui hawaii travel blog

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hike to Nakalele point blowhole. steep hiking trail. maui hawaii travel blog

hike to Nakalele point blowhole. steep hiking trail. maui hawaii travel blog

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This is also the location of the previously heart-shaped rock. (“Previously” because it’s now broken by nature and only half a heart!)

 

Nakalele point heart shaped rock. maui hawaii travel blog

Nakalele point heart shaped rock. maui hawaii travel blog

Nakalele point heart shaped rock. maui hawaii travel blog

 

 

The ocean is powerful!

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To be dramatic… people, including tourists, have been injured, and have even DIED around blowholes. And that specifically also includes the Nakalele blowhole.

The ocean water that sprays up from blowhole has tremendous power so you really don’t want to hover around the hole.

It can also even be dangerous to be hanging in the area around the blowhole.

The danger can be in what’s called a rogue wave. This is an unexpected wave that comes onto shore. You can read 2 news stories about tourists dying at Nakalele blowhole because of this kind of thing here and here.

In both cases, what seemed to have happened is that they were hanging out in the area right around the blowhole.

 

Nakalele blowhole dangerous. safety tips for maui blowhole and rogue waves, ocean. maui hawaii travel blog

 

Then, unexpectedly, a big wave came crashing onto the shore, and they were swept into ocean because of it.

 

 

Safety tip for Nakalele blowhole: Stay on dry rock

Nakalele blowhole dangerous. safety tips for maui blowhole and rogue waves, ocean. maui hawaii travel blog

 

Aside from wet rocks being slippery, there is another reason to avoid spots that are wet when you’re visiting the Nakalele blowhole.

If it’s wet, that means that the waves have come up onto shore that far. And you don’t want to put yourself in a spot where there’s a greater chance a rogue wave might come.

Even if it’s dry, if you’re close to the edge, a wave can come up when you least expect it. So it’s best to avoid the edge altogether.

 

And so, the Nakalele blowhole is best admired from a reasonable distance!

Rogue waves are also a thing at the popular tide pools down the road from the Nakalele blowhole, so take care there too.

 

 

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And now…

More PHOTOS of the hike down to this Maui blowhole!

First it’s a scenic drive just to get to Nakalele Point!

 

Driving to nakalele blowhole. scenic drive. maui hawaii travel blog

Driving to nakalele blowhole. scenic drive. maui hawaii travel blog

 

Nakalele Blowhole is marked on google maps so you can set that as your destination to get you there.

The trailhead parking for the blowhole is right off the main road.

 

nakalele blowhole parking on highway. maui hawaii travel blog

nakalele blowhole parking on highway. maui hawaii travel blog

 

And then you can take in more views and start the hike to the blowhole!

 

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

And then once you get down to the bottom, hopefully you’ll see the blowhole in action!

 

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Hike to Nakalele blowhole, west maui blowhole in hawaii. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole, west maui blowhole in hawaii. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole, west maui blowhole in hawaii. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole, west maui blowhole in hawaii. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

Whether you see water shooting up in the air or not, you can take in the ocean views!

 

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

And then once you’ve taken in the views, you can head back up!

 

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

Hike to Nakalele blowhole. west maui hawaii travel blog

 

And that’s a bit about doing the blowhole hike at Nakalele Point!

 

Where to next?!

Here are more things to do in while you’re in this area of Maui:

 

Plus, if you are interested in the Nakalele Blowhole, then you may also be interested in these top activities on Maui:

 

HAPPY SEEING A BLOWHOLE IN MAUI!

 

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