Nakalele Blowhole Trail

MODERATE 77 reviews

Nakalele Blowhole Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lahaina, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
0.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
213 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

There are two trailheads off Highway 30. One goes to the lighthouse and over a ridge down to the coast. The other trail is about 1/2 mile further up the road, just past MP 38.

11 days ago

view was amazing

22 days ago

Nice views and the blowhole goes off frequently—at least in rough seas. Would have been a 5 except for the crowds. There was a very nice woman set up selling food and beverages.

hiking
2 months ago

awesome views and crazy rocks. this is a really short hike can almost see blow hole from the parking area. there is a few slippery spots sand and mud if you go to close. overall great place to sit near a cliff watching huge waves crash and blow hole puffing water.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a great view at the end. Blow hole was amazing phenomena. Views of cliff were nice too.
We did with kids of 5 and 9 yrs of age without much difficulty.

3 months ago

There are two ways to get there. Google maps had us park near the ceremonial rocks (large spiral maze of rocks and excellent viewpoint) the trail is on the right slightly hidden. Once you're on the trail stay to the right when you hit the ocean rocks. Alternatively, you could drive a little further to the next parking entrance and hike down the edge of the rocks.

Excellent hike and view of the rarity that is a natural blowhole!

4 months ago

Nice little hike down to the blowhole. Be careful on the way back as there are several ways to get back to the top. By the time we headed back, it was dark and we ended up emerging back at the road a few blocks east from where we parked the car.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a great hike. Very scenic. If you're not sure-footed, you can still see the blowhole from the top of the trail. Be sure to find out when the tide is high so you can actually see it blow. Take the warning signs seriously, people have died. We came at low tide so there wasn't much action, but still incredible views! Be sure to look for the heart in the rock. A must see!

hiking
5 months ago

A great trail that was one of our most memorable excursions in Maui. Definitely go to the second trailhead that has a fun descent to the blowhole.

6 months ago

Do not go all the way out to the blowhole. Watch it from a distance. People die here.

6 months ago

Really beautiful stop and not too bad of a hike. Definitely recommend shoes as we were in flip flops. Blow hole is pretty impressive as are the views down below. Look for the heart shaped cut out in the rock.

8 months ago

Great views of the ocean and the blow hole was awesome.

hiking
8 months ago

Jan, 9th 2017 Nice little hike with great views. You kind of have to make you own trail down to the blow hole over the rocks and slippery mud. Love the sign about being sucked in and Killed, and I do recommend staying a fair distance away from it.

walking
8 months ago

Short trail that leads down to a great view of the coast, worth the drive if you are staying on the west side of the island

walking
9 months ago

Walked down here back in 2008. The ocean was plenty wild that day and the waves were crashing against the rocks. The blowhole is like others I've seen in Hawaii. Has to be just the right kinda wave to make it really blow. Easy walk and worth going down to check out.

9 months ago

Definitely a must-see. There's not much of a trail; you just kind of have to find your way. A lot of tourists in flip flops... I don't think that's a good idea, but more than half were in them and I didn't see any broken toes.

hiking
10 months ago

A rocky, steep out and back that's worth it to see the blowhole. Make sure your car is secure when you park (there was glass from a previous break in when we parked) and wear appropriate shoes. The hike isn't long at all, but stay for awhile to watch the blowhole.

hiking
10 months ago

All downhill to get to the blowhole, so the walk back up can be somewhat difficult. Very rocky, so watch where you step! The blowhole is cool and the views of the rocky coastline and Pacific are beautiful!

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Cool location and natural feature. Be careful on the way down and, as EVERYONE who has done it says, wear proper shoes. Flip flops are a bad idea. Why? The lava rocks are like razors. If you slip, it isn't just your feet that will take the hit. You're going to slice something else, no lie.

There will likely be mud (slippery) ... and you will very likely get wet, especially if there is ANY wind. That water spray has to come down somewhere.

The path down from the 'blowhole' parking area is pretty easy to follow, I'm told. We went to the "lighthouse" parking about half mile closer towards Lahaina and it was a bit treacherous AND unmarked: lots of game trails and dead ends through the grass and trees, then along the ridge above the ocean. No doubt a much more scenic route, but not something I'd recommend with small kids or if you're not comfortable with route finding. Note that there is NO CELL RECEPTION on most of the trail, so you're on your own a lot.

I sent my family back up the short trail and climbed/ran through the trees to get back to the car. The blowhole was not at the end of the AllTrails track we were following (the default one on this trail's entry), so we searched around and did some circles to find it. Still, AllTrails kept us going the right direction. I have suggested an edit to the default track that is displayed for this trail to indicate the correct/simple path.

Rather than what we did, I recommend heading a half mile up the road to the next parking lot and going from there. You can choose how much of the ridge trail you want to take. (use the track recorded by James Domine)

hiking
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Was a pretty simple hike. Trail wasn't marked but all paths head to the blowhole. Walk along the water to the lighthouse and then just keep going until you hit the water again. There are tide pools just below the lighthouse that look pretty cool.

Monday, October 17, 2016

This place is pretty awesome. The only thing is that there really isn't too many signs on where to go. Your 0.8 mile hike may turn slightly longer. If you just go up the road .5 miles past where the navigation takes you. You will probably see a fruit stand. Park there and walk down. Wear tennis shoes not flip flops.

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