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Olivine Pools Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 0.4 mi Elevation gain 141 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Beach

Views

Rocky

No shade

No dogs

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Short descent from the highway to several saltwater pools surrounded by lava rock.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (118)
Photos (71)
Recordings (78)
Completed (289)
Nicha A
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HikingRockyScramble

Beautiful but requires heightened awareness at all times please. As a local, I am aware of the devastation that can happen and only went down because most of the rocks around the pools were dry. The right side of the wall (if you’re looking towards the water) was crashing and there was a pool on that side which I think is popular in pics I’ve seen. It was a definite NO for us, beauty to watch safely up top :) Unpredictable waves and take all precautions to enjoy this place. Watch the blowhole but please don’t stand over it.

Brian Watkins
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WalkingOff trailRockyScramble
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David Platt
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HikingRockyScramble

Trail itself down to the pools is just ok, but once you get down to the pools there is plenty of fun exploring/scrambling/photo ops. Most of the rock is rough and has good traction, but beware some some are smooth and slippery. Shoes with traction recommended over flip flops, and be mindful of the tide/waves

Connor Yamada
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Hiking

Short walk down to the pools. Just watch your footing on the wet rocks

Santana Huitron
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HikingBlowdownOver grown
Jenny Hansen
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Awesome pools!

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Karen Lehman
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HikingRockyScramble

Super short rocky trail down to the olivine pools. Very pretty. We stayed briefly and were cautious. Even though the waves were not breaking over while we were there, you never know. So keep your guard up.

Laetitia De Sousa
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky

Une randonnée courte mais débouchant sur un point de vue superbe, on sent quand même qu’il faut être sur ses gardes, à cause des vagues qui peuvent facilement emporter, il y a d’ailleurs déjà eu des décès, comme l’indique la plaque hommage en début de sentier, mais vaut définitivement le coup.

Kyle Windsor
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Hiking

We parked in the main area and hike down a little ways until there’s a grave marker. Go left and from there it’s very very steep. Be sure to remember the way since it is not clearly marked. The pools are amazing. Great views.

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N G
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Hiking

very short but nice pools

Seth Paine
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Hiking

The end is a refreshing swim in the pools below, bring your towel.

Mieke Schmitz
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Hiking

Not a bad short hike. Did not swim due to the tide. Glad I went on this hike.

Jonathan Schmadeke
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HikingRocky

absolutely amazing trek down to the ocean. we enjoyed jumping off the rocks into one of the larger pools.

Joseph Tiller
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Hiking

The trail is not “marked”. It’s just past mile marker 16 on the state road. The hike down has amazing views. Just start walking towards the ocean, no reAl marked path. The pools where not crystal clear because of the lower water, nothing changing it. Lots of people in them making dirty. Three years ago we were the only people couple there. The hike up is great. Turn around and see the ocean. So beautiful!!!

Amanda Agostinelli
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Hiking

Rock scramble down to some natural pools. I was worried it would be “dangerous” because of all the comments and while I’m sure it can be it definitely wasn’t today. I will however say they are VERY gross merky water and tons of rocks in them with algae.... so gross. I didn’t get in. The hike up is harder than the hike down.

B Cunningham
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Hiking

Great fun but it was a steep trail and some common sense is required. Wouldn’t take kids.

Tammy Russell
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Walking

Trailhead was a little hard to find because cell GPS signal was weak. The pools were beautiful. Very unique. It's very windy though. My hat blew off and my husband had to steady me at times.

Kathryn Lindsay
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Hiking

Breathtaking! Be careful! Mother Nature is ever changing and can sweep you away!

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Melissa Brady
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HikingRockyScramble

Amazing! Take your time and bring the proper foot wear. We had on hiking water shoes and were fine as long as we avoided the sandy parts of the trail and stayed on the lava rock. There is a blow hole down there, so be cautious until you find its exact location. It is left of the main swimming area. We were sure to stay clear of the perimeter rocks and kept a keen eye out for rouge waves. I am deathly afraid of water and this area provided a perfect spot for me to float in the ocean water and I simply kept my legs moving! Wanted to avoid getting bit by the mama fishes ~ who obviously had baby eggs in the area and was protecting her turf. The trail down is steep and rocky. We took our time and focused on foot placement, stopping still a few times to take in the view. Be careful along the Pools as they are slippery and some covered with green algae like plants. Gorgeous! We stayed for a few hours and ate lunch and explored all the tide pools and caves. One of my favorite spots on Maui.

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