Hiss, roar, and spew, Maui’s natural wonders come to life when swell hits the lava tubes along the Maui’s rocky coastline. If you’re visiting Maui you can’t miss out on experiencing the magic of its blowholes.
Maui has 2 blowholes. One at Waianapanapa State Park in Hana and the usually much more glamorous and well known Nakalele Blowhole on the north west side of the island.
1. Waianapanapa Blowhole
If you’re making the Hana Loop you’re probably going to stop into Waianapanapa State Park to check out Maui’s greatest black sand beach. If you’re here in the winter months when the swell gets larger on the north coast, you’ll have the privilege of getting to see the blowholes at the Park go off (it can go off during the summer as well, it’s just much more rare).
After taking the left onto Honokalani Road (if you’re coming into Hana from the north side), go left when entering the park and park in the parking lot at the end of the road. Walk up to the black sand beach overlook at the north end of the parking lot and walk along the path on your right. When you get to the bottom of the first set of stairs go right instead of going down the stairs to your left that go to the beach. When you reach the end of this path keep walking toward the coast and you’ll see the blowhole with a white fence in front of it.
2. Nakalele Blowhole
The crown jewel of blowholes on Maui is the Nakalele Blowhole. Located facing directly north, this Blowhole collects the mega winter north swell producing a true spectacle when it erupts.
The Blowhole is located on the “west loop drive”. It is about 14 miles north of Kaanapali and about 8 miles from Kapalua. Around mile marker 38.5 you’ll see a larger dirt parking area on your left. If you’re not one of the the first ones there, you’ll see a lot of cars already parked there and a fruit stand on the far end of the parking area. Park and you’ll see a few trails leading to the coast line. Take one of the trails and when you reach the crest of the hill you’ll easily see the Blowhole from the edge of the hill.
The Blowholes should definitely be on your Maui agenda, so don’t miss out!