We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Blow hole isn't the main character in this play”
Review of Nakalele Blowhole

Nakalele Blowhole
Ranked #45 of 409 things to do in Maui
Certificate of Excellence
Attraction details
Reviewed 6 April 2018

The blow hole wasn't blowing when we arrived as the winds were calm, the tide out and the waves low key. But that didn't matter. The drive to get here is amazing. The red clay and red rock along with the lava stone is amazing. The walk down is not easy and is impossible with flip flops. Don't try it. Take water and go slow. Take pics all the way down and back. The pics are amazing. We saw huge turtles, whales breaching, amazing shore line. The heart shaped rock and the stone - it can't be described. Must go. At the top is Mama Lei and her amazing banana bread for $7 bucks - the reward for a tough hike up the hill!

1  Thank babalu w
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (966)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"blow hole"
in 155 reviews
"flip flops"
in 111 reviews
"mile marker"
in 84 reviews
"shaped rock"
in 31 reviews
"heart shaped"
in 19 reviews
"be careful"
in 79 reviews
"war zone"
in 11 reviews
"high tide"
in 38 reviews
"parking area"
in 51 reviews
"dry rocks"
in 10 reviews
"safe distance"
in 16 reviews
"old faithful"
in 13 reviews
"wear good shoes"
in 33 reviews
"climb down"
in 19 reviews
"common sense"
in 26 reviews
"small sign"
in 12 reviews
"past mile"
in 20 reviews

77 - 81 of 966 reviews

Reviewed 6 April 2018

One of the nicest blowholes I have ever seen in my life with pretty backdrop, the best ride to the top of the mountain, a really short hike to get to the blowhole itself. While the phenomenon can wear out pretty soon after 5 minutes of being mesmerized by the blowhole but the entire experience of discovering it is totally worth it.

We drove from our resort at Kaanapali to Mile Marker 38 - the scenery on the way itself recharged us for the long hike (it became long since we stopped early and took the longer path through a smaller blowhole). There are a lot of vantage points to take amazing snaps of West Maui coast. The blowhole itself is really amazing with water jets every few minutes in the backdrop of Maui's mountains.

Be careful with the hike - it is rocky, so have comfortable shoes as it is quite a hike if you take the longer path (there is a smaller path - so don't stop first when you see cars parked around Mile Marker 36-37).Also recommended to not go too near the blowhole as it is very slippery and if you are carrying electronics like mobile or camera - the water can easily go in your gadgets.

3  Thank SerendipityIndia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

This was great! When we read the other reviews we nearly didn't do it as it seemed to hard- it really isn't!!! You only have to climb down rocks if you want to get super close to it, you can see the effect of the blowhole well from the top near the car park. If you do go down, you need to be focused, but my husband did it in flip flops as we didn't realise (we don't recommend it, but it's certainly possible).
The love heart shape in the rock is to the far right of the blowhole and makes for a great picture!
The blowhole itself is quite impressive and we enjoyed spending some time watching the power of Mother Nature and the ocean and rocks interact. There are no barriers so be safe, it can be dangerous to get get too close to the blowhole or edges of the high rocks. We were there for about 45mins. It can be hard to find the carpark for the actual blowhole, there were so little signs and a stall selling fruit and drinks when we were there.
Some people could see whales too, the top bear the car park is an impressive view even if you don't hike down to get really close.

Thank lucylou_melbourne
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We came at the wrong time and the blowhole was not active, but the surrounding cliffs offer excellent views and the drive to get here was excellent. I don't recommend going past this location though; the road gets more narrow and ridiculous the further east you go.

Be aware you have to walk down a relatively steep, rocky path to get to the blowhole. Sandals would be a poor choice here, as my wife found out.

Thank RyguyC
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 3 April 2018

This was one of the favorite things we did while in Maui. It was beautiful and so grand and majestic!!
A few tips:
1) Wear hiking/workout clothes! It is a very rocky hike up and down the hills.
I like to wear sandals as much as possible but I was glad I wore tennis shoes for this hike.
2) Take sunscreen and/or a hat - we were in the full sun for at least 30 minutes and would have gone further but we left the sunblock in the car.
3) You can park between miles 38 & 39 and get down to the blowhole.
4) Young kids can do it but you will go much slower as parts are bit of a tougher hike. There were plenty of kids out there - just be prepared for slow going.
5) Parking is along the street
6) There are not really any signs on how to get to the blowhole. We just followed the crowd and then asked people along the way and finally got there.

1  Thank lovet0travel13
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Nakalele Blowhole also viewed


Been to Nakalele Blowhole? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing